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Languedoc-Roussillon places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. See also our Languedoc-Roussillon travel guide.

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Agde (Herault)

Agde is a very pleasant, unspoiled town a few kilometres from the Mediterranean coast
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Aigne (Herault)

The fortified village centre of Aigne make it one of our favourite Minervois villages
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Aigues-Mortes (Gard)

The remarkable town of Aigues-Mortes is a fortified town that retains its entire medieval defences and an interesting historical centre
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Aigueze (Gard)

The pretty village of Aigueuze, listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France', also has great views across the Gorges de l'Ardeche
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Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame (Pyrenees-Orientales)

The church in Ainhoa is a traditional Basque church with rows of balconies around the walls
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Alet-les-Bains (Aude)

The abbey ruins are the most imposing monument in Alet-les-Bains but be sure to explore the town to discover the other highlights
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Anduze (Gard)

The historic heart of Anduze, with its small squares and medieval houses, is very pleasant to explore
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Argeles-sur-Mer (Pyrenees-Orientales)

The long beach, the forest and the lively town mean Argeles-sur-Mer is a very popular summertime resort
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Arles-sur-Tech (Pyrenees-Orientales)

The main highlight in Arles-sur-Tech is the Benedictine Abbey and cloisters, mostly dating from the 13th century
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Aumont Aubrac (Lozere)

Not perhaps a major destination but Aumont-Aubrac is pleasant to explore when you are nearby
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Avene (Herault)

More famous for the beauty products produced here, the steep streets of the old village of Avene are also enjoyable to explore
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Bagnols-sur-Ceze (Gard)

Bagnols-sur-Céze is one of the largest towns in the northern Gard region of Languedoc-Roussillon
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Balaruc-le-Vieux (Herault)

Balaruc-le-Vieux is a small village on the Etang-de-Thau and near Balaruc-le-Bains, a long-established spa town
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Banyuls-sur-Mer (Pyrenees-Orientales)

As well as the beach in Banyuls-sur-Mer there is also an old town of narrow streets to explore
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Barjac (Gard)

Barjac is a historic market town in the lovely countryside of he northern Gard department
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Beaucaire (Gard)

Beaucaire is well situtaed for exploring the popular towns of Arles, Nimes and Avignon
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Beziers (Herault)

Beziers is a lively, thriving town with a good number of interesting monuments to see
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Bize-Minervois (Aude)

Bize-Minervois is a small village but its pretty houses and popular swimming river in summer make it a good place for a detour
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Bouzigues (Herault)

No visit to Bouzigues, on the Etang de Thau, would be complete without sampling the fresh oysters and mussels
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Cap d'Agde (Herault)

The resort at Cap d'Agde is one of the liveliest on the Languedoc coast, well known for its naturist and non-naturist beaches
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Carcassonne (Aude)

The medieval fortress-town of Carcassonne is very extensive and very interesting. Highly recommended!
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Castelbouc (Lozere)

The tiny village of Castelbouc, in the Gorges du Tarn, is very lovely and in an exceptional riverside location
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Castelnaudary (Aude)

Slightly away from tourist routes, Castelnaudary has a pleasant canal port and is the town where cassoulet was invented
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Castelnou (Pyrenees-Orientales)

The picturesque village of Castelnou, overlooked by a castle, is one of our favourite Languedoc-Roussillon villages
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Caunes-Minervois (Aude)

If you are exploreing the Minervois wine region you will also want to take a break in the small village of Caunes-Minervois
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Ceret (Pyrenees-Orientales)

Ceret has an extensive historic town centre and a Picasso Museum among its highlights. Among our favourite towns in the western Pyrenees.
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Cevennes National Park (Gard)

The varied landscapes of the Cevennes National Park are famous as the setting for Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Travels with a Donkey'!
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Chateau d'Aguilar (Aude)

The Château d'Aguilar is one of the most famous Cathar castles in the south of France
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Chateau de Peyrepertuse (Aude)

Visit the Peyrepertuse Castle, the most popular of the Cathar castles found in the south of France
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Chateau de Puilaurens (Aude)

Castle Puilaurens is a Cathar castle of France in a beautiful mountain location
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Chateau de Queribus (Aude)

Castle Quéribus is a famous castle on the summit of a mountain in the south of France used by the Cathars
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Chateau de Termes (Aude)

Château De Termes is one of the most important Cathar castles in southern France
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Chateaux de Lastours (Aude)

The four ruined castles in Lastours, in cathar country, were built in the 13th century
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Cirque de Moureze (Herault)

The Cirque de Moureze is one of the loveliest scenic spectacles in northern Languedoc-Roussillon
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Clermont-l'Herault (Herault)

