Family Camping Holidays in Languedoc-Roussillon

Languedoc-Roussillon camping

The beautiful Languedoc-Roussillon region of France boasts a huge variety of landscapes and around 300 days of sunshine in parts of it. The region is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and is divided into five départements (counties) – Aude, Gard, Hérault, Lozère and Pyrénées-Orientales. Languedoc is a dramatic region, complete with stunning beaches, clear rivers and canals and lakes to undertake all sorts of watersports in. Making it the perfect region for a French camping holiday.

Inland you’ll find majestic forests, the edge of the Pyrenees and medieval villages to explore. There really is something for everyone here and, because the natural attractions are so stunning, you’ll be able to explore on any budget.

Things to do while you’re camping in Languedoc-Roussillon

You could happily spend an entire holiday here by the seaside – Montpellier is a beautiful seaside town with lovely beaches and a gorgeous town to explore. Or take a snorkel and mask to Banyuls sur Mer – a marine reserve with an amazing variety of sea life. For an action packed day, hire a canoe from St Bauzille-de-Putois near Ganges on the banks of the Hérault. You can travel down the river at a mainly leisurely pace (encountering a few rapids along the way!), swim, snorkel, explore the riverbanks and hunt for crayfish. You can also arrange for a minibus to meet you downriver to take you back to your car.

At Thuès, visit the Gorges de Caranca – a complex of narrow walkways and ledges above breathtaking drops (not one for those with vertigo!). Or visit one of the ‘grands sites de France’, the Cirque de Navacelles, where the river Vis has carved a great horseshoe-shaped canyon out of the rock. Afterwards, you can wander down into the canyon and picnic by the waterfall next to the village of St Maurice-Navacelles.

The forest set sculpture park, Le Vallon du Villaret at Lozère merges art and adventure, with nature trails leading through the forest and interactive art installations dotted around en route. For a more high-octane forest experience, take the kids to Argelès Aventure in Argelès-Sur-Mer. Here children as young as five can climb the high rope trails and swing down zipwires, whilst there’s even a tiny circuit suitable for kids of between two and four years old. Animal loving children will adore the Reserve Africaine de Sigean, a safari park complete with lions, ibex, brown bears, zebras, elephants, chimpanzees, ostriches and many more species. And at the seaside resort of Le Grau du Roi there’s a wonderful Seaquarium with sharks, rays, eels, octopus, jellyfish, seals and sea lions. Children are encouraged to get involved in many interactive aspects.

Getting to Languedoc-Roussillon

You can take the Eurostar to Lille and then a TGV train to Montpellier, Bézier, Narbonne or Perpignan. Alternatively, you can take your car on the Eurotunnel and then take the Motorail train from Paris to Narbonne, although this is an expensive option!

Flights are available from the UK to Montpellier, Carcassonne