You’ll often hear people describe Languedoc-Roussillon as the “real” south of France. And they have a point, because towns here have a traditional flavour, observing old rituals, remaining full in winter and not selling themselves out to tourism.
There’s far more to see and do in the region that can be described in a few paragraphs, but certain sights demand your attention, like Carcassonne’s solemn walls or the Roman monuments in Nîmes, still standing 2,000 years after they were built.
Lets explore the best things to do in Languedoc-Roussilon:
1. Cité de Carcassonne
In the Aude department is what may well be Europe’s greatest fortified city.
Carcassonne’s hilltop has been ringed by walls since before the Romans, and the medieval wall standing now is more than three kilometres long and has 53 towers and barbicans, many topped with conical slate roofs.
What adds interest is that in the 1800s the settlement was restored by the neo-gothic architect Viollet-le-Duc, a pioneer in the science of conservation.
His work might not be the most authentic, but there’s no question that it’s a wonder to look at and walk through.
A tour of the ramparts with take about 90 minutes, and you can also enter the castle for a small fee.