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    4 Great Trips In The Languedoc-Roussillon Region

    4 Great Trips In The Languedoc-Roussillon Region

    If you’re looking for a country that is jam-packed with marvelous things to do, eat, see, and discover, then you can’t go wrong with France. We spent two months there on our last visit, yet only scratched the surface of its mesmerizing attractions. Of all the places that we did visit, the Languedoc-Roussillon Region was perhaps our favorite.

    This area of France is best known for its bustling beaches and the magical city of Montpellier, but that’s only the beginning. With expansive vineyards, remnants of a rich Roman past, and quaintly quiet villages, we quickly fell in love with exploring the romantic Languedoc-Roussillon region.

    Though not an all-encompassing guide by any means, here are our four favorite activities for a visit to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France:

    Amble Through Minerve

    Minerve ...

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    Minerve is a fortified medieval village situated above an impressive gorge, just 25 miles from the Mediterranean coast. The primary attraction in this gorgeous town is getting lost wandering along the stone alleyways. The stunning surrounding scenery, rolling green foothills, and numerous idyllic cafes all ensure you’ll have plenty to keep you entertained. We recommend grabbing a bite to eat, and allowing the sleepy town to take you back in time. Alternatively, there are opportunities for hiking and biking in the surrounding hills.

    Wine Tasting


    Photo by G Morel via Flickr

    While you’re in Minerve, don’t miss the opportunity to sample minervois wine, a distinctive red wine of the region. Wine production here dates back to early Roman times. In the years since, the wine makers in and around Minerve have had time to craft an absolutely delightful wine tasting experience. The predominant grape varieties include grenache, syrah and mourvedre, which must make up at least 60 percent of the blend.

    Our favorite way to experience the wine of the region was to drive around and stop at the small, mom n’ pop wineries where wine making has been a family tradition for generations. Typically it is possible to taste a variety of wine for free, though it will only set you back a few dollars to pick up a bottle for later. Alternatively there are wine tours that will take you through the region with a guide.



    Photo by JP Tonn via Flickr

    This small city was once the grand-jewel of the Languedoc region. Today it is an authentic glimpse into what city life in the south of France looks like for locals, devoid of many of the tourists that opt for grander cities nearby. At the center of the town is the Canal de la Robine, a perfect place for strolling or relaxing. While you’re there, don’t miss a visit to the Las Halles market, an institution in the city since 1901 and the best place to stock up on French cheeses and produce (or get supplies for a canal-side picnic). There are also popular markets on Thursday and Sunday mornings in the city center, which provide a wonderful opportunity for people watching. Learn more about the city or the surrounding attractions in this great article from the Guardian.


    France-002097 - Carcassonne

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    Carcassonne is one of the most visited attractions in all of France, second only to the Eiffel Tower itself. The main attraction in the town is the expansive medieval citadel perched upon a hilltop in the town. Carcassonne was the inspiration for Disney’s "Sleeping Beauty," so it is no wonder that the walled city at times appears straight out of a fairy tale (or an amusement park due to the large number of tourists!). Visit during the off season or be prepared for massive crowds as you wander the walls of the citadel. We also suggest leaving plenty of time so you can hop into the boutique shops or grab a bite at one of the al fresco cafes!

    This is only a tiny portion of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, but it is certainly one we would recommend to anyone visiting France.

    Have you been to any of these destinations? What other spots would you recommend nearby? 

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