Languedoc-Roussillon, France travel info

Guide to Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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Area (sq km): 547,030
Population: 64,102,140
Nationality: French
Local Name: France
Language: French
Time Zone: +1 GMT
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Capital: Paris
Dialling Code: +33
Electricity: 230V/50Hz
Internet Code: .fr
Religion: Roman Catholic
Climate: Mediterranean,
Marine West Coast
Government: Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
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Major Airports: Biarritz(BIQ),

Languedoc wine & Languedoc villas

Read on for a tour of Languedoc-Roussillon wine and food. Dine in the famous restaurants in Languedoc-Roussillon and delight in the savoury cuisine when you book Languedoc villas. And do not forget to sip the superb vins de pays.

Languedoc vineyards
Languedoc vineyards

It is hard to imagine a region of France not rich in scrumptious local fare. The wine and food in Languedoc-Roussillon is an interesting blend of North African, Catalan, French and Mediterranean, all of which can be enjoyed on your Languedoc villasholiday.

The eclectic mix of influences inspires excellent regional cuisine in Languedoc-Roussillon. Languedoc-Roussillon wines compliment the regional dishes perfectly and are well known throughout France and the world. Experience the best of the region’s wine and food at the abundant restaurants in Languedoc-Roussillon.

Languedoc-Roussillon cuisine

The beautiful French region of Languedoc-Roussillon is located in southwest France where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean Sea. The landscape is varied and rich in nutrients yielding hearty vegetables and plump fruits. The cuisine in Languedoc-Roussillon displays influences of Provence, Spain and North Africa, all added to its own broad personality. In the hilly regions sausage, pates, lamb and duck prevail. Pork and duck fat are both used extensively.

Famous dishes are cassoulet, poularde a la Toulouse, daube languedocienne and pate de fois gras made with rare truffles. The Mediterranean provides abundant seafood in the south. Specialties are: bourridei, morue Catalane, anchoiade. Olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, onions and aromatic herbs are staples. The speciality pink garlic is powerful and eggplant is a frequent addition to dishes. To finish a meal, there is an excellent selection of local cheeses, namely Roquefort. And for the sweet tooth, try the crème Catalane made with cream, lemon, vanilla and fennel seed.

Languedoc Roussillon wine

Stay in Languedoc French villas and explore the highest wine producing region in France, offering reds predominately, but also refreshing roses and whites. The notable Languedoc-Roussillon wines are the vins de pays, which you will find to be excellent with the cuisine in Languedoc-Roussillon, especially with the recent efforts to improve quality. Appellations to look for are: Corbieres, Coteaux de Languedoc, Cotes du Roussillon, Fitou, Minervois, Saint Chinian and Costieres de Nimes.

There are many fine wineries in Languedoc-Roussillon to explore. Chateau de la Tuilerie is an award winning family winery. Domaine Font-Mars produces fine vin de pays near the Thau basin. The internationally recognised winery Laurent Miquel has been family operated since 1789, when the vineyard was given to the family by local monks.

Restaurants in Languedoc Roussillon

This region is bursting with fine dining experiences. Inland you can find so many lovely family owned restaurants that serve the finest regional specialities. The restaurants in Languedoc-Roussillon near the sea have sumptuous fresh seafood, and the closer you get to the Spanish border, the more Catalan influences you will find.

Some fabulous restaurants in Languedoc-Roussillon to try are the chic Octopus in Beziers and Chez Fred in Carcassonne. The cassoulet is wonderful at Le Languedoc in Carcassonne and the Catalan cuisine at L’Hostal in Castelnou cannot be beat. Petit Jardin in Montpellier is a gem in the historic district serving excellent lamb. In Nimes, Lisita is the best and Nicolas has a massive locals following. When spending your France holiday in Languedoc villas, be sure to bring your appetite.

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