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Most Beautiful Villages in Languedoc-Roussillon

Former administrative region Languedoc-Roussillon joined with Midi-Pyrénées to become the new region of Occitania in 2016. Reaching from the Cevennes down to the Mediterranean coast, Languedoc-Roussillon encompasses some of southern France’s most famous resorts, as well as the unspoilt territory of the Gorges du Tarn. It’s a region that appeals to sunseekers and history enthusiasts alike, an eclectic blend of lively urbanised locations and dramatic panoramas.

Points of interest: Carcassonne | Montpellier | Perpignan | Nîmes | Narbonne | Uzès | Béziers | Sète | Céret | Abbaye Saint Martin-du-Canigou

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Lagrasse [📸 MartinD]


With views of vineyards and hills, typical of the CorbiПres wine-growing region, Lagrasse sits on the banks of the Orbieu looking across to the Benedictine Abbey of St Mary of Orbieu, founded in the 8th century. Sites include the remains of its ancient ramparts and its abbey with imposing bell tower, 14th century covered market hall and Historic Monument-listed Gothic church.


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Aiguèze [📸 Clément Bardot]


Aiguèze is a small village with a big pull. Perched high above the Ardèche river, it boasts sensational panoramic views of the Ardèche gorges and surrounding countryside. Its ruined fortress, labyrinthine of paved alleyways and impressive Renaissance entrance to the church draw visitors from far and wide.

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La Roque-sur-Cèze [📸 Olivier62]

La Roque-sur-Cèze

At first site this small medieval (and entirely pedestrianised) village appears very old, and indeed the castle and bridge dates from the 12th century, however many of the buildings including the church were actually built in the late 1800s. Its location on a steep hill above the Céze river in the north of the Gard department enjoys extensive views across surrounding vineyards and waterfalls in the valley below.


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Minerve [📸 BlueBreezeWiki]


Perched on a rocky peninsula in the heart of the barren Languedoc landscape, this medieval village looks down over the River Cesse before it’s waters disappears underground into the extensive cave network below. In the early 13th century a group of Cathars took refuge in the village. A six week siege took place and after a catapult bombardment destroyed the only water source, the village surrendered and the Cathars were subsequently burned at the stake.

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Olargues [📸 Fagairolles]


About 40km northwest of Béziers in a meander of the River Jaur, within the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc, lies Olargues. Its old stone houses with pretty shutters of all colours perfectly compliment its natural surroundings. Several bridges span the adjacent river including Pont du Diable, or devil’s bridge as it is known by locals. It is said that it is the site of altercations between the devil and residents.

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Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert [📸 MartinMacias]


Saint-Guilhem is set deep in the Gellone valley alongside the Hérault and surrounded by the rugged slopes of the Hérault Gorges towering high above the village. The abbey was founded early in the 9th century and as a result it became an important stopping point on religious pilgrim routes.


La Garde-Guérin [📸 Lozère Tourism]
La Garde-Guérin [📸 Lozère Tourism]

La Garde-Guérin

Set in an exceptional location in the Cévennes near to the impressive Chassezac Gorges, the fortified village of La Garde-Guérin offers a remarkable aspect of the surrounding landscape and is often compared to views found in remote villages in the Scottish Highlands. Formerly a strategic military site, it was attacked several times but has retained its watchtower and original houses.

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Sainte-Enimie [📸 Krzysztof Golik]


Nestled in the heart of the exceptional Tarn Gorges, this stunning village is an ideal starting point for kayaking or hiking down the Tarn to the hermitage caves - where Sainte-Enimie lived towards the end of her life. The Burle spring is said to have miraculous properties and local folklore claims the waters cured the Merovingian Princess Enimie in the 6th century. The village hosts the medieval comic strip festival in July with workshops, exhibitions and other activities.


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Castelnou [📸 BlueBreezeWiki]


Castelnou, just 20km southwest of Perpignan and close to neighbouring Spain, lies in the rolling hills of the eastern Pyrénées. Shadowed by a castle which sits proudly above the village, it is home to a Spanish-influenced church with a baroque bell tower and ornate door shrouded in iron scrolls. The castle dates from the 10th century but was largely destroyed in the 16th century. It was renovated in the 20th century only to be destroyed by a fire although in recent years it has been restored and is now open to the public.

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Eus [📸 Hotel Centre Plage]


Originally part of Spain, Eus has a distinct Spanish influence and many of its street names remain Spanish as a reminder of its past. Laid out on a gently sloping hillside in the Pyrenean foothills, it is said that the village basks in more sun than any other village in France.

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Évol [📸 Meria z Geoian]


Birthplace of novelist Ludovic Massé and home to a reading room dedicated to him and his works, Гvol is an authentic Pyrenean village. Its buildings are constructed using the local schist stone and have thackstone roofs.



Mosset is a beautiful village set in outstanding surroundings. The commune in its entirety is the largest in the area covering over 7,000 hectares. Its exceptional fauna and flora biodiversity has earned it a classification under the European “Habitat-Natura 2000” directive and is one of the 25 major cultural sites of the Pyrénées-Orientales sitting within the Regional Natural Park of the Catalan Pyrenees.

Villefranche-de-Conflent [📸 Pyrénées Orientales Tourism]
Villefranche-de-Conflent [📸 Pyrénées Orientales Tourism]


If its UNSECO classification isn’t enough of a draw, Villefranche’s unique layout and architecture will surely lure you in. At the time of its establishment in the late 11th century as a strategic defence site it lay on the Franco-Spanish border. Its fortifications were built during this time and laid untouched for over 600 years until Vauban, a military engineer, strengthened and adapted them in the 17th century. The pink marble seen throughout the village is famous in the area and, in the right light, gives off a beautiful fuchsia glow.

Campsites in Languedoc-Roussillon

This is a small, family run site situated in the foothills of the beautiful Cévennes and close to Saint Jean-du-Gard and the River Gardon. There...

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The comfortable 5-star campsite Blue Bayou is situated at the far end of Vendres-Plage near Le Grau Vendres (the port of Vendres). It is therefore...

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La Dragonnière offers an amazing selection of swimming pools and a wide range of sporting activities and entertainment, which amply makes up for it being...

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Sérignan-Plage Nature benefits from the same 600 m. of white, sandy beach as its sister site next door, but being a naturist site, it actually...

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Camping Sandaya Le Littoral is only 800 metres from a fine, sandy beach via a footpath. The site offers plenty of accommodation in mobile homes...

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Situated across the yacht harbour from the resort of Canet-Plage, le Brasilia is an impressive, well-managed family site directly beside the beach. There's much to...

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This is an excellent, well-organised site in Catalan country with direct access to the sandy beach and warm waters of the Med. In addition, the...

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A spacious rural site, Couderc stretches for 1 km. along the clear shallow River Tarn, with access possible at each end of the site. The...

Previously known as Camping Caravaning les Fayards, Camping Nature et Rivière is a family owned site strung out alongside the rushing River Tarn in the...

Just a few years ago le Moulin Sainte Anne was a vineyard but, with much hard work by Antoine and Magali Lacuve and the backing...

Located on the border of the Haute Vallée and the Corbières, you will find the Sites et Paysages InNature campsite, a 4-star campsite offering an...

Situated at the foot of the Cévennes, l’Oliveraie has many attractive features. Do not assume that the extensive range of sport and recreation available here...