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Languedoc-Roussillon, South of France: your next Destination




W        ith nearly 300 days of sunshine a
year, Languedoc-Roussillon abounds with
attractions seaside: relaxation, sporting
activities, the possibility of exploring a rich
cultural and historical heritage, impressive
natural sites... For a long time it was really only
appreciated for its coastline yet half its territory
is a mountainous area. This region offers its
visitors a protected environment and widely
contrasting open spaces. With the hinterland still
intact and a protected coastline, Languedoc-
Rousillon also surprises us by the wealth of its
culture and its history - with so many sites and
monuments, abbeys and castles, and five major
sites listed as World heritage for Humanity by
UNSECO - The Pont du Gard, The Canal du Midi,
the citadel of Carcassone, the Routes of Santiago
de Compostella and the Forteresses Vauban of
Villefranche de Conflent and Mont-Louis. Roman,
Arab and Celt influences have helped Languedoc-
Rousillon      become      a    melting-pot      for
Mediterranean cultures and civilisations. This
region has its own characteristic "art de vivre",
its people remaining strongly attached to
traditions and customs which they keep faithfully
alive. Languedoc-Rousillon is actually a natural
amphitheatre facing the Mediterranean, made up of three natural terraces that slope down towards the sea -
these terraces are formed by the mountains, the Causses and the plains. The varying countryside and rural
traditions in Languedoc-Rousillon form a distinct geographical and cultural unity, known well beyond the "borders"
of its five Departments. Margeride, Aubrac, the Lot valley, the Gorges du Tarn and the north of the Cévennes
together form the Northernmost Department in Languedoc-Rousillon - Lozère. The Camargue, the Roman country
and the south Cévennes form the Department that borders the river Rhone - Gard. The Languedoc coast, Haut-
Languedoc and Minervois cover the Departments of Hérault and the Aude, and include Corbières, the Cathare
country and the Montagne Noire. Lastly, next to the Spanish border, Roussillon, the Vermilion cost and the
Catalonian Pyrénées
One Region, 5 Territories
AUBRAC, MARGERIIDE, GORGES DU TARN, THE LOT VALLEY – LOZÈRE

With medium-height Mountains, Lozère, situated to the north
of Languedoc-Roussillon, spreads from the forests and rivers
of Margeride over the granite plateaux of Aubrac right down
to the green valley of the river Lot. An ideal setting for hikers,
fishermen and nature-lovers, Lozère invites you to explore its
protected areas and open spaces, the home of wild-life
species both at risk now or being re-introduced - wolves into
Gevaudan, bisons to Sainte Eulalie and once again vultures in
the Gorges of the river Jonte. The Gorges du Tarn twists about
to the south-west of Mende. Between rock faces 400 to 600m
high, the green waters of the Gorges du Tarn are as perfect for                                              P.Palau
extreme sports activities as they are for bucolic hiking. The Cévennes has an enormous national park that testifies
to the wealth and the diversity of this protected region. The Cévennes, so long impenetrable, has retained an
authenticity along with a warm, traditional welcome

CÉVENNES, ROMAN COUNTRY, THE CAMARGUE - GARD
Divided into three territories, theDepartment of Gard
displays a great variety of landscapes: - the Cévenol
foothills, where Ales is a starting point for exploring the
valleys,- the Roman country and Nîmes , its capital, with its
remarkable ancient heritage and Protestant inheritance
and, of course, the majestic Pont(bridge) du Gard, a Roman
aqueduct classified by UNESCO as a world heritage.- the
Camargue, a shifting landscape that is half-water half-land,
home of a unique and protected fauna. To the south of
Nîmes is the Domitian Way, an old Roman route linking Italy
with Spain that crosses the garrigue where the fragrance of                                         B. Liegois
thyme, rosemary and lavender fill the air. Towns like Uzès,
Beaucaire, St Gilles,Villeneuve les Avignon with their Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, and Aigues
Mortes, a XIIIth century fortified citadel, add the final touch to a magnificent historical fresco.

