Popular places while camping in Languedoc-Roussillon
The enviable location, between the shimmering sea and cloud-bursting mountains offers a diverse and distinct playground on which to enjoy an activity packed outdoor holiday in France. Camping holidays in Languedoc-Roussillon are the ideal getaway for those seeking al fresco adventures and long sunny relaxing days.
Belonging to part of the extensive Occitanie region, Languedoc-Roussillon is best known for the sweeping arc of alluring coastline that runs from Montpellier all the way down to the border with Spain.
At the most southern end, visitors can enjoy the refreshing air and the lush setting against the backdrop of the Pyrénées Mountains. There is a strong Catalan influence here, which can be appreciated in the culture, cuisine and architecture. To the north, idyllic beaches and pleasant coastal towns are the feature of the shores that stretch up to the city of Montpellier, a vibrant metropolis with rich history and many cultural attractions.
Heading away from the coast, you’ll discover wild and wonderful landscapes that slowly rise in elevation, and are ideal for hiking and walking trips. The captivating Cévennes mountain range and expansive plateaus found at the Grand Causses Regional Natural Park offer great trails and even better views.
Things to do when camping in Languedoc-Roussillon
No trip to Languedoc-Roussillon would be complete without spending a day (or more) at one of the regions bright and sunny beaches. The sand is soft, the water is cooling and the ambiance is perfect. Relax and top up your tan or seek out a water sports provider for some jet skiing, windsurfing or sea kayaking. Kids will be eager to go in search of a water park, and we’d recommend a visit to Aqualand in St Cyprien.
You’ll find lovely walking and hiking trails along the coast, as well as inland in the national parks and well-shaded woodlands. The area is also ideal for cycling trips, where you can stop off at many towns and villages on your journey.
The striking fortified city of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage site, features a beautiful citadel that begs to be explored. You can combine a trip here with a guided boat trip of the famous Canal du Midi, often regarding as an incredible piece of engineering that was built as far back as 1667.
Several picturesque villages lie on the coast, with Collioure attracting visitors to trace the footsteps of many famous 20th century painters who ventured there. Notable attractions here include the Château Royal de Collioure, Musée d'art moderne and the Le moulin de Collioure.
The thriving city of Montpellier features plenty of worthwhile sightseeing opportunities including Arc de Triomphe, Fabre Museum, Place de la Comédie, Jardin des plantes de Montpellier and Montpellier Cathedral. Kids will appreciate a visit to the Zoological Park or the Mare Nostrum aquarium.