The Languedoc Roussillon lies down in the true South of France, sharing many geographical aspects with its more expensive sister region, Provence. It is mainly a wine growing area – actually the largest in the world – but has so much else to offer: hundreds of kilometres of sandy beaches, historical Cathar monuments, hiking trails, rivers, mountains, skiing, proximity to Spain.

 
Living here, one of the first things that expats are struck by is the wonderful golden light of the sun. They say there are 320 days of sunshine here; although it is a seasonal climate and can get quite cold in the winter, the sun shows his face a lot here throughout the season. It is also said that the Languedoc is one of the hottest regions in France. The coastline is largely sheltered and you will never find yourself jostling for space on the beach!

Living here, one of the first things that expats are struck by is the wonderful golden light of the sun.

The summer of 2016 so far has been blessed with very high temperatures, and one of the loveliest things about this is that the evenings remain very warm affording an outdoor lifestyle throughout the summer. The weather is reliable here: you can pretty much guarantee that July through to September will be very hot indeed – albeit with the odd downpour or storm now and again: perfect conditions for the vineyards of course.

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The lifestyle is very laid back and Mediterranean

 

Every village at this time of the year has fetes, concerts, art exhibitions, and special themed evenings in the restaurants each weekend. There is a very strong community here with each village coming together to provide entertainment in the summer months to the locals and tourists alike. Let us not forget the Canal du Midi also: it’s a joy to watch boats meandering along the Canal from lock to lock, stopping off for refreshment here and there.

There is a very strong community here with each village coming together to provide entertainment.

The proximity to Spain means there is a strong Catalan influence here – as well as meaning you can simply get in the car, drive just over an hour and end up in Spain! This also influences the lifestyle here, which is very laid back and Mediterranean – there is no rush. Perhaps that (and the wonderful space) explains why people are so very friendly. There is an obvious difference between living here and living in the UK; it’s hard to put into words but there is little stress in life here. Time for a visit? Cheers!