in the Languedoc area of the south of France.
most of the hotels on the Languedoc coast - with its long sandy beaches
- are modern chain hotels or similar, catering for package tours and
the mass market, away from the coast, in Languedoc's historic towns and
its villages among the vineyards and the garrigue (dry stony
landscape) independent travellers will find a selection of
attractive small hotels.
The southern tip of the area, the
Eastern Pyrenees department, is French Catalonia, an area of dry hills
and mountains; its low lying areas are reputed as the mildest part of
France, where the peach-trees are in blossom as early as February.
Among the most visited towns and cities of Languedoc are Nimes, with
its famous Roman remains, Carcassonne with its mediaeval city, and
Sète, a popular established seaside resort and fishing port.
regional capital Montpellier is a vibrant modern city with a historic
Apart from tourism, one of Languedoc's main
industries is wine producing, and the region is France's greatest wine
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in Languedoc ....
With airports at Carcassonne, Perpignan,
Montpellier and Nimes, served variously by low-cost flights from the
UK, Belgium, Germany and Scandinavia, Languedoc is an easy part of
France to reach for a short break or a longer stay. The long sandy
beaches offer plenty of room for everyone, specially in June, September
and October, when the summer crowds have gone home.
Inland, the area is famed as the largest
wine-producing area in France, and there are plenty of vineyards to
visit and local wines to sample.
There is also plenty to see, from the Cathar
in the south, to the iconic mediaeval walled city of
Carcassonne, or the fine Roman remains at Nimes, and another ancient
walled city at Aigues Mortes.
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For Lozère department, see Massif
South : Aude and Eastern
Aude and Pyrenees Orientales
is located just in the department of Ariège, off the D119
some 30 miles southwest of Caracassonne. Delightful rural setting
fields and hills, a "dream location" according to more than one review.
Good restaurant, friendly helpful Anglo-French owners.
- Carcassonne (11 Aude)
du Pont Vieux
is a friendly ** hotel housed in old buildings between the Old Bridge
and the mediaeval ramparts. It has character, a garden and above all
location. However, being so close to the old city, it gets rapidly
booked up at peak seasons.
Between Carcassonne & Narbonne (11
,**, is a renovated former hacienda in the village of
Capendu, 15 minutes from Carcassonne and less than an hour
the coast. 17 rooms, three
suites, restaurant serving local specialities, free parking &
wifi . Close to the Canal du Midi, and to local vineyards.
- Cucugnan (11 Aude) - Cathar
is located in a small village in the heart of the Cathar castle area,
on the southern edge of the Aude. Just 9 rooms in this small hotel with
restaurant. Friendly proprietors and a restaurant that gets very good
write-ups. Free parking a short distance from the hotel, which is
located among the narrow streets of the historic village. Good value
- Le Boulou, (66 Pyrenees
***, is an elegantly renovated 17th century Catalan manor house, with outdoor pool, close
to the Spanish border. It is
3 kms from the A9
and close to Collioure and the coast. The restaurant, with
terrace and open hearth, serves home-made food . Book online
directly with the hotel.
- Céret (66 -
The *** Hotel
is a delightful and tastefully renovated traditional building in the
foothills of the Pyrenees, 2 km from Céret. Peace and quiet,
heated outdoor pool,
gardens, friendly and courteous welcome in
this family-run hotel. Choice of restaurants in Céret, a 5
minute drive away.
- Vernet les Bains, (66 -
** is a very pleasant small hotel situated in the little old
genteel spa town of Vernet les Bains. It is ideally located for
visitors wanting to take the scenic "Little
yellow train" up into the
Pyrenees, or go hiking in the Canigou area. The hotel is clean, in a
calm location, and has a restaurant.
- Banyuls sur Mer (66 -
The *** Catalan
hotel stands on the hillside overlooking Banyuls and the sea.
Restaurant, air-conditioning, two outdoor swimming pools with sea
views. Guests enthuse about the wonderful views and the quality of the
restaurant. Garage. Spanish border 5 km by road.
** offers basic and quite acceptable budget accommodation; but the
copious breakfasts, served in a capacious banqueting room, are
value. Though close to the old town centre and
to the station - departure point for the Cathar country tourist train,
the hotel is quiet. There is an excellent pizzeria, le
North : Gard &
and Hérault departments
- Avèze, Cevennes
National Park (30
Cocagne, in English, means the land of milk and honey. This
authentic Cevennes inn, with plenty of character. Simple and functional
decoration, garden, friendly owners and a gourmet restaurant offering
- Nimes (30 Gard)
*** Located just a short distance south of Nimes, and with easy car
access to the city and its Roman remains, this hotel, in a
farm, is on the edge of the coutryside. Air conditioned rooms, pool,
Off the beaten track, two-star independent "Logis de France" in a
traditional small Provencal style village just a short distance from
the famous Pont du Gard aqueduct (UNESCO world heritage site). Located
between Nimes and Avignon and in easy reach of both. Good restaurant.
- Saint Laurent des Arbres,
near Nimes (30 Gard) and Avignon
le Saint Laurent
- in a 14th century building in a mediaeval village, this is a charming
small hotel with 7 guest rooms and 3 suites. Peace and quiet, jacuzzi,
sauna, hammam, quiet lounges and patio. Ideal location for a romantic
des Poètes. ** A small hotel
metres from the train station, and looking out over
the Plateau des Poètes park, just beyond the lower end of
Paul Riquet, the main tree-lined boulevard in old Béziers.
decorated with simple but good taste. The whole of the old city is
within easy walking distance.
le National ** Small
two-star hotel in Sète, with 27 rooms. Located in the old
part of town,
close to marinas and within easy walking distance of the train station,
the hotel is not far from the sea front. Recently renovated, this hotel
has very good visitor reviews, and offers good value for money.
* Gites in
Provence and the Riviera
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