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Languedoc-Roussillon Holiday Cottages

Languedoc-Roussillon region is composed of 5 departments: Lozere, Gard, Herault, Aude, and Pyrenees Orientales. This region is very diversified: farmlands, countryside, vineyards, the beaches of the Cote du Languedoc (214 km) and important cities such as Montpellier, Narbonne, Perpignan, Beziers and Carcassonne.This region was one of the earliest to be inhabited by humans and, located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, was an extremely important trade route and passage.

 

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The Roman history of Languedoc-Roussillon is long and diverse . The names of towns, the Catalan language, the region’s heady wines and olive-oil dishes all testify to the lasting influence of 400 years of occupation. It is also where the Romanesque art emerged in the early 11th Century. This is also a region where the “Cathars”, named after the Greek “katharos” or “pure”, fought the Catholic church of the time in the 13th Century. The population of the Mediterranean sea arrived on the coast in the VI century BC. They introduced the culture of the vineyards and the olive production. The city of Carcassonne was the site of a Roman town until the invasion of the Visigoths in the 5th century. The olive trees of Languedoc grow dry little black olives or juicy big green olives. Olives and olive oil are on all outdoor markets. This region consume 50 000 tonnes of olive oil per year! From your apartment take a trip of the canal du Midi which is the oldest functioning canal in Europe, linking Toulouse to the Mediterranean sea and is classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Four departments of the Languedoc-Roussillon, Gard, Herault, Aude and Pyrenees Orientales share the biggest French vineyards. It produces 40% of the French production of wine. The different AOC wine of Languedoc are: Fitou, Minervois, Corbieres and Tavel. Don’t leave the area before sampling some of the fantastic wines produced in this region.

Gruissan beach - Twenty kilometres south of Narbonne.


Cathédrale de St-Just and St-Pasteur in Narbonne - the only Gothic cathedral in the Mediterranean


Street Markets In Beziers – There are street markets on every day of the week

The citadel of the upper town in Carcassone


Château Comtal in Carcassone

<p>The ancient walled city of Carcassone is set high up on a hill with&nbsp; drawbridges, towers and fabulous cobbled streets being added to the&nbsp; UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p>Carcassonne is actually two cities in one. Besides the pretty-as-a-picture walled city and the hordes of visitors that throng its streets, there is a low-key, lower town that dates back to the Middle Ages. Known as the Bastide Saint Louis.&nbsp;&nbsp; In the bastide a short stroll from your apartment you will fine&nbsp; bars, shops, cafés and plenty of restaurants.</p>
<p><br />Perpignan is the Catilan economic and cultural capital of Roussillon. There is a strong influence of Barcelona shown in its architecture of the cathedral, royal palace, convents and monasteries.&nbsp; On the Mediterranean there is a love bay called Collioure.&nbsp; Matisse painted the picturesque landscape of this Catalan port. The town was restored to France in 1659, after being annexed to the kingdoms of Aragon and Majorca.&nbsp;&nbsp; It is a small fishing village and at the Societe Roque you can purchase some love anchovy delicacies.<br /><br />&nbsp;Montpellier, France is a bustling and vibrant capital of the Languedoc region often overshadowed by neighboring cities in Provence,but it is well worthy of a visit. The city is beautiful, filled with architecture and rich in history. It's lined with boutiques and sidewalk cafes, and dotted with magnificent squares.</p>
<p><br />Narbonne, wandering around the old medieval core and its lively streets. Narbonne’s glory days though, when the town was the capital and steaming metropolis of the entire Languedoc region, are long gone and today the town is a compact and satisfying sort of a place that’s home to just 47,000 people. The local economy is based squarely on the wine industry making the most of the renowned nearby vineyards of Corbières. Narbonne also functions as a transportation crossroads: at the junction of the A9 and A61 motorways, it’s a doddle to reach from Toulouse, Barcelona and all points east along the Mediterranean.</p>
<p><br />Beziers is a friendly and vibrant place to be.&nbsp; The town of Beziers is famous for its bullflights, rugby, and wine from the vineyards of the surrounding areas.&nbsp;&nbsp; It's roads seem to be turned in on themselves, making their way up to the massive 14th century Cathedrale St. Nazaire. The heart of the town of Beziers is the Allees Paul Riquet Often the site for seasonal markets and festivities, there is always something to see along the Allees. Every Friday you will find the Allees hosting the town of Beziers ' flower market, while the first Saturday of each month it plays host to an antique market.&nbsp; After relaxing on your apartment balcony take a wander through the cobbled back streets calling in on shops and boutiques down the Rue du 4 Septembre or Rue de la Republique</p>

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