Things to do on a lovely spring day

The Mediterranean climate of the Languedoc-Roussillon, South of France, means it is possible to get out all year round. Now that Spring is here and the days are warming up, we have a few suggestions of things you could do.

Public gardens are always a pleasure on a sunny day when everything is fresh and bursting into life. There are several to choose from all over the region and there is bound to be one near you. A quick search on the internet will bring up a full list, too many to mention here, but as a taster try these:

La Bambouseraie La Bambouseraie, Générargues near Anduze - There are 34 hectares devoted to the cultivation of bamboo and other exotic plants from the Asia. An exceptional garden with more varieties of bamboo than you ever knew existed.
Jardin de la Fontaine Jardin de la Fontaine, Nîmes - A public park with a water garden and garden à la française created in 1738-1755 around a spring which provided water to the city since Roman times. It was one of the first public gardens in France.
Château de Flaugergues The Château de Flaugergues, Montpellier - The 18th Century château overlooks the park and gardens which are typical French-style gardens with arched alleys,a mirror pond and decorative elements. The 3 hectare English-style park was created in the 19th Century with its own orangery.
Parc des Capellans Parc des Capellans, Saint-Cyprien - This 5 hectare park was created over a hundred years ago by Ferdinand Rovira and invites the visitor to enjoy its shaded pathways, sunny meadows, ponds, rose gardens and flowered waterfalls.
Château de Margon The Château de Margon in Hérault dates to the 15th century, and its beautiful park was created towards the end of the 17th century. The park has many different gardens packed with a variety of plants and trees and long tree-lined avenues.
Cactuseraie d'Escaïre-Figue Cactuseraie d'Escaïre-Figue, Montolieu in Aude has over 900 varieties of cactus and succulents across the one hectare of its grounds as well as a large greenhouse.

Alternatively, there are some beautiful cities and villages to stroll around. Take in the sites and stop for a drink or some lunch:

Carcassonne La Cité, Carcassonne, Aude - Stroll around the narrow cobbled lanes of this beautiful walled city and get transported back to medieval times. Plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to choose from plus stunning views from the arrow slits along the fortress walls.
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Hérault - It is situated in a wild spot at the entrance to the Gorges du Verdus. Its church is a gem of Romanesque art of the Languedoc. The narrow streets spread out from the Place de la Liberté square and its imposing 150-year-old plane tree. Classified as one of 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France'.
Villefranche Villefranche de Conflent is an 11th Century medieval town and lies at the foot of the Canigou at the heart of the Pyrénées. Also classed as one of the 'Most Beautiful Villages in France' its narrow lanes within the fortifications are home to local craftsmen and picturesque shops.
Bouzigues Bouzigues in Hérault is a pretty coastal village sitting on the shores of the Etang de Thau (salt water lagoon). Eat in any of the lovely waterside restaurants overlooking the oyster beds.
Uzès Uzès in the Gard, with its beautiful architecture dates back to Roman times. Visit the castle, Le Duché, and have lunch in one of the charming squares. Plenty of shops and things to do and see, as well as stunning views of the surrounding countryside from elevated positions.

There is nothing better than a simple walk:

beach A walk along the beach on the shoulder months of the summer season is a wonderful tonic for the soul.
Canal du Midi Take a stroll along the banks of France's most famous canal, built by Pierre Paul Riquet in the 17th Century, the Canal du Midi was an engineering feat of its time.
garrigue The carefully marked treks (of varying length and difficultly) wind through the wild garrigue and on the elevated paths there are stunning views of the plane below.