Drive Around Languedoc and Southwest France

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The best of Languedoc’s diverse and unspoiled landscape, from the beaches of the coastal resorts to the wild and remote mountain plateaux, including Cathar country, the Cevennes and the Pyrenees, and the Tarn and Gard regions.

Thomas Cook Drive Around Guides are designed to provide you with a comprehensive but flexible reference source to guide you as you tour a country or region by car. This guide divides Languedoc and Southwest France into ...

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Overview

The best of Languedoc’s diverse and unspoiled landscape, from the beaches of the coastal resorts to the wild and remote mountain plateaux, including Cathar country, the Cevennes and the Pyrenees, and the Tarn and Gard regions.

Thomas Cook Drive Around Guides are designed to provide you with a comprehensive but flexible reference source to guide you as you tour a country or region by car. This guide divides Languedoc and Southwest France into touring areas – one per chapter. Major cultural centers or cities form chapters in their own right. Each chapter provides at least a day’s worth of activities – often more.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781841577838
  • Publisher: Cook, Thomas Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Series: Drive Around - Thomas Cook
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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"The area covered by this book is one of the most varied in France. Glossy coastal resorts, wild remote plateaux, towering mountains, deep gorges, forests and caves - it has them all in abundance. Add a rich history, castles, cathedrals and an exceptionally wide variety of museums and it provides plenty to interest every visitor, whatever their particular taste."

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Table of Contents


About Drive Around Guides     8
Languedoc and Southwest France at a glance     10
Introduction     12
Travel facts     14
Driver's guide     24
Getting to Languedoc and Southwest France     30
Setting the scene     32
Highlights     40
Perpignan: Mediterranean resort with palm-fringed promenades     42
The coast south of Perpignan: Pretty harbours as painted by Matisse     50
Into the foothills of the Pyrenees: Vineyards and orchards on the French/Catalan border     62
In the shadow of the Canigou: Explore mountain peaks and gorges by car or train     72
Up into the Pyrenees: Find flower-filled meadows and fresh mountain air     84
Castles and caves from Foix: Castle-topped crags and prehistoric caverns     94
A taste of Cathar country: The vertiginous heights of Peyrepertuse and Queribus     102
Narbonne: Vibrant city close to the Mediterranean     110
The coast and lagoons: Warm seas and clean beaches along the Golfe de Lion     118
Carcassonne: Showpiece example of a medieval fortified town     128
The Corbieres hills: Vineyards that produced the world's first sparkling wines     136
Around the Montagne Noire: Breathtaking landscapes in the southern MassifCentral     144
Toulouse: Sunny city of rivers and canals     154
The land of milk and honey: Rich farming country with colourful half-timbered houses     164
Albi: See Toulouse-Lautrec's work in the city of the Albigensian Crusade     174
The Tarn Valley: Charming villages in the valley of the Tarn     182
The Minervois and its vineyards: Museums of wine and vineyard crafts     192
Roman Languedoc: Prehistoric and Roman remains     202
Montpellier: Lively and progressive university city     212
Grottes and cirques: Classic limestone formations     222
The Corniche of the Cevennes: Hairpin bends and spectacular views     230
Templars, plateaux and cheese: Fortified La Couvertoirade and blue-veined Roquefort     240
Great plateaux and gorges: The scenic gorges of the Tarn and Jonte     250
The heart of the Cevennes: Sheep trails and gorse-covered hills     260
The coastal resorts south from Montpellier: Salt lagoons, canals, shellfish and flamingos     270
Language     282
Index     283
Feedback form     287
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