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Walking and Cycling

Walking in Languedoc-Roussillon

Gorges de la Jonte
Gorges de la Jonte

Blessed with a warm, sunny climate and a diversity of landscapes, cultures and attractions, Languedoc-Roussillon is an ideal walking holiday destination. From forested gorges and unspoilt mountain peaks to picturesque Mediterranean coastlines and welcoming, traditional towns, a walking holiday here is the perfect way to relax and take in all that this scenic region has to offer.

Catalan influence

Languedoc’s proximity to the Pyrenees, and thus northern Spain, has resulted in a tangible Catalonian influence, particularly along the Mediterranean coast. Simple fishing villages and traditional ports line the seafront of the region’s eastern coastline. At the same time, such destinations as Llança and Cadaques across the border offer a mixture of cultures that are certain to intrigue. The Catalan language is also prominent throughout Languedoc-Roussillon, replacing Occitan during the 20th century. All this gives a noticeably cosmopolitan feel that will enrich a walking tour there.

Historic Nîmes

Located between the Cevennes mountains and the Mediterranean coast, the city of Nîmes is a fascinating place to discover the history of Languedoc-Roussillon on a walking tour. Founded by the ancient Romans, it is inextricably linked to the era of the Empire’s rule. Some of the finest and most extensive Roman remains in all of Europe can be found here; the first-century arena with its two-storey façade is among the prime attractions. On a walking tour through the city, more recent sights include the Gothic cathedral and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes, both of which have particular cultural significance.

Cycling in Languedoc-Roussillon

To take a cycling tour of Languedoc-Roussillon is to embark upon a voyage of discovery among stunning natural scenery and quaint, characteristic towns and villages. From the small fishing ports that look out over the Mediterranean Sea to the ancient fortified town of Carcassonne, from sun-baked olive groves to the foothills of the mighty Pyrenees, the region is replete with cycling routes that reveal its lesser-known treasures.

Culture and calm

Canal du Midi
Canal du Midi

Stretching nearly 250 km across southern France, the flowing waters of the Canal du Midi provide an exceptional guide for uncovering the region’s cultural charm. Follow the waterway to see the extensive vineyards that line the route, visit the ancient Greek town of Agde, and negotiate the magnificent medieval city of Carcassonne. As one of the most compelling attractions in the entire region, the impressive citadel here was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and enjoys an elevated setting overlooking the Aude River. Alternatively, simply enjoy the peace and serenity of cycling along the canal's banks, meeting the local people and exploring the quiet towns and villages.

City cycling

The cities of Languedoc-Roussillon offer a number of attractions, from the ancient Roman ruins at Nîmes to the capital of the region, Montpellier. Taking to the saddle truly brings the culture, heritage and history of the region to life. Discover the majestic Roman amphitheatre of Nîmes and revisit an era of gladiator fights and lavish pageantry, or explore the magnificent fine art galleries and museums. Whatever the direction, a cycling tour is a rewarding way to discover Languedoc-Roussillon.