Highlights of the Languedoc
Highlights of wine tours in the Languedoc are extensive as there is plenty to see and do in an area the stretches from the Mediterranean to the high Massif Central.
One of the attractions is that almost every tourist highlight will have a vineyard area close by, so you can do your wine tour and see the highlights at the same time!
The Millau Viaduct
Highest, longest in the world, the Viaduct de Millau 'one of the most impressive civil engineering feats of our time', is a large cable-stayed road bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. Designed by English architect Norman Foster and French bridge engineer Michel Virlogeux, it is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world, with one pier's summit at 343 metres (1,125 ft) - slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower. The viaduct is part of the A75-A71 autoroute axis from Paris to Béziers.
We're left in awe every time we see it!
In the middle of a wild and arid countryside in 804, a legendary person, Guillaume of Orange (Guilhem in the Oc language), one of Charlemagne's governor's, created the abbey of Gellone, in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, and then became a monk. Still one of the loveliest villages in France, St-Guilhem-le-Desert is clustered round its Romanesque abbey at the confluence of the Verdus and Herault rivers.
While in the area do take in the award-winning Vallee de l'Herault vineyards at Gignac such as exceptional organic vineyard, Mas de Daumas Gassac. Or the fine wines from Chateau Capion.
The Town of Agde
Agde is built on the banks of the Herault river and on the foothill of Mont Saint Loup. The buildings and are constructed from black basalt (volcanic) rock. It has a rich history starting as a Greek seaside town, a medieval stronghold, and a rich renaissance town. Walk in the shopping alleys of this charming Mediterranean town from the quays to the hills and discover its full beauty and lively atmosphere. A great town for markets and shopping.
Nearby Mèze on the Bassin de Thau, and the seaside town of Sète, are both famous for shellfish and seafood. A great place for a long slow lunch in a restaurant on the quay.
While its greatest claim to fame was that Molière and his troupe adopted the town, the old quarter has a special charm. Narrow alleys with shops housing over 30 artisans ranging from makers of the savoury-sweet mutton pies, petits pates de Pézenas to craftmen working in leather and fabrics.
Antique-lovers will be enchanted by the quality and extensive range available with over 30 antique shops displaying their wares.
We tend to avoid cites and enjoy villages and rural pursuits but the old city of Montpellier is outstanding with high-quality architecture which has been well maintained over the years. The aqueduct is impressive. It is a delightful city to spend an afternoon wandering round. Plenty of excellent cafés and bars.