CÔTE DU LANGUEDOC,, HAUT LANGUEDOC,, MIINERVOIIS - HÉRAULT
Capital of Languedoc-Roussillon and the Hérault Department,
Montpellier is truly an economic, academic and cultural cross-
roads. Less than 10 km away is the Languedoc coast with its
vast stretches of fine white sand, the modern seaside resorts
of Port Camargue and La Grande Motte and more traditional
ones such as Le Grau du Roi, Palavas, Frontignan... that all
offer high quality accommodation and a large range of
different activities. Further west is Béziers, known historically
for a terrifying episode during the Cathare period – the
sacking of Béziers. It is also a town which has strong wine
growing tradition. Minerve, a renowned Cathare outpost, has
given its name to the undulating landscape between the rivers
                                                                                                             P.Palau
Hérault and Aude - Minervois has a most spectacular natural
landscape.
CORBIIÈRES,, CATHARE COUNTRY AND THE MONTAGNE NOIIRE - AUDE
In the wide open spaces of Aude , the roads zigzag though the
vineyards, are the first signs of the wine growing wealth of
Corbières and Minerves. Perched way up on the hill tops are
twelfth century Cathare castles and many Romanesque
abbeys. Further north, at an altitude of 800 metres is the
astonishing landscape of the Montagne Noire with its own
distinctive natural and cultural heritage - breathtaking
canyons, lakes with ochre and red banks, and glassworks,
factories, the Village of Books in Montolieu and the many
medieval villages that testify to a rich and turbulent history. At
the foot of the Montagne Noire is the fabulous citadel of
Carcassonne, one of the most impressive tourist sites in                                                  P.Palau
Languedoc-Roussillon No-one can remain indifferent to these
celebrated sites. Even those who love seaside holidays and come to spend their vacations at the resorts of
Gruissan or Fleury d'Aude, both of which are very near Narbonne, become enthralled by the historic past of the
area.


ROUSSIILLON, THE VERMIILIION COAST, CATALAN PYRÉNÉES - PYRÉNÉES--ORIIENTALES
In the extreme south of Languedoc- Roussillon region is
Perpignan, the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales and of the
Catalan civilisation. South of Canet en Roussillon, Saint Cyprien
and Argéles sur Mer with their enormous sandy beaches, the
Golfe de Lion coastline at Collioure and Port Vendres takes on
a completely different appearance with many rocky creeks.
Such a wild untamable look, the Vermilion Coast is especially
appreciated by sea divers. The terraced vineyards here are
being listed as part of the world heritage by UNESCO. A few
kilometers away, it is no longer just rocks that roll down to the
coast, but the Albères range, an extension of the Pyrenean
range that hurls itself into the sea. Towering at 2,921 metres                                               P.Palau
(Pic Carlit), the Catalan Pyrenees offer all the pleasures of
activities associated with high mountains, in winter and summer - alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, off-piste
skiing, hiking, rock-climbing and white-water sports... The ski resorts of Font Romeu, des Angles and Porte-
Puymorens have managed to retain a traditional mountain personality, in the heart of the Conflent and the Capcir,
just as have many other thermal and health resorts. The magnificent Romanesque abbeys of Saint Michel de Cuxa
and Saint Martin du Canigou, novel military architecture such as is demonstrated by the Château de Salses, along
with numerous cultural programs, all go to contribute to the incredible wealth of the attractions in this
Department.
How to get there?




