LANGUE­DOCROUS­SIL­LON

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One of France’s sun­ni­est, hottest and dri­est re­gions, Langue­doc-Rous­sil­lon of­fers the per­fect cli­mate for ripen­ing grapes and so it’s per­haps no sur­prise that the vine­yards here rep­re­sent one of the big­gest wine­pro­duc­ing ar­eas in the world.

Hold­ing France’s record for the largest num­ber of non-res­i­dents, Langue­docRous­sil­lon is a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion for Bri­tish ex­pats. Its en­vi­able po­si­tion on the Mediter­ranean, within easy ac­cess of the Pyrénées ski re­sorts and a short hop across the bor­der from Barcelona, the re­gion is a prime pull for those re­lo­cat­ing.

The re­gion’s mul­ti­cul­tural cap­i­tal, Mont­pel­lier, is the coun­try’s eighth largest and one of many that make up the area’s ur­ban sprawl along its coastal plain. It’s the per­fect place to en­joy the re­gion’s easy­go­ing Mediter­ranean life­style, with its neo- clas­si­cal ar­chi­tec­ture and mod­ern cul­ture mak­ing for an ex­cit­ing, vi­brant mix. Day-to­day life re­volves around the vi­brant Place de la Comédie and the old town still holds an en­dear­ing quaint qual­ity in and around the hus­tle and bus­tle that sur­rounds it. Tourists and lo­cals alike tend to gather here, as it is a prime spot for peo­ple watch­ing and en­joy­ing a drink from one of the many bistros out­side in the warmth. The nearby Musée Fabre houses a first-class art col­lec­tion, re­veal­ing some of the city’s cul­tural his­tory.

If you’re not sure if you’d pre­fer a coun­try or town life­style, or want to be by the sea or hik­ing in the hills, the re­gion’s di­verse land­scapes re­ally do of­fer the best of all worlds, so you could have all of the above on your doorstep. The land­scape here is a var­ied one, rang­ing from stretches of flat sandy shores and me­dieval vil­lages to snow­capped, wild rugged moun­tains and patches of dense green for­est.

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