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.