One of the 27 regions of France, Languedoc-Roussillon has five departments, namely Aude, Gard, Hérault, Lozère, and Pyrénées-Orientales. As the southernmost region of mainland France, the Languedoc-Roussillon region borders Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Rhône-Alpes, Auvergne, and Midi-Pyrénées on one side, and Spain, Andorra, and the Mediterranean Sea on the other side. Among the region’s major communities are Montpellier, Alès, Béziers, Carcassonne, La Palme, Narbonne, Nîmes, Perpignan, and Sète.
What to see & do
Languedoc-Roussillon is home to Abbey of Saint-Martin-du-Canigou, Canigou, Pont du Gard, Bambouseraie de Prafrance, Fontfroide Abbey, Abbey of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Château de Quéribus, Gorges de l'Ardèche, Arena of Nîmes, Peyrepertuse, Fonserannes Lock, Châteaux de Lastours, Fort de Salses, Grotte des Demoiselles, Mont Aigoual, Aven Armand, Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse, Carcassonne, Château de Flaugergues, Cité de Carcassonne, Étang de Leucate, Cirque de Navacelles, and Maison Carrée, to name a few. A popular attraction in the region is its winemaking heritage, as it covers 740,300 acres or 2,996 square kilometres of vineyards, making it an important winemaking centre for many centuries. The first vineyards of Gaul developed around the towns of Béziers and Narbonne. Languedoc-Roussillon is also known as the largest contributor to the European Union’s glut of wine, known as the wine lake. Exploring the region’s natural wonders is also a worthwhile activity. See the reintroduced griffon vulture in Cevennes; the deep river valleys and marvellous woods at Le Sidobre, which is also known for its granite that are carved into amazing shapes; the Monts d’Espinouse, a range of relatively low mountains; Pic Carlit; and the Pyrenees.
How to get around within Languedoc-Roussillon
Languedoc-Roussillon’s capital, Montpellier, can be accessed via its trams and buses, in addition to cars and bikes. Travelling within Montpellier via its tram service can be done through its current four tram lines such as Line 1 which goes from west to east, or Mosson to Odysseum and back; Line 2 which travels southwest to northeast or Saint-Jean-de-Vedas to Jacou and back; Line 3 going from west to southeast, or Juvignac to and from Perols/Lattes; and Line 4 circle line which travels from Albert 1er to and from Saint-Denis; an additional Line 5 is currently under construction. The tickets are to be purchased before the ride, via the multi-lingual ticket machines at each tram stop. To take the buses, the transportation leaves from stops that are in front of the train station. The bus ticket is also available for purchase from automated ticket machines that are located by the tram stops. When travelling from the Port Marianne tram stop, the bus line 28 runs to the beach at Palavas les Flots. From the Perols-Etang d'Or tram terminal, the Navette des Plages bus goes to the Face a la Plage beach, travelling between Palavas les Flots and La Grande Motte. Bus 131 travels to Palavas les Flots. Additionally, Montpellier has a night bus service, L’Amigo, which runs from the main bus stop in front of the train station, travelling to various nightclubs that are located on the outskirts of the area.
How to get there
The airports within the Languedoc-Roussillon region include the Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport and Perpignan-Rivesaltes Airport. Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport serves Montpellier, France, and is located in Mauguio. The airport has flights to and from local and international destinations such as Casablanca, Fes, Nador, Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Rome, London, Basel, Amsterdam, Munich, Charleroi, Nantes, and Strasbourg through flights provided by Air Arabia Maroc, Air France, Air France operated by HOP!, Alitalia, Alitalia operated by Alitalia CityLiner, easyJet Switzerland, KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper, Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair, and Volotea. Perpignan-Rivesaltes Airport or Llabanère Airport, the airport that serves Perpignan and Rivesaltes, France has regular and summer seasonal flights to and from destinations that include Dublin, Paris, Ajaccio, Southampton, Charleroi, London, Birmingham, and Nantes, through airlines like Aer Lingus, Air France operated by HOP!, Chalair Aviation, Flybe, Iberia operated by Air Nostrum, Ryanair, and Volotea. Other airports within the region include Carcassonne Airport and Béziers Cap d'Agde Airport.