Train : London – Nîmes (via Lille or Paris), London
- Montpellier (via Lille or Paris), London -
Narbonne (via Lille or Paris), London – Perpignan
(via Lille or Paris)

Flights : Nîmes – Montpellier- Béziers –
Carcassonne- Perpignan (From London Stansted,
Gatwick or Luton, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol,
Dublin)

By Car : - A61 Toulouse – Narbonne - A75
Montpellier - Clermont-Ferrand – Paris - A9 (la
Languedocienne) Barcelone (Espagne)
Montpellier Lyon - A54 Montpellier Marseille



Useful link:

    -   Rail Europe: www.raileurope.co.uk

    -   Easy Jet : www.easyjet.com

    -   Ryan Air : www.ryanair.com

    -   BMI Baby : www.bmibaby.com
Gastronomy
Well-known for its culinary specialties, the Languedoc-Roussillon is a land of good food and drink. Its
chefs rival each other to create the best dishes from local produce, accompanied by the region’s
excellent wines. One of the quickest ways to discover Languedoc-Roussillon is to taste the food from its
hill country, seaside resorts and plains.

Les Toques Blanches du Roussillon: This is an association of about forty chefs in
the Pyrénées Orientales. They are all renowned and very involved in their
professional life. In January 2003 they created the “Toques Blanches du
Roussillon” in order to maintain, diffuse and promote the cuisine and the
culinary know-how of the Pyrénées-Orientales. Also to promote the
apprenticeship and stimulate the young in the profession as well as introduce and ensure the promotion
of       regional       products      and        wines.        www.toques-blanches-du-roussillon.com

The Cep Festival in Mendes: The town of Mende is becoming the capital city of
the king of mushrooms, and celebrating «Les Toqués du Cèpe» a festival which is
a must for all mushroom lovers. For this second event, the whole town of Mende
will experience ‘cep time’. The streets and squares will be transformed into a
mossy forest floor dotted with giant mushrooms, with a lighthearted musical
atmosphere. www.ot-mende.fr

9 Stared chefs in the Aude, Cathare Country: With a great diversity and a
high quality products linked to a traditional way of living belonging to its
vineyards, the Aude Cathare country is an ambassador of the regional
gastronomy. Thanks to its young chefs, the cuisine is becoming modern
while keeping all the authenticity, with names reminding the littoral, the Garrigues or the wine of the
Aude, Cathare country: Fitou, Corbières, Malepère, Minervois, Cabardès, Clape, Quatourze, Crémant or
Blanquette de Limoux.
www.audetourisme.com

Militant du gout in the Gard: "Militant du Goût" ("Militant's Flavour") is
a unique signature that guarantees consumers the origin, quality,
respect for seasonality and therefore tastes best. Twenty-seven
products were well under the banner "Militant Taste". A true label because products selected must
meet a rigorous specification in terms of production and traceability, environmental compliance and
seasonality. www.gardtourism.com

The opportunity to discover “Les Coteaux du Languedoc”: Rambling round the terroirs
The Coteaux du Languedoc is the oldest vineyard in France; it existed when the
Greeks arrived in 5 BC. Groups of producers organize rambles- and tastings- in their
terroirs. La Clape in May; June in Pic Saint Loup; July in Terrasses du Larzac, July and
August in Montpellier with the Grés de Montpellier. www.coteaux-languedoc.com
Art and Culture
Art Tradition in the Cévennes
 Association des Métiers d’Art brings together around thirty craftspeople in the Cevenes. Carpentry,
copperware, cutlery, jewellery, embroideray, art photography, patchwork, sculpture in wood, painting,
textile creation, tapestry, pottery, etc… At le Pont de Montvert, the “Galerie Singuliere” presents some
of the work of these artists. www.metierdartencevennes.org

Artistic Spring in Montpellier
New Museum of Decorative Arts - Reopening of the Hôtel Sabatier d'Espeyran private mansion
The restoration and redesign of this historical site is destined to be the decorative arts department of
the Fabre Museum. The former private mansion hosts original antique furnishings to recreate authentic
XVIIIth and XIXth-century decors. Open since Feb.6th 2010
Space dedicated to artistic expression
In spring, Montpellier will open new artist studios right in the city centre, welcoming both workshops
and boutiques for artisan crafts. A total of five studios will be available for craft artists and open to
visitors. In addition to opening these workshops to the public, classes and temporary exhibitions will
also be organized. www.ot-montpellier.fr

