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LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON
Vacations and Sightseeing

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Official languageFrans
CapitalMontpellier
Area27.376 km²
Population2,815,936  (2017)
Currencyeuro  (EUR)
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Code.FRA
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Vacations and Sightseeing

Tourism is the most important economic sector in Languedoc-Roussillon, with about 5 million tourists per year. The region is one of the top five French tourist regions. Generally speaking, there are three types of tourism: sport tourism, beach tourism on the Mediterranean coast and cultural tourism.

From 1955, the coast of Languedoc-Roussillon was constructed and new resorts like La Grande Motte, Cap d'Agde, Port-Leucate, Carnon-Palge and Port-Barcarès emerged.

Aude

It is an interesting region with about 50 km of Mediterranean coastline, the land of the Cathars and the foothills of the Pyrenees.

The capital of this department, named after the river Aude, is Carcasonne, a beautifully restored fortified city that was declared a cultural world heritage site by UNESCO in 1997.

Gard

This department, with Nîmes as its capital, includes the beautiful Cevennes with its gorges and rivers (Tarn, Jonte) but also a beautiful city like Avignon. In the southernmost part, the Petite Camargue (800 km2: considered a 'wet zone of international significance' by Unesco) connects to the Mediterranean Sea. The 13,000 ha Réserve Naturelle Zoologique et Botanique consists of lakes and marshes and houses the Étang de Vaccarès, the largest inland sea of the Camargue.

On the Cham des Bondons (Cévennes), more than 1000 metres high, there are more than 150 menhirs. It is the second largest megalithic site in France. With 4500 moorings, Port-Camargue is the largest marina in Europe.

Hérault

Montpellier is the capital of this department. It has a coastline of about 80 km with beautiful beaches. The area behind it is relatively flat and ideal for cyclists who do not like too high hills. Nice places are Sète, Agde and Aige Morte. The Canal du Midi also offers opportunities for a bike ride or a long walk. It is the region of fish, oysters, mussels and of course bouillabaisse.

The seaside resort La Grande-Motte has an accommodation capacity of no less than 110,000 beds, making it the second seaside resort of the Languedoc coast, after Agde with 156,000 tourist beds.

Lozère

With its capital Mende, it is the northernmost department of Languedoc-Roussillon. Only 70,000 people live here and it is the least densely populated department in France. In 1985, Unesco declared a part of the department as a world nature reserve. The plains of the Grands Causse are unique, while the beautiful and la Jonte are not to be despised either.

Pyrénées Orientales

This is a very touristy department with a fantastic climate and beautiful surroundings. The mountains of the Pyrenees, the sea and hills with endless vineyards. is the capital, where the Catalan atmosphere is still clearly present. The inhabitants show clearly where their heart lies by the red and yellow flags.

Port-Leucate and Port-Barcarès together form the largest marina on the French Mediterranean coast. Argèles-sur-Mer has about 60 campsites, the most of the entire Mediterranean coast.


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