Clermont-l'Herault is a pleasant place to take a break if you are exploring the scenery of the region such as the Lac du Salagou and the Cirque de Moureze
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Collioure (Pyrenees-Orientales)

With a very attractive traditional harbour town to exlore and a small beach, Collioure is our favourite Languedoc resort
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Cornillon (Gard)

Cornillon, France is a hilltop village with an interesting historic centre in the north of Languedoc-Roussillon
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Elne (Pyrenees-Orientales)

Elne is a quiet town, with the cathedral cloisters among the highlights in the town
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Etang de Thau (Herault)

The large lagoon of the Etang de Thau has several interesting small fishing villages around its edges
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Eus (Pyrenees-Orientales)

The steep streets of Eus re very lovely to explore - and it is said to be the sunniest village in France!
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Florac (Lozere)

Both the surrounding scenery and the town centre of Florac make it a very enjoyable destination
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Fontfroide Abbey (Aude)

The Abbey at Fontfroide dates from the 12th century, and is one of the most interesting abbeys in the region
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Fort de Salses (Pyrenees-Orientales)

The medieval fort of Salses was transformed by Vauban to create a substantial and impregnable fortress
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Gorges de l'Aude (Aude)

The Gorges de l'Aude are a scenic highlight to explore close to Carcassonne
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Gorges de la Fou (Pyrenees-Orientales)

In the Gorges de la Fou you can walk along the bottom of one of the deepest gorges in the Pyrenees
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Gorges de la Jonte (Lozere)

Less dramatic and less well known than the Gorges du Tarn north of here, the Gorges de la Jonte are also very scenic and a pleasure to explore
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Gorges du Tarn (Lozere)

The cliffs and deep wooded slopes of the Gorges du Tarn make it one of the most lovely places in France to explore
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Goudargues (Gard)

Goudargues is a small town on the banks of a canal in the Gard department in the Cèze valley
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Gruissan (Aude)

As well as the pleasure port and old village centre, Gruissan is also well known for its windsurfing
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Ille-sur-Tet (Pyrenees-Orientales)

Here in Ille-sur-Tet it is the remarkable rock formations on the edge of the village that are most interesting to visitors
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La Garde-Guerin (Lozere)

The isolated village of La Garde-Guerin is one of the best preserved and unspoiled French villages that we have visited
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La Grande-Motte (Herault)

The 1960's architecture gives La Grande-Motte its unique character, and the long beach attracts the crowds!
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La Palme (Aude)

La Palme is a small traditional village in Languedoc-Roussillon with a beach, lagoon and vineyards to explore
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La Pomarede (Aude)

Very tiny so don't travel for ages to get here but if you are passing the village of La Pomarede it is a lovely place for a stroll and a picnic
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La Roque-sur-Ceze (Gard)

It is very lovely exploring the steep streets in the ancient village of La Roque-sur-Ceze
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Lagrasse (Aude)

The romantic atmosphere in medieval Lagrasse have made it a popular centre for artisans and artists
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Le Grau-du-Roi (Gard)

Le Grau-de-Roi is one of the most eastern, and one of the most popular, beach resorts in Languedoc-Roussillon
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Le Lac-du-Salagou (Herault)

The Lac-du-Salagou is a popular leisure lake with a wide range of activities and several places of interest close by
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Le Pont de Montvert (Lozere)

The village of Le Pont-de-Montvert is one of the prettiest villages in the Cevennes National Park, on the river Tarn
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Le Vigan (Gard)

Le Vigan is one of the most interesting towns to visit within the Cevennes National Park
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Les loups du Gevaudan (Lozere)

The Loups de Gevaudan park is a chance to see wolves living in semi-liberty in France
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Les Matelles (Herault)

The small medieval village of Les Matelles makes a pleasant break from the coast when you are staying near Montpellier
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Leucate (Aude)

The resort at Leucate is one of the liveliest and most interesting along the Languedoc coast
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Limoux (Aude)

The small town of Limoux is best visited in late spring to enjoy the Carnival of Limoux, one of the oldest and best known carnivals in France
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Lodeve (Herault)

It is undoubtedly the Saint-Fulcran cathedral that will form the centre of your visit to Lodeve
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Loupian (Herault)

Take a stroll around the town of Loupian, then visit the 1st century mosaics at the nearby Roman villa
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Lunas and area (Herault)

Lunas is one of the villages in the attractive 'Land of Mountains and Springs' region of Herault
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Lussan (Gard)

Lussan is a pretty village of character in Languedoc-Roussillon with two ancient castles
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Maguelone (Herault)

The Cathedral at Maguelone stands on a small volcanic island on the southern edge of the Etang de Thau
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Marseillan (Herault)

Marseillan is one of the liveliest harbour towns on the Etng de Thau
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Marvejols (Lozere)