Show time at Le Pont du Gard: “Group F" returns in 2010!
"Group F" is up in 2010 to shine the ancient architecture of the Pont
du Gard. Two years after the success of the evening show at the Pont
du Gard, "Lux Populi", given before 31 000 spectators…
The appointment was made in 2010 among the finest masterpieces
of ancient architecture and large global creative light shows and                                    T. Nava
fireworks. The Group F comes back for four nights in June to enchant the places and nights. A great way
to inaugurate the summer www.groupef.com and www.pontdugard.fr

Jazzy Carcassonne
If you love jazz, then this week is sure to delight you. In a venue steeped in history (Jesuit College
Chapel), which has recently been restored and specially fitted out for optimum acoustics, enjoy four
evenings covering a vast repertoire of jazz performed by big bands, trios, sextets, etc… The
performances might be of the highest quality, but they’re still within the price range of all jazz lovers
www.carcassonne-tourisme.com

The Masters in Ceret
Céret, Museum of Modern Art: public Establishment in Cultural Cooperation
Through its collections, the Museum of Modern Arts shows the works of great artists from 20th century
who had stayed for various lengths of time in and around the town of Céret. Artists such as Picasso,
Braque, Gris, Soutine, Chagall, Herbin, Matisse, Miro,Tapies, Viallat, Toni Grand… From Cubism School of
Paris to Art Nouveau … Not only do the temporary exhibitions allow a better understanding of these
stays in south of France and in Catalonia, but, as far as contemporary art is concerned, they also feature
more recent work. www.musee-ceret.com
Well Being


Water is everywhere in Languedoc Roussillon, so it’s ideal for a
spa holiday. At the seaside, on a mountainside or in the heart
of the countryside, there are famous treatment centres and a
wide range of fitness options.



Sulhpurus and Hot water Bath in the Pyrenees
Daily, the water springs out of the depths of the Pyrenees at a temperature of 40°C, and they are ideal
to relax with family of after a hike at summer or winter time.
Bath Dorres ( altitude 1458m): the balcony of the Cerdagne, Dorres dominates a very sunny region ans is
well sheltered. Below the village is a hot water source that was already used by the Romans.
Bath in Llo(Altitude 1400 metre): Just 15 minutes from FontRomeu, in an exception site are the Gorges
of the Sègre River. An open air pool part of which is equipped with bubbling bath, outdoor Jacuzzi;
covered pool with fountains and cascades. www.neigescatalanes.com

Country side Thermal Spa La Chaldette
In the 12thC pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela would stop here to benefit from the
healing powers of the thermal waters. Like Chaudes-Aigues in nearby Cantal, the natural hot springs at
La Chaldette arise out of the volcanic subsoil. www.chaldette.com

New thermal Centre in Balaruc-les-Bain : O’Balia
On the Mediterranean Sea the centre will open its doors in spring 2010. Located along the Lagoon of
Thau, O’Balia is the first Thermal Centre around the Mediterranean Sea. It will offer 2 distinctive
complementary areas the pools: where to enjoy the natural beneficial effect from the water under every
circumstance from steam to hot bath and the spa. You can also notice that the centre respects a
sustainable development ethic. This has been illustrated through several architectural components using
mainly organic materials and wood. www.ballaruc-les-bains.com

B&B Le Mas nouveau: relaxation in the heart of wildlife
Farm House in the heart of the Cevennes, the building dates from 12th century and is surrounding by 25
hectares of fruit trees, chestnut trees and Cevennes forest. An unusual outdoor spa bringing you closer
to wildlife. www.masnouveau.com

Well being in the vineyard, Les Jardins de saint Benoit
superbly situated on a 17-acre riverside site beside the picturesque village of St. Laurent, Les Jardins de
Saint Benoît is a magnificent Vineyard and Spa Estate of unique style and distinction, laid out in
traditional Mediterranean style with an abundance of leafy green spaces. www.garrigae.com/st-benoit
Event


