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Small friendly hotels in the Languedoc area of the south of France.
While 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. The regional capital Montpellier is a vibrant modern city with a historic heart.
  Apart from tourism, one of Languedoc's main industries is wine producing, and the region is France's greatest wine producer.

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Holidaying in Languedoc ....
With airports at Carcassonne, Perpignan, Béziers, 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 castles 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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Jump to: Aude / Eastern Pyrenees Gard / Hérault

   For Lozère department, see Massif Central

South : Aude and Eastern Pyrenees departments
Aude and Pyrenees orientales departmentsAude and Pyrenees Orientales
  •  €   Near Carcassonne (11 Aude)
    The Auberge du Balestié is located just in the department of Ariège, off the D119 near Malgoude some 30 miles southwest of Caracassonne. Delightful rural setting amidst fields and hills, a "dream location" according to more than one review. Good restaurant,  friendly helpful Anglo-French owners.

  • Carcassonne (11 Aude)
    The Hotel 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 Aude)
    Le Top du Roulier ,**, is a renovated former hacienda in the village of Capendu,  15 minutes from Carcassonne and less than an hour from 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 country
     €  the ** Auberge de Cucugnan 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 orientales)
    The Relais des Chartreuses ***, is an elegantly renovated 17th century Catalan manor house, with outdoor pool, close to the Spanish border. It is 3 kms from the A9 motorway, 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 - Pyrénées orientales)
    The *** Hotel Mas Trilles 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 - Pyrénées orientales)
    The hôtel Princess ** 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 - Pyrénées orientales)
    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.
  •  €   Rivesaltes (66 Pyrenees orientales)
    The Hotel des Vignes ** offers basic and quite acceptable budget accommodation; but the copious breakfasts, served in a capacious banqueting room, are exceptional good value. Though close to the old town centre and right next to the station - departure point for the Cathar country tourist train, the hotel is quiet. There is an excellent pizzeria, le Brasero,  close by.

30 North : Gard & Hérault departments

Gard & Hérault departmentsGard and Hérault departments
  • Avèze, Cevennes National Park (30 Gard)
    Auberge Cocagne. Cocagne, in English, means the land of milk and honey.  This is an authentic Cevennes inn, with plenty of character. Simple and functional decoration, garden, friendly owners and a gourmet restaurant offering local produce.

  • Nimes (30 Gard)
    Hotel Pré Gallofre. *** Located just a short distance south of Nimes, and with easy car access to the city and its Roman remains, this hotel,  in a former farm, is on the edge of the coutryside. Air conditioned rooms,  pool, gardens, restaurant.
  • Saint-Hilaire-d'Ozilhan, near Nimes (30 Gard)
    Hotel l'Arceau
    . ** 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
    Hotel 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 break
  •  €  Béziers, (34 Hérault) 
    Hotel des Poètes. ** A small hotel just 200 metres from the train station, and looking out over the Plateau des Poètes park, just beyond the lower end of the Allées Paul Riquet, the main tree-lined boulevard in old Béziers. Bedrooms are decorated with simple but good taste. The whole of the old city is within easy walking distance.
  •  €  Sète (34 Hérault)
    Hotel 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.

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Attractive and traditional hotels in the historic towns of the Languedoc, and in quiet locations off the beaten track in this most southerly region of mainland France. The iHi France independent hotel guide is a selective guide to small independent hotels with character, from five-star to budget hotels, offering a pleasant environment and good value for money.
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Other regions of France

Tourist information for the southern regions of France
Aquitaine: guide to the region and its sites
Auvergne web  travel and regional guide
Languedoc-Roussillon: a short tourist guide
Provence-web: a short guide to Provence 

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