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Western Mediterranean Tourist Information

From the foothills of the Pyrénées to the flat marshlands of the Camargue in the Rhône basin, this region is a paradise for sunworshippers and has many secluded beaches and coves. Nestled behind the diverse coastline, you’ll find an unspoilt landscape dotted with sleepy villages, vineyards & river gorges. Eurocamp Independent's guide to Languedoc Rousillon & Pyrénées Tourist Information includes links to the best campsites in the region, with details of Languedoc tourist attractions and sightseeing suggestions to make the most of your tent and caravan holiday experience in France.

Eating out in Western Mediterranean

Languedoc Cuisine - Try ‘Boles de Picolat’, a traditional local dish of lamb, beef or pork, cooked in a sauce of tomato and green olives. Sample the famous Corbières, Saint Chinian and Faugères red wines, which are rich, spicy and full-bodied.

Typical dishes include ‘cassoulet’ and mussels baked in garlic butter, or stuffed. Famous wines include Fitou, Côtes-du-Roussillon, Minervois and Corbières. Listel is a light, fruity and fresh ‘Vin de Table’. ‘Blanquette de Limoux’, the oldest sparkling wine in the world, has a delicate fruity flavour and is ideal as a dessert wine or when mixed with 'Crème de cassis’ (blackcurrant liqueur) to make ‘Kir’. The area boasts some very fine fortified sweet wines which are ideal ice cold as aperitifs or dessert wines.

Pyrénées - A traditional dessert is the ‘croustade’, a tart of apple and Armagnac. The pallet of tastes from this region include ‘daube de porc’, pork, carrots and herbs braised slowly in red wine, ‘poule au pot’, a casseroled chicken dish and ‘magret’ of duck, slices of rare duck breast.

Languedoc Roussillion & Pyrénées Sightseeing and Culture

There's a wonderful open-air flower market in the centre, attracting visitors from all over.

Argelès-Ville is a pleasant market town, whilst Argelès-Plage has lively bars and restaurants.

The capital of the region which is rich in museums and home to the French Catalan people. Wander along the palm-lined promenades, taking in their vibrant painted houses and absorb the aromatic spices of the Arab quarter.

A beautifully restored medieval fortress city with 3 km of ramparts. Don’t miss the tree-lined Canal du Midi, one of the architectural wonders of the medieval era.

The central, old quarter of Toulouse, which lies on the bank of the river Garonne, is not to be missed. The impressive town hall can be found on the Place du Capitol and there are numerous museums.

There is a particularly interesting Templar church in the village. Luz-Saint-Sauveur is a well kept mountain village and spa resort surrounded by towering mountain peaks. The attractive streets house numerous shops, cafés and restaurants and the scenery is superb.

How to get there

Take a morning crossing to Calais and stay overnight in Burgundy leaving a drive of about 7 hours.

Campsites in Western Med & Pyrénées