The Languedoc-Roussillon is a delicious varied region that hides unsuspected treasures. From the Pyrenees’ foothills to the Camargue area, the Sud de France “Art de Vivre” invites you to discover the thousand and one regional specialities inspired by southern landscapes and traditions.
Your trip starts with the Pyrénées-Orientales, in springtime when the Catalan orchards are dotted with tiny pink flowers. Enjoying this wonderful place, you’ll take delight in tasting the many regional food specialties of this timeless landscape: Catalan charcuterie, peaches, nectarines, and apricots from Roussillon, purple artichokes, Collioure anchovies with tomato and of course rousquilles!
Then drive to the Aude department in Cathar country to admire the inviolable fortress of Carcassonne as well as the Peyrepertuse and Quéribus citadels. At the foot of the Black Mountain, you’ll be seduced by local products: duck confit, foie gras, fig jam, rennet apples from Vigan and more.
Looking for a fresh breeze? It’s time to head to the Hérault coast and to the charming Cathedral of Béziers, trapped between the Canal du Midi and the Orb River. Continuing toward the Thau Lagoon to contemplate the oyster beds that give a supernatural and harmonious touch to the landscape, you will be charmed by the local delights: oysters and mussels from Bouzigues, tielles from Sète, petits pâtés of Pézenas, Lucques olives, melon and others…
The trip continues toward the Gard department and especially Aigues Mortes, in the heart of the Petite Camargue, facing the sea with its salt harvests. While enjoying the fragile calmness of those marshes colored with pink flamingos, let yourself be seduced by a gardianne de taureau (bull stew) served with Camargue rice and Fleur de Sel. Heading north, you’ll be introduced to the Greek and Roman relics of the past and will taste new food specialities: tapenade, olive oil, Picholine olive but also peaches, nectarines, and Cod Brandade from Nîmes.
The Cévennes natural park in Lozère, where wolves and buffalos live, will allow for you to discover the nuances of Nature, enhanced by legends and stories. Experience time travel while admiring dolmens and menhirs, the very last vestiges of prehistoric times. The generous gastronomy of these highlands will charm you: pelardon cheese with honey, sweet onion confit, grilled chestnuts, aligot, and braised lamb ribs.
Looking back on this trip you will understand that the Languedoc-Roussillon region looks like no other. Its both dynamic and calm cities, its age-old and prestigious history, its timeless landscapes and gastronomic traditions linked to its terroirs...
So many food treasures to discover that you will certainly fall under the spell of the Sud de France “Art de Vivre”!