The quiet regional town of Marvejols has several interesting historic monuments to discover
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Mende (Lozere)

On the northern edge of the Cevennes National Park, Mende itself has a cathedral and other interesting sites to visit
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Meyrueis (Lozere)

The small rivers that meet in the centre of the town and the lively atmosphere in summer make Meyrueis a popular detour with those exploring the scenic highlights in Lozere
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Meze (Herault)

The harbour is the centre of activity in the fishing village of Meze, with oyster production active here for hundreds of years
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Minerve (Herault)

The ancient streets of the attractive village of Minerve are very pleasant to explore, and you also have great views across the region
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Molitg-les-Bains (Pyrenees-Orientales)

If you are wanting a spa break in the Pyrenees mountains the scenery and setting for Molitg-les-Bains would make it a good choice
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Montbrun (Lozere)

The small but very pretty village of Montbrun is at the eastern end of the Gorges du Tarn
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Montclus (Gard)

Montclus is a tiny but beautiful village in a lovely setting on the Cèze river
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Montolieu (Aude)

Built on the edge of a deep ravine, Montolieu is well known as a centre for historic books and book production
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Montpellier (Herault)

The most vibrant city on the Languedoc coast, Montpellier is a very lively university town
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Montpellier-Antigone District (Herault)

In the Antigone district of Montpellier you can see several exeptional examples of neo-classical architecture
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Montpellier-Odysseum District (Herault)

The Odysseum district of Montpellier is the vibrant modern new centre in the town, with the aquarium and the planetarium
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Mosset (Pyrenees-Orientales)

The medieval streets in the heart of Mosset have helped it become listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'
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Mount Canigou (Pyrenees-Orientales)

Although not very high, Mont Canigou dominates the landscape and culture of the wetern Pyrenees
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Narbonne (Aude)

Among other highlights, the parts of Narbonne along the canal and around the cathedral are especially worth exploring
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Nimes (Gard)

Nimes contains some of the most complete ancient Roman monuments to be seen anywhere in France
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Olargues (Herault)

With a lovely medieval centre and the scenic background of the Jaur river that encircles Olargues this is one of our favourite Languedoc villages
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Palavas-les-Flots (Herault)

At Palavas-les-Flots you will find a long beach and a resort that is popular in summer
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Perpignan (Pyrenees-Orientales)

Those looking for a traditional French town with interesting sites will be pleased to discover Perpignan
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Pezenas (Herault)

The wide range of architecture and its unspoiled character make Pezenas one of our favourite towns in the region
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Pont du Gard (Gard)

The Pont-du-Gard is a 2000 year old Roman aquaduct, an extraordinary feat of engineering and one of the most impressive Roman monuments in Europe
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Port Vendres (Pyrenees-Orientales)

Port-Vendres is a natural port (unusual here in southern Languedoc), a local fishing town and a yacht harbour
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Port-la-Nouvelle (Aude)

One of the largest industrial ports in France, Port-la-Nouvelle also has a popular beach resort in the town
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Prades (Pyrenees-Orientales)

Prades makes a pleasant detour when you are exploring the valleys of the western Pyrenees
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Prafrance bamboo garden (Gard)

We enjoyed walking through the alleys of bamboo at the bamboo garden at Prafrance
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Prats de Mollo la Preste (Pyrenees-Orientales)

In Prats-de-Mollo you will enjoy exploring the historic centre, then the energetic can climb the hill to the Fort Lagarede above the town
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Quillan (Aude)

Be sure to take a stroll through Quillan as part of your trip to explore the Aude countryside
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Rennes-le-Chateau (Aude)

A small village with lovely views, it is also the legends associating Rennes-le-Chateau with the Holy Grail that attracts many visitors here
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Rennes-les-Bains (Aude)

Rennes-les-Bains is a traditional spa town in the Aude countryside
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Roquebrun (Herault)

The seting on the River Orb and the Mediterranean garden add to the charm of this small, unspoiled town
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Saint Cyprien - Pyrenees Orientales (Pyrenees-Orientales)

Activity in the seaside resort of Saint-Cyprien is most definitely centred around the beach and seafront!
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Saint-Ambroix (Gard)

Saint-Ambroix is an interesting town, in part because of the ruined castles and the rocky 'plateau du dugas' in the village centre
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Saint-Chely-du-Tarn (Lozere)

Saint-Chely-du-Tarn is in an idyllic spot within the western part of the Gorges du Tarn
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Saint-Chinian (Herault)

The busy village of Saint-Chinian in the Minerves is best known for the good quality wind produced here
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Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert (Herault)

Even as you approach Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert along the Gorges de l'Herault you can see it is rather special - and you certainly aren't disappointed when you arrive!
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Saint-Hilaire (Aude)

