Here is our guide to the 10 best things to do in Languedoc, South of France, with kids. If you are in Languedoc with your children or grandchildren and you're looking for things to do to occupy their time, then follow our list of kids activities to do in France, as compiled (following extensive research and much debate) by our 3 boys, Cameron 17, Archie 14 and Finlay 12.
The Languedoc region in France is situated in the South of France, running northward along the Mediterranean coast from the border with Spain. The official name of the region is Languedoc-Roussillon, although this is often shortened to just the Languedoc. The Languedoc in France is a famous wine and tourism region in the South of France. The Languedoc region, produces over a third of the total wine produced in France and many of its wines rival those of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Particular Languedoc wines to look out for include the red wines from Fitou, Saint-Chinian, Faugères, Pic-St-Loup, Corbières, Minervois, Montpeyroux and Costières de Nîmes; Rose wines from Faugères and Corbières; and the best white wine in the Languedoc region is undoubtedly Picpoul-de-Pinet. There is also a great sparkling wine, Crémant de Limoux, which is produced in the Aude town of Limoux.
The Languedoc region of France is a popular French holiday destination, with long sunny days, Mediterranean beaches and plenty of tourist facilities. The Languedoc is also home to thousands of miles of walks and bike rides; National Parks and wildlife reserves (such as the Camargue and the Cevennes); thermal springs and spas; grottoes and caves; and plenty of ancient historical sites covering the whole of the Languedoc's long history. All in all, you are not going to be short things to do in the Languedoc region of France, if you are visiting on you holidays.
The weather in Languedoc is some of the most varied in France. Along with Corsica, the Languedoc-Roussillon climate is the hottest in France, with average summer temperatures above 30oC (80oF). The weather in Languedoc-Roussillon is predominantly Mediteranean, with long hot dry summers, mild winters, and warm springs and autumns. The Languedoc Roussillon region is a dry region of France, rainfall is rare but when it comes you can experience spectacular downpours. You can expect around 300 days of sunshine a year in the Languedoc, but the region covers a diverse area and the weather in Languedoc can vary considerably within its borders.
The Water Jousting festival in Sete, France, originated in Sete centuries ago. This sport is now a passionate fixture of Languedoc traditional culture. Water jousting is really one of the most unusual sports from around the world, something that really has to be witnessed to be believed. Watching the Water Jousting has to be top of your list of things to do in Sete, France, this summer.
No less than 10 Languedoc wines feature in the Sunday Times list of the top wines to buy in 2010. The respected Sunday Times wine critic, Janice Robinson, has picked out 10 Languedoc wines in her wine buyers guide for 2010. Beating off stiff competition from Australia, Spain, Chile, South Africa and Bordeaux, the Languedoc wines topped the poll.
Pezenas is without doubt the most beautiful town in Languedoc, if not the whole of South France. The best time to visit Pezenas is in the height of summer during the regular Friday night Estivale when all the shops in Pezenas stay open late, local vineyards are selling their wine on the streets and the old town is buzzing with life.
Beautiful Collioure is one of my favourite destinations in the South of France. With the Pyrenees mountains tumbling into the sea, the impressive harbour, the castle, wonderful old church, beach-side restaurants, narrow old streets, bijou boutiques, art trails and three beaches; what more could you ask for in one town? Read on form more Collioure tourist information.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region is one of Euope's most fascinating areas. Here is our recommendation of the 10 best things to do in Languedoc-Roussillon during your stay. Our list of best places to visit in Languedoc Roussillon is in no particular and is purely based on what we have enjoyed during our 11 years of living in Languedoc-Roussillon.
If you love excellent food and wine, then there can be no finer restaurant in the South of France as Auberge du Vieux Puits. This Michelin star restaurant is run by the celebrated French chef, Gilles Goujon; and it has just received its 3rd Michelin star award. I can not recommend this restaurant highly enough. The food, the service, the wine, the cheese . . . all were excellent.
Here is a list of the best beaches near Montpellier, France. Montpellier is a vibrant, metropolitan city in the South of France. Regular voted as the most desired city to live in France, Montpellier is also expanding rapidly. Montpellier is a well connected city, with the TGV, an international airport and the main North-South autoroutes through France all close at hand. But what is probably not well known about Montpellier is that there are many beaches near Montpellier, just 15 kms away.
Perpignan is situated 8kms inland from the Mediterranean coast. If you are looking for the best beaches near Perpignan, then there are many to choose from, depending on your preference. To the north of Perpignan, France, the beaches tend to be wide and flat and often prone to a lot of wind. Thus beaches such as Le Franqui and Le Barcares tend to be popular with wind surfers and kite surfers. Some of the popular beach resorts near Perpignan, such as Argeles sur Mer, St Cyprien and Canet Plage tend to be more popular with families. In my opinion, the best beaches Perpignan has to offer are on the Cote Vermeille.