Boasting over 300 days of sunshine each year, it's not surprising that the Languedoc region in France's south is one of the most visited. It's also home to a huge range of sightseeing opportunities from historic monuments and breathtaking churches and abbeys to art galleries and spectacular natural wonders.
Stunning Historic Monuments in Languedoc
1/ La Cité, Carcassonne - the 10th Century fortified citadel.
2/ Les Arènes, Nîmes - wonderfully preserved Roman Amphitheatre
3/ Pont du Gard, Roman aqueduct (light shows in the Summer)
4/ La Maison Carré, Nîmes - one of the world’s best preserved Roman temples
5/ Peyrepertuse Cathar Castle - the largest remaining Cathar castle with stunning views across the Languedoc landscape
Breathtaking Churches and Abbeys in Languedoc
1/ Abbaye de Fontfroide, near Narbonne
2/ L'Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou
3/ St Just Cathédral, Narbonne
4/ Cathédral Saint-Pierre, Montpellier
5/ Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Privat, Mende
Sites of Natural Beauty in Languedoc
1/ Gorges d'Héric, near Orlagues - beautiful gorges and rock pools cut into the Black Mountains
2/ Lac Salagou - Huge lake with rocky beaches in the centre of a beautiful mountain range
3/ Cirque de Navacelles - huge erosional landform with cascades form sub-terranean water sources
4/ Grotte des Desmoiselles - spectacular limestone stalactites, stalagmites and columns inside an expansive cave system
5/ Les Orgues de Rousillon - Stunning cliffs near Ile-sur-Tet that have been shaped by erosion into orga-like structures.
Museums and Galleries in Languedoc
1/ Musée Fabre, Montpellier - major art gallery
2/ Dali Museum, Perpignan - interesting building, museum of Surrealism
3/ Terra Vinéa, Corbieres - Museum of Wine making and Meditarrenean culture
4/ Carré d'Art Museum of Modern Art, Nîmes
5/ The Paul Valéry Museum, Sete - Art Museum and Exhibitions
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