Saint-Hilaire is a pleasant village that is dominated by the lovely Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, built in the 13th-14th century
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Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres (Gard)

Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres is a small historic village with several imposing historic monuments in the Gard department
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Saint-Martin-de-Londres (Herault)

There are various historic buildings of interest in Saint-Martinde-Londres village including a 12th century roman style church
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Saint-Victor-la-Coste (Gard)

Saint-Victor-la-Coste in Languedoc-Roussillon has several historic monuments including an ancient castle on the hill behind the village
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Sainte-Enimie (Lozere)

Sainte-Enimie is the most extensive, and perhaps the most interesting, of the pretty villages along the Gorges du Tarn
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Saissac (Aude)

In Saissac the highlights include the views from the top of the village and the castle at the bottom of the village
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Sauve (Gard)

There are numerous places of interest to discover as you explore the narrow ancient streets in the heart of Sauve
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Sete (Herault)

Sete is a very active harbour town on the Etang de Thu
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Sigean Nature Reserve (Aude)

Sigean is a very popular wildlife park where thousands of animals such as lions, zebras nd rhinoceroslive in semi-freedom
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Sommieres (Gard)

Adults will enjoy seeing the many historic monuments in Sommieres, although children might prefer the river beach...
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Uzes (Gard)

The medieval centre of Uzes is interesting to explore, then perhaps visit the extensive caves at nearby La Cocaliere
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Vezenobres (Gard)

The village of Vézénobres, north-west of Nimes, is a delightful small village quite overlooked by most visitors
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Villefranche-de-Conflent (Pyrenees-Orientales)

Villefranche-de-Conflent is a fascinating place to explore, with a fortified ancient village in the valley and a substantial fort high on the cliff above the village
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Villeneuve-les-Avignon (Gard)

Losing out in visitor numbers to famous Avignon across the river, in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon you will also find several places and sights that are interesting
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Villeneuvette (Herault)

Villeneuvette is a pretty small village, interesting because it was originally built as a cloth factory with housing for the workers
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For more information see the Languedoc-Roussillon guide


Tourist attractions to visit in Languedoc-Roussillon

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...


Mare Nostrum

Grand Sites of France

Camargue: See tourist guide

Carcassonne City: See tourist guide

Cirque de Navacelles

Gorges du Gardon

Gorges du Tarn: See tourist guide

Massif du Canigou: See tourist guide

Pont du Gard: See tourist guide

Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert / Gorges de l'Herault: See tourist guide

Valle du Salagou

UNESCO world heritage sites

Canal du Midi: See tourist guide

Carcassonne: See tourist guide

Mont-Louis citadelle (Vauban fortifications)

Pont du Gard: See tourist guide

Saint Jean de Fos pont du diable (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Saint-Gilles ancienne abbatialle (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

St Guilhem le Desert ancienne abbaye (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Villefranche-de-Conflent enceinte / fort (Vauban fortifications)

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Aigueze: See tourist guide

Castelnou: See tourist guide

Eus: See tourist guide

La Garde-Guerin: See tourist guide

La Roque-sur-Ceze: See tourist guide

Lagrasse: See tourist guide

Minerve: See tourist guide

Mosset: See tourist guide

Olargues: See tourist guide

Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert: See tourist guide

Sainte-Enimie: See tourist guide

Villefranche-de-Conflent: See tourist guide

National Monuments


Fort Saint-Andre

Towers and fortifications of Aigues-Mortes: See tourist guide

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Beaucaire: See tourist guide

Limoux: See tourist guide

Lodeve: See tourist guide

Marvejols: See tourist guide

Pezenas: See tourist guide

Prades: See tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs


Narbonnaise en Méditerranée

Pyrenees Catalanes

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Beaucaire: See tourist guide

Beziers: See tourist guide

Carcassonne: See tourist guide

Montpellier: See tourist guide

Narbonne: See tourist guide

Nimes: See tourist guide

Perpignan: See tourist guide

Pezenas: See tourist guide

Saint-Gilles: See tourist guide

Sommieres: See tourist guide

Uzes: See tourist guide

Villeneuve-les-Avignon: See tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Beaucaire: See tourist guide

Narbonne: See tourist guide

Nimes: See tourist guide

Perpignan: See tourist guide

Uzes: See tourist guide

Ville d'etape

Aumont-Aubrac: See tourist guide

La Canourgue

Le Caylar

4* Towns in Bloom



Zoo or wildlife park

African reserve of Sigean: See tourist guide

Maison des vautours (vultures)

Parc à loups du Gévaudan (wolves): See tourist guide

Parc zoologique de Lunaret

Réserve de bisons d'Europe de Sainte-Eulalie

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