June 19th – October 3rd 2010
"Casanova Forever"
The famous venetian will be the heart of 30 exhibitions in
Languedoc-Roussillon. Organized by the region in
association with the Regional Found of Contemporary Art
(FRAC) the manifestation will be inspired by the life and
work of Giacomo Casanova.
Through the entire region “Casanova Forever” will
propose exhibitions, meetings, readings, film projections
and concerts.
www.sunfrance.com and www.fraclr.org

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd May 2010
Transhumance Festival
Transhumance is a tradition in Aubrac. It represents the time of year when the cows move up to
summer grazing. They will spend the summer on the high pastures of our mountains. This traditionally
takes place on Saint Urbain’s day
www.lozere-tourisme.com
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July 14 , 2010
The Cité de Carcassonne set ablaze on Bastille Day
Night ght of July 14th at 10:30pm, More than 700.000 spectators are huddled together on the banks of
the Aude to see the amazing fireworks. This event now takes place every year on the night of July 14th,
and has achieved worldwide fame.
www.audetourisme.com

July 26th – Augusr 13th
60th Pablo Casal Festival
Created in 1950 by the famous cellist, the Pablo Casals Festival at Prades is one of the most prestigious
chamber music festivals in France and in the world.
www.prades-festival-casals.com/uk

October 2010
Guitar International Festival – Montpellier and surrounding
An unique event in Europe that unlocks the infinite riches of this instrument.
The guitar in all its forms- the stories it tells, the landscapes it paints, and the cultures it represents.
www.ot-montpellier.fr
Legends in Languedoc-Roussillon
The Beast of Gévaudan, an unsolved Mystery…
From 1764 to 1767 at least a hundred people were victims of an
unknown “beast” and as many were attacked. Concentrated in the
Haut-Lozère and the Mont du Vivarais, the crimes were blamed on a
creature of unknown character, endowed with a gift fir uncommon
ubiquity, and fear gripped the population. Despite numerous
searched and the involvement of hunters employed by the king, the
attacks continued. On June 19th 1767 Jean Chastel killed a large wolf near Saugues and the attacks
ceased. Many theories was advanced on the origin of the evil deeds: a large wolf, a hyena, a pack of
wolves. Much was written about this phenomenon without anything certain being known of its origins…

→ To be noticed: 25th anniversary of the Gévaudan wolf Park
More than 100 wolves from 5 different sub-species find a natural habitat in a semi-freedom on 20
hectares. In July and august the Park host s Wolf nights
All event available on www.loupsdugevaudan.com

The Pyrenean gold
The legend starts on February 27th , 1939 when 7 trucks full of gold left La vajol in Spain toward the
closest harbors to send the republican treasure to safest places. However one of the truck never arrived
and totally disappeared. Some Catalans said they saw it around Las Illas ( in the Albere mountains);
some other saw it closer to Argeles-sur-mer where the driver would have hidden his treasure… Nobody
never find an explanation…

→ To be notice: look after the treasure with the Adventure Raid
At the Foothill of the Canigou mont, enjoy one week of wild adventure, including all materials, your
special guide and accommodation in cottage. Further info at www.cdt-66.com

Pic Saint Loup Legend…
Once upon a time a pretty princess was living with her father “Sir Saint Martin de Londres whom was
desperate to find her a nice husband. She then decided to marry the most courageous and most
Christian man. 3 young men decided to leave for crusades to honor her whishes: “Sir Saint Loup; Sir
Clair, Sir Guiral”. They came back few months later with flying colors. Unfortunately the princess did not
wait for them as she suddenly died while they were overseas.
Each of them decided to settle down close enough to Saint Martin de Londres in order to keep an eye on
the princess’ gravestone which was their only comfort. Clair left for the southern mountains, Loup the
eastern one and Guiral the northern one. In order to pay homage to the 3 young men, the mounts have
been named after them and became: St Clair, St Loup and St Guiral.

