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December in France

December in France

December in France December is a wonderful month to visit France, a time when the entire country comes alive with seasonal delights. Ice skating rinks are set up in major cities, often alongside Christmas markets that fill the streets and squares, attracting crowds...
Christmas Markets South of France 2022

Christmas Markets South of France 2022

Christmas Markets South of France 2022 The south of France is not well-known for it’s Christmas markets but almost every town and village will have a Christmas market at some stage from mid-November to New Year, but usually just for a day.  The big towns and...
Narbonne Indoor Market

Narbonne Indoor Market

Les Halles de Narbonne Indoor Market Runner-up in 2021 – Narbonne indoor market has just deservedly won ‘le plus beau marché de France 2022’ in a much-loved annual contest. This elegant Baltard-style pavillion, famous throughout the South of France is a must-visit for...
Autumn Fairs in Hérault and Aude

Autumn Fairs in Hérault and Aude

Some Great Autumn Fairs in the Hérault and Aude After the blazing heat and fast pace of a Mediterranean summer, the autumn comes as a bit of a relief. The weather is ideal – mostly warm, sunny days in the high 20s but with a bit of a breeze and cooler nights....
Top 5 Wild Swimming Spots in Languedoc

Top 5 Wild Swimming Spots in Languedoc

Top 5 Wild Swimming Spots in the Languedoc Summers in the Languedoc are pretty much always hot and sunny with endless blue skies. So, you definitely need places to cool off. Of course, there is “ la grande bleue” as the French call the Mediterranean Sea. But inland,...
Minervois and St Chinian Vineyards Cycling Circuit

Minervois and St Chinian Vineyards Cycling Circuit

Montouliers Circular 4h 30 min 55km Easy +700 / -700 Cycling the Minervois and St Chinian Vineyards Departing from Montouliers, the cycling loop offers beautiful views of the Minervois and Saint-Chinian vineyards. The route follows pleasant secondary roads and...
Les Fenestrettes Hike

Les Fenestrettes Hike

Saint-Guilhem-Le-Desert Circular 3h 30 min 10km Medium +715 / -715 The Stages of Les Fenestrettes Hike Les Fenestrettes is a surprising walk with breathtaking views: this astonishing path, built by the monks of Saint-Guilhem, hangs above the void. It is often thought...
The Most Beautiful Villages

The Most Beautiful Villages

Top 5 Beautiful Villages in the Languedoc Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (meaning “the most beautiful villages of France”) is an association created in 1982 to protect and promote the rich cultural heritage and appeal of small rural villages. So when you see a sign...
Best Beaches in the Languedoc

Best Beaches in the Languedoc

The Languedoc’s beaches are vast and striking, with unbroken stretches of sand and backdrops of wild grasses. The better known ‘town’ beaches, such as Carnon, St Pierre and Canet are pretty awful – ruined by cheap concrete beach apartments. But get off the beaten...
How the French celebrate Christmas

How the French celebrate Christmas

How the French celebrate Christmas includes letters to Santa, presents at the beginning of December and a huge meal on Christmas Eve. Letters to Santa Writing to Santa is tradition across the world, but in France he writes back! Since a law was passed in 1962 stating...