Places of Interest in Languedoc Roussillon

Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see in Languedoc Roussillon...

Parc Régional du Haut Languedoc

This French National park, located in upper Languedoc, is the second largest in the country. It runs from the Montagne Noire between Béziers and Castres into the Cévennes.

Inside the park you can visit the limestone formations in the caves (grottes) such as the Grotte des Demoiselles or the Grotte de Clamouse.

Aigues Mortes

This walled town was established by Louis XI in the 13th century to consolidate his power on the Mediterranean. It was a royal port during the Crusades, even though the sea never approached its ramparts. To access part of the walls you need to visit the Musée Archéologique.

Canal du Midi

This 240km canal runs from Sète to Toulouse. Built by the Béziers salt-tax baron Pail Riquet it is a feat of engineering with its complex locks, bridges and aqueducts. It is now a very popular tourist attraction with many holiday barges in the summer. Along the canal you can visit the towns of Sete, Agde, Narbonne, Paraza, Ecluse de Gailhousty, Carcassonne and Béziers.

Cathar Country

Languedoc Roussillon was the centre of Catharism in the middle ages and there are many castles and towns with a Cathar association in the area: Quéribus, Durfort, Minerve, Lastours, Peyrepertuse, Aguilar, Puilaurens, Montaillou, Montségur and Villerouge-Termenes.

Citadel of Carcassonne

Part of the UNESCO's World Heritage, a 13th century medieval town and castle above the River Aude. The strategic position of the Citadelle meant that it was often at the centre of religious conflict. The Cathars were given refuge here in 1209. This restored citadel is the subject of much controversy as critics complain that the Cité looks too new and are in favour of more romantic ruins. The towers and turrets of the castle overlook Corbières and Minervois wine producing regions and the Canal du Midi.

Places to visit include the Château Comtal, a fortress within the fortress, and the Basilique Saint Nazaire.