From the Mediterranean Sea to the Pyrenees Mountains, the region of Languedoc-Roussillon is a garden of contrasts and rich terroir. This diverse land is beckoning you to uncover its treasures. Before we go into more detail, here’s a brief overview of the wealth of the region:
A wine-lover’s paradise! Between year round sunshine rich soil and winds that keep the vines healthy, Languedoc Roussillon has become the world’s largest wine producing region. With over 40 AOC labels of white, red, rosé and sparkling wines, small-scale vineyards produce wines of rich bouquets and complex flavors. Cultivated by Greeks and developed by Romans, the vineyards stretch from the Rhone River to the Pyrenees Mountains and extend all the way down to the beautiful sea of the Mediterranean.
Just thinking about the cuisine of the regions makes our taste buds tingle. Here, gourmet chefs rival each other for talent in using fresh, local ingredients. The sea salt , the rice from the Camargue, fresh legumes for cassoulet, markets plentiful with fresh veggies and fruits, oysters and seafood fresh from the Mediterranean and local waters…we could go on and on. We love to meet producers, farmers, vintners and chefs…which means eating and drinking some of the most deliciously varied, best food in the world! The area is loaded with gastronomic restaurants at affordable prices.
You’ll discover Greek and Roman wonders of architecture, fortresses, castles and abbeys that bear witness to a rich historic past. Many traces of prehistoric times are also found throughout Languedoc Roussillon. History is so rich in this region that there are 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the fortified town of Carcassonne, the iconic Pont du Gard Bridge, the engineering marvel of the Canal du Midi that links the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean, the Vauban fortresses and the pilgrimage routes of Santiago de Compostella.
Languedoc Roussillon has over 350 miles of coast with vast stretches of fine sand, fishing ports and hillside terraces beside the blue sea. Salt water ponds and fresh water lakes are full of sea life. The intensity of the sunlight on vineyards, valleys and mountains has brought artists here for centuries. The aroma of lavender, wild herbs and flowers like juniper, rosemary, thyme, and savory scents the air. In the enchanting cities of art and history, streets are bustling with boutiques and markets where you can buy local, artisanal products and wares.
Because of the beauty and diversity of the landscape, along with a welcoming climate, the people have a certain joie and art de vivre and love to celebrate traditions with yearly festivals. The culture is steeped in history, and is a perfect blend of old and new that they love to share with travelers. In enchanting cities of art and history, streets are bustling with boutiques and markets where you can chat with the local people and buy their artisanal products and wares.
Come with us as we go to Languedoc Roussillon to uncover some of the secrets of its traditions, culinary wealth and beautiful scenery! Stay tuned!