→ To be noticed: break in B&B at the foothill of the Pic Saint Loup
Guided tour around the Pic; Wine tasting with a selection of the “Coteaux du Languedoc” wines, 2 nights
full board for 2 people. Further info at www.lostaldupicsaintloup.com
Rennes le Chateau, inspiration source for the Da Vinci Code
It was clear that Berenger Sauniere, the parish priest of the
small village during the late 19th and early 20th century, had
been receiving vast sums of money to refurbish the local
church and also to build many structures in the area, such as
his Tower of the Magdalene (Tour Magdala). Sauniere died
in 1917, leaving the secret of where he got his fabulous
wealth to his housekeeper, Marie Dernaud, who promised
to reveal it on her deathbed -- but sadly she had a stroke
which left her paralyzed and unable to speak before her death in 1953. Speculation was rife on the
source of the parish priest's money. Was it the lost treasure of the Templars or the Cathars in the area?
Might it have been buried Visigoth gold? Or was he blackmailing the Church with some terrible secret?
The evidence that points to the last possibility is that Sauniere's confession before his death was so
shocking that the priest who heard it denied him absolution and last rites.

→To be noticed: Discover the secret of the priest who suddenly became rich, and explore the
historical trails around the most famous village in France
With this one-day tour, you will explore Rennes-le-Chateau, its mystery and history and its surrounding
area with the comfort of a car, chauffeur and private guide (excl. lunch).
Further info at www.panoccitania.com/english.html

Who built The Pont du Gard?
A Provençal legend credits the building of the Pont du Gard to the devil himself. In fact, no other human
had succeeded in taming the Gardon River that engulfed any beginning of construction. One night, after
the third destruction of his efforts, a mason lamented: "This could be enough to give oneself to the
devil". At the sound of these words, the devil appeared and proposed to build a bridge that the Gardon
could never destroy. The man accepted and in exchange the devil asked for the first soul that would
cross the bridge. Once the deal was sealed, with fists and daggers, the devil ascended the mountain,
tore away incredible blocs of stone and built an enormous bridge able to resist the "Gardonnades" or
devastating floods of the Gardon. At dawn, the bridge was finished. The mason’s wife had the brilliant
idea of deceiving the devil and sent a hare onto the bridge. The devil, at the quick, swiftly grabbed the
hare. Having realized what he had, in his fury he plastered the animal into the bridge, and to this day,
the contours are clearly visible. Legend says that women always trick the devil!

→To be noticed: A symbol of Roman ingenuity, the Pont du Gard is the highest Roman aqueduct
bridge in the world
Take a lavish break around the Pont du Gard in one of the old mansion and castles surrounding the
masterpiece. Further info at www.sunfrance.com/prestige
Eco-Friendly
Stevenson Trail
On the 22nd of September 1878, the young Scottish writer left the Monastier sur
Gazeille (haute Loire) with his donkey Modestine. His goal was to walk through
the Cevennes using hiking as therapy. As protestant, Stevenson is anger to meet
the people acting for the Cevenols rebellion against Louis XIV. At the end of his
trip the author tells his story in a travel dairy “Travels with a Donkey in the
Cévennes”.
Today you can follow the footsteps of Stevenson with your donkey. All type of
activities within Cevennes Eco Tourisme – the ecofriendly association in the Cevennes and Cevennes
Evasion. www.site.cevennes-ecotourisme.info; www.cevennes-evasion.com

Fishing Guide in the Gard
From the Cevennes the the mediterranean via the « petite Canmargue » and several
rivers such as Vidourle, the Cèze or the Rhône, everyone will find a nice way to enjoy
fishing.
1600km watercourse including 600km classified as 1st category , 50 fish species (on 70
living within the French Territory)
The main issue is to find where to go according to your preference and speciality ?
Which license to take? What rules will you have to follow according to which area ?
all your answer can be find the the new map “Pecher dans le Gard”
You can ask your map for free at contact@tourismegard.com and plan your stay online :
www.tourismegard.com

Sainte Lucie Island classified “Wildlife Preserve”
Between the sea and the canals, in the Regional Natural Park of
Narbonne, this walk begins in the midst of protected Mediterranean
vegetation, bursting with rare flora. At the station join the path of the
Canal de la Robine as far as the lock, then cross the bridge: the route
starts. The island of Sainte-Lucie has been inhabited since ancient
times. Today the island is 100% pedestrian and allows a great
discovery of fauna and flora. From the headland, you can enjoy jaw-
dropping 360 degree views over the Canal de la Robine, where you’ll
find many rare species of wild birds. The Canal de la Robine flows in
the old bed of the river Aude, whose course was realigned in the middle Ages.
Further info about the Island of Sainte Lucie in Port la Nouvelle www.portlanouvelle.com
Discover Frontignan through several angles: the new environmental walks
Learn all about the secrets of the Old Salt Marshes and
observe the wide variety of fauna and flora; Can trees
really grow in salt water? Discover the mysterious
wonders of how plants and vegetation learn to live
side by side in a rich environment. Nature is a
mysterious thing; Discover the landscape and specific
vegetation that grows in between the sea, the beach, and the lagoons;
Spend An evening outing in search of frogs, toads, tadpoles etc. and other mysterious insects that can
live and breed in such an exceptional preserved environment. Don't forget your torch!
www.tourisme-frontignan.com

The natural reserve of Mas Larrieu
The natural reserve constitutes a contact zone between the
land and the sea, between fresh water and salt water. Five
different environmental characteristics of a Mediterranean
sub-humid climate can be found side by side: the line of
dune, the damp zones, and the woody areas by the rivers,
the natural meadows and cultivated areas. The way these
different environments interweave produces the
development of rare and lasting flora, as well as very
diversified fauna. Unfortunately, the line of the dunes is
submitted to a double theart: erosion provoked by the waves and storms but also by the high density of
summer visitors. The running of this fragile and threatened site has been put into the hands of the town
anf Argeles-sur-mer who organizes visit of the site and increases inhabitants and visitors awareness to
the treasure they have in front of them.

The area has been developed with a discovery trail, information boards, and a picnic area to make your
visit all the more pleasant. Guided tour of Mas Larrieu with a guide every Thursday, April to September
www.argeles-sur-mer.com
To be notice in LR

Canals in Languedoc-Roussillon
The 175 miles of navigable waterway that makes up the Canal du Midi stretches across the Languedoc
plain, with more than 350 bridges, locks and other feats of engineering making its passage possible.
Some of these constructions are now more than 300 years old, and are works of art in themselves. At
the end of the Canal du Midi is the Canal du Rhône à Sète and the Canal de la Robine, which links
Narbonne to the sea.

The Canal du Midi, built in the 17th century to link the Atlantic and
Mediterranean, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and flows through a
region steeped in history. On a boating holiday on the canal you can
explore nearly 150 miles of navigable waterways, choosing from a wide
range of accommodation and boating holidays, from barge boats
converted into floating hotels to modern cruisers.

The Canal du Rhône à Sète runs from Beaucaire to the port of Sète. It
passes through Saint-Gilles-du-Gard - once home to the Counts of
Toulouse - and crosses the landscape of the Camargue with its lagoons,
salt marshes, wild white horses and pink flamingos. Finally, the canal
enters the Thau Lagoon near the port of Sète.

The Canal de la Robine gives direct access to the heart of Narbonne. The canal flows on towards the sea
through the Bages and Sigean lagoons, passing close to the nature reserve of Sainte Lucie Island, then
finally reaches Port-la-Nouvelle. The junction canal is lined with parasol pines and bordered by
vineyards, which makes it one of the prettiest inland waterways in the region.

Download the Canal Brochure online at www.sunfrance.com

Historical Pathway
As the perennial crossroads between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic,
situated between the Iberian and Italian peninsulas and with Northern
Europe looking over her shoulder, the region of Languedoc- Roussillon is
crisscrossed by important historical routes where human settlement and
societies were located and developed. The Via Domitia, the route to
Santiago-de-Compostela and the Midi Canal constitute the backbone of
this region noted for its rich historical and cultural heritage.

Discover the Historical routes of Languedoc-Roussillon thanks to the new
guide helping you to plan your stay and organize your visits. Including a
practical guide with all details contact for accommodations, restaurants
and guides ‘contacts

Download your guide online at www.sunfrance.com
The new Label: Qualité sud de France
The quality as to be placed in the heart of thoughts in
order to satisfy all needs, As the visitors ask to be
reassured regarding their trips.
The Languedoc-Roussillon Tourist Board is in charge of
the new label « Qualité Sud de France ».
The label involves several aspects:

    •    Being part of the Label « Qualité Sud de France » also means being part of the French national
        label « Qualité Tourisme »
    •   The label considers the local quality recognition such as Qualité Hérault, Pays Cathare, Qualité
        Argelès, …
    •   The label involves a strong partnership between the region and the provider.

Already more than 246 professionals are part of the “Qualité Sud de France”:

    •   Have a look at the list
    •   Looking for a specific place

12 fields are already promoted by the Label: Hotels, restaurants, campsite, residences, holiday villages,
bars, wine cellars and regional products shops.

For 2010, new fields will be considering: Monuments, congress centres, bed and breakfast, outdoors
activities, furnished flat dedicated to visitors.

You can get all information and updates about “Qualité Sud de France” at
www.qualite-sudfrance.com



Golf Pass
From golf courses located near the coast to those set in the Lozère or high up in the Pyrenees
Mountains, the twenty golf courses of the Languedoc-Roussillon offer holidays for beginners and experts
alike, lovers of nature and Mediterranean landscapes, whether they be looking for a true athletic
experience, relaxation or just a privileged moment among friends.

The Golf Pass: 210 € *, 5 green-fees
The “Languedoc-Roussillon Golf-Pass” includes 5 green fees and allows the golfer to play for a period of
21 consecutive days in the 12 golf courses indicated by The green fees of the “Languedoc-Roussillon
Golf-Pass” can be reserved at the golf courses themselves, 48 hours in advance.
www.sunfrance.com
www.sudfrancegolf.com
2010 Press Trip to Languedoc-Roussillon

14 – 17 June
Special: Sea Side “Qualité Sud de France”, Discovery of unexpected sea side
through the new quality Label
The Qualité Sud de France Label stems from an initiative of the Languedoc-Roussillon Region. It is
deployed by the Regional Tourist Board with the help of an entire range of partners. The aim is to
promote and support professionals from the tourism sector who offer quality services and wish to invest
in customer satisfaction. - RSVP by May 22nd 2010

13-16 of September
Regional products and country side…,                      Get the chance to get a taste of the Region
Discover the beauty and historical richness of Languedoc-Roussillon’s countryside, while enjoying local
fine food and wines. - RSVP by July 30th 2010

4-7 of October
Indian Summer in Languedoc-Roussillon, Take a break before winter
The summer never ends, get the chance to relax and enjoy the last sunny days of the year. -
                    rd
RSVP by September 3 2010

Late October
Les Grands Chemins en Minervois
Annual event celebrating this special area of the region, with exhibitions by artists from France and
abroad - RSVP by September 18th 2010


6-9 of December
Short Break: 100% girly, Take a break and get away from everyday life.
Shopping, well being, cooking classes, shows, exhibitions, a perfect way to share a great time with your
friends. - RSVP by November 12th 2010
For further information about the Languedoc-Roussillon,
      the business Tourism and the Cercle Prestige:

                    UK Press Contact
                       Stéphanie Bleu
         Maison de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon
                    6 Cavendish Square
                    W1G 0PD – London
             Direct Line: +44 (0) 207 079 3342
             stephanie.bleu@sunfrance.com
                   www.sunfrance.com

				
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