Languedoc-Rousillon a Hidden Gem

In the south west corner of France where the Pyrenees tumble into the Med is an area of outstanding beauty and character called Languedoc-Rousillon.

The wide sandy beaches that stretch from Narbonne to Argeles are popular with families in the summer, but come September the water is still warm, there are all kinds of boats for hire and many other options for exploring the majestic coastline.

If you enjoy walking the opportunities are numerous.  Hiking in the foothills of the Pyrenees guarantees majestic views along the coastline. Within a few kilometres of the coast you can reach an altitude of 1,000m and with the high mountains being so close to the coast the views are truly spectacular.  Walking paths are well marked and can take you through vineyards, along breath-taking coastal paths and into the mountains to viewpoints where you feel on top of the world and where you can see for many miles up the coast towards Belize and south into Spain.

Talking of Spain, within easy reach by train or car are Figueres, Girona, Rosas and Cadaques to name a few towns to enthral you.

However, there is plenty to keep you busy closer to Perpignan. The city itself is full of life. Cosy squares, winding marble streets with quirky shops, lively bars and restaurants along the canal, picturesque churches and monuments, colourful markets…….plenty of options to explore and take a break with a nice glass of chilled rose……

You cannot miss a visit to Collioure, a picturesque fishing town where artists such as Monet and Seurat lived and worked. Castlenou, a tiny village perched on a mountainside with cobbled streets and quaint architecture. Ceret, home to many artists and its tree-lined streets and squares full of galleries to delight art lovers.

History and religion mingle to produce a vast number of churches and monasteries with frescoes dating back hundreds of years. St Martin de Canigou is a truly amazing place to visit, high in the mountains, a good walk from Vernet les bains blue worth every single step.  The views and the building itself are beyond superlatives!

So if you feel the urge to explore this amazing area, I know just the place!

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A small house in St Cyprien, on a marina complex and five minutes walk from the beach, shops, restaurants etc available all year round. It has three bedrooms, two double beds and one bunk beds, all suitable for adults. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher and washing machine. There is a shared pool which is open from 1st June to end of September. The house is very private with a courtyard for relaxing and dining, off street car parking space. There is a comfortable sitting room with a dining table inside for the cooler months. I have been going there for holidays for ten years and we are still exploring new places. Please feel free to ask me any questions about the house and the area via Email [email protected]

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I live in the Surrey Hills and work from home for a small publishing company. I enjoy tennis and art and organise various fund-raising events for charity. I like to spend time in France and frequently visit the Languedoc Rousillon area. There is so much to do there; walking, sailing, music, galleries, restaurants, vineyards, markets. I am married with two children. My son works in London and my daughter is doing A levels.

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