The Languedoc Rousillon region was formed by the union of two historical provinces in 1960. The region lies between the Pyrenees, along the coast of Provence, and the Massif Central. This combines the best of France – sun, mountains, low land, cities, many historical monuments, wine and food.
The name comes from the old Languedoc French, spoken in southern France. The language was spoken in the North Oil and became modern French. Languedoc Rousillon area was inhabited by many peoples, including Phoenicians and Moors, before being finally taken over by the French, in the eighth century. Around the area there are remains of the Roman Empire, especially in the Roman town of Nimes, a location where you can find one of the aqueducts of the area. Nimes is the city where he appeared denim, which was exported to the U.S. for slave clothing.
Montpellier is an old university town, which has a medical school since the XII century. In the Alps you can see a great art collection of Toulouse-Lautrec. Beziers is the center of Languedoc wine and fortified city of Carcassone is a picture story with the lands bordering the highway. With this picture contrasts La Grande Motte, a large resort with futuristic buildings.
The Old Town of Montpellier is beautiful, dotted with a rich Roman history since the days, but everything here is the action: shopping, pubs and people watching. In addition to this, there is also a vast pedestrian area. Every morning you can do your shopping in the Place de la Comédie: products and clothing made from farms, etc. Even the Tourism Bureau features a helpful and bilingual staff that will provide maps and suggestions about what to visit or what location to choose for your accommodation.
In the center there is an English library that offers for sale second hand books in paper and occasionally shift, depending on dispozitioa owner that day. You can also appease your appetite for junk food (peanut butter, etc.) To the south lie the Mediterranean beaches. During the summer competitions are organized in Palavas sea – an event that dates back to medieval times, funny, but always crowded. Those who prefer to hide from the crowd can find some more remote beaches along the coast, with fewer people in the morning.
Montpellier is a beautiful city, bright and welcoming with a history preserved in each of its sites. What is really impressive about it is that the city puts price on tolerance and brotherhood.