Quite simply, whatever it is you want to do, this region has it all!
It offers a multitude of sporting activities, rest and relaxation, food and wine, history, museums and theatres, shopping and a simple walk in the unspoilt countryside.
Whether your 'thing' is fishing, exploring, drinking and dancing the night away or challenging, beautiful golf courses; from toddler to teenager and 30-somethings to octagenarians, there is something for everyone.
There simply isn't the space to cover everything, but here is a taster of what the Languedoc-Roussillon has to offer.
Languedoc-Rousillon currently has 16 golf clubs, each one with its own style and design but all with excellent facilities, club houses, bars and restaurants offering excellent cuisine at a very reasonable price. Invariably you will be charmed by the stunning scenery of each course. The mix of quality and price offers great value for money. Golf in Languedoc-Roussillon is an all year round sport. For the future, there is also a magnificent new 18-hole golf course in the pipeline, near to Pezenas.
The Pyrenees mountains with the western border of Languedoc-Roussillon on one side and Spain on the other, offer a wide range of skiing opportunities. There are seven ski resorts to choose from with Les Angles being the nearest and easiest to get to, making it possible to have a 'day trip' to the ski slopes. They offer great value for money, compared to those in the Alps, including the hotels and restaurants. The charming fortified village of Villefranche-le-Conflent is worth a visit en-route.
This area is rich in open countryside, mountains, lakes and rivers and offers a wide opportunity for walking and hiking for all ages and abilities. There are about 6000 kilometres of maintained, marked out pathways in the Languedoc. These include coastal paths, mountain tracks, and gentle walks through gorges, valleys, rolling hillsides, vineyards, ancient villages and ruined castles. Apart from some of the higher mountain tracks they can be walked all year round. The Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc has an area of 2,605 km² and provides a habitat for more than 240 species of birds, in a stunningly diverse range of climate and scenery. It also provides a home for mouflons (a wild goat). It is probably best to buy one of the recommended maps and guide books.
There are many natural cliffs to climb in this area and suitable climbs can be found for the full range of abilities from beginners to experts. Climbing is possible all year round.
It is possible to explore the underground caves, tunnels and pot-holes in the area but special equipment and training is needed and often guides are included.
Whatever style of cylcing you enjoy, there is something here for you. You can follow the route of the Languedoc sections of the Tour de France or get off the beaten track and into trails through the countryside and mountains. There are also the Voie Verte trails which follow old railway lines so they are quite flat and weave through vines and olive groves as they link up each of the villages. The 240km path alongside the Canal du Midi is a great place to cycle. Or just go wherever you please and explore!
There are large tennis clubs across the region but also hundreds of small ones - most villages have probably got one. To find out where your nearest tennis club is just ask at your local tourist office or at the Mairie in your village.
'La Chasse' is a bit of a religion here - according to the National Hunting Federation, hunting is the second most widely practised sport in France after football, and is very much a part of the French local culture. Most hunters are lovers of nature and the countryside, treating it with great respect, and are out there to enjoy the fresh air and to work with their dogs. Like most sports, it is a very social affair too, and often a day's hunting will finish with a meal washed down with wine in a convivial atmosphere. To find out how you can participate, contact your local Président de la Chasse (ask at your Mairie) and they will tell you all you need to know.
The Languedoc has a wide range of suitable areas for watersports. Its Mediterranean coast has wide sandy beaches. There are also clear lagoons, lakes, canals, rivers, swimming pools fed by natural hot springs, and even subterranean streams. Equipment can be hired for water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, fun boarding, SCUBA diving, sand yachting, kite flying, sea kayaking, jet skiing, canoeing, kyacking, white water rafting and canyoning. The canals, the most notable being the Canal du Midi, provide the backdrop for fantastic boating holidays. Yachts can be moored at the many ports and marinas in the area. Swimming is possible in the Mediterranean Sea, lakes and rivers. And much, much more!
There are several spectacular trails in Languedoc Roussillon and many stables offering excursions. Acres and acres of stunning countryside are at your disposal as well as those lovely, long sandy beaches. The Camargue is an enormous area of salt marshes that stretch from Languedoc into Provence. It is famed for its wild horses, and is a great place to go horse riding.
There is a wide variety of fish species to be found in the region, from Bass, Bream, Carp and Chub, to Eels, Perch, Pike, Roach, Salmon and Trout (to name but a few). You have to have a permit (Carte de Pêche Vacances) which is valid between June 1st and September 30th. You can also buy daily or weekly licences at tabacs (newsagents) and fishing shops.
Sea Fishing - There are many opportunities for sea anglers in the region. You can fish from the quayside, the beach or a boat. If you don't fancy the open sea, there are also the etangs (salt-water lakes).
Fresh Water Fishing - there are hundreds of rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and canals teeming with fish.
From bustling cities to unspoilt countryside with everything inbetween, there are miles of golden beaches to rotate slowly on, clear blue seas to swim in, excellent cuisine and the freshest seafood, a multitude of wines to choose from, excellent shops, restaurants and bars, casinos and nightclubs and during the summer months an array of festivals and fêtes to dance the night away.
A plethora of museums, galleries and theatres ensures those with a penchant for art and culture can find plenty to keep them happy.
The region is rich in history from prehistoric cave paintings and neolithic tombs, to many examples of ancient architecture including, Roman, medieval and Cathar.
There are large amusement and water parks for the children at Vias and Cap d'Agde. Mare Nostrum acquarium in Montpellier or the safari park at Sigean are a great day out. During the summer months look out for posters telling you where and when there are funfairs and circuses.
The great thing about this place, is it's not too far away from anywhere else. Whether you are here for long or short periods, there are many places to visit. You can pop over to Spain for lunch or overnight in Barcelona and Gerona. Drive over to Italy for a long weekend or take a boat to Corsica. Provence, Paris, Lyon, the Côte d'Azure, Monaco and the Pyrénées Mountains are all easy to get to by car or train. Take a short flight to Morocco and Marakesh. Hire a barge and drift down the Canal du Midi and watch the beautiful countryside silently glide by.
Make a day-trip to Andorra and stock up on all those tax-free goodies. Then there are all those miles of sandy beaches along the Mediterranean Coast to explore. There are so many great towns to wander around with excellent shopping and restaurants. The best thing to do is visit your local tourist office or buy a guide book and the world, or rather Languedoc-Roussillon, is your oyster - quite literally in Bouzigues!