This post is a little out of the ordinary, as regular readers will know this isn’t something I write about frequently. Or ever, in fact. However, after staying in Languedoc for a week and falling in love with its character, I thought it was only fitting I share the four best places to visit in the region.
Although quite remote, this historic town is in a stunning setting and has a range of restaurants, bars and gift shops to keep tourists busy. It’s the first stop of the Yellow Mountain Train that follows a scenic route through the mountains, and is well worth a separate visit (see the pictures at the bottom) as it provides some breathtaking views and a trip to Fort-Romeu, with an altitude of 1500 metres. There are also walks you can do nearby, through the mountains, for breathtaking views. Advantages: Absolutely beautiful, a little quieter than other places mentioned, many places to eat, scenic, the yellow train goes from the train station in the village. Disadvantages: Difficult to get to.
It’s the most beautiful place, and has loads of character when you start to explore. Several stony beaches are dotted around the seaside town, along with the old town walls and castle, adding to the character. Along with backstreets full of gorgeous cafes and restaurants, there are ice cream parlours and creperies everywhere, and bars every second building. Boat trips and hire boats are also available here, as well as large sections of the beaches designated to swimmers and snorkellers, with diving platforms and pedalos. There’s a walled path around most of the town, meaning you can wander from the beach to a restaurant and around the coves in the shade, and there are plenty of sheltered areas to eat, sit, relax or watch the fish. The inner town has many beautifully designed streets to walk down, with houses painted in different colours and flowers growing off the walls – the Artist’s Quarter hosts the majority of these roads, and they’re the perfect backdrop for photos, as well as a quiet wander. The town is overall a lovely place to visit and has a huge range of things to do. Advantages: Stunning, historic, lots of sightseeing, a range of places to eat. Disadvantages: Best in warm weather due to the range of seaside activities.
We visited here twice in the evening and were pleasantly discovered by the range of eating places, ice cream parlours and tapas bars. It’s also a scenic, albeit busy, walk along the promenade that runs along the beach, which is great for early evening strolls. It’s a good option for people who like eating out, especially later at night, and live music. Advantages: Good views, large selection of places to eat, a big beach with plenty of space. Disadvantages: Perhaps a little crowded, many restaurants are similar.
We stayed here for a week and were pleasantly surprised by the huge port (complete with several boat trips and boat hire companies) lined with places to eat and drink; not only was it buzzy in the evening, it was a nice place to walk in the morning, and a certain ice cream shop got a fair amount of business from a few trips. The beach was along from the port and although we opted to go to another beach, it offered a huge swimming area and pebbly beach to sit and sunbathe, with a walkway adjacent to the sea. Along with more attractions and entertainment, including several horse riding schools, jet ski rent and large gardens, it’s quiet enough to be a relaxing break and also full of things to do. Advantages: Many places to eat, fairground attractions, very atmospheric, boat trips for all ages and interests. Disadvantages: Some bars don’t open until late, there is little shade.