Saturday, June 11, 2011

Languedoc-Roussillon - Visit France

Spread from the Spanish border to the Rhone
Valley, the Languedoc-Roussillon is a natural
amphitheatre facing the Mediterranean, made
up of three natural terraces that slope down
towards the sea. The countryside and rural
traditions form a geographical and cultural unity.
5 reasons to visit Languedoc-Roussillon

>Major cities and character villages
Fascinating thanks to their numerous contradictions, each place is always rich in tradition and heritage.
>Great Wines & Gastronomy
The regional wine is one of the oldest in the world.
Vines are grown at sea level and high in the hills, from the Rhône to the Pyrénées.
>Environment & Wilderness
Beyond its lagoons and sandy beaches, Languedoc-Roussillon has an outstandingly beautiful countryside, formed by the elements over many thousands of years.
>Leisure & Relaxation
Whether you are with family or friends,
Languedoc-Roussillon offers many different ways of relaxing and enjoying leisure activities.
>Heritage, traditions and culture
The rich variety of the region’s landscapes has strongly influenced the architecture, lifestyle and culture of its people. 

Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

Pont du Gard (Roman aqueduc)
A masterpiece of Roman engineering, the Pont du Gard, classified, as a world Heritage site by the UNESCO, never fails to always amaze the visitors around the world over with a passion for history and historical monuments, not forgetting poets, budding painters, the occasional explorer or simply those keen to admire an impressive architectural structure.

Canal du midiIt had already occurred to the Romans to link the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, an unfulfilled dream, of course! However, in 1662, Pierre-Paul Riquet, fascinated by the Montagne Noire that he used to pace up and down, managed to convince Louis XIV and Colbert. Then the Canal royal started the first hours of its history. It has been classified world heritage by the UNESCO on 1996. It is now a fabulous way to sail, spend few weeks of holidays along the river, stop to a heritage site and disgust local gastronomy.

Demoiselles CavesThe Demoiselles Caves is a fabulous subterranean cathedral loaded with history. Millions of water drop have formed so wonderful stalactites which become a amazing scenery for the visitor. It is equipped with the first European subterranean

Mont Aigoual and its meteorological

Cathares CastlesThe Cathare era left its traces in the Aude at the Aguilar, Peyrepertuse, Puilaurens and Queribus citadels around the invincible fortress of Carcassonne. In the 12th century, the Cathars rejected the Old Testament and Catholic rites, founding their own religion and “pure” church, which earned them the nickname “the perfect ones”

Aven Armand (caves)

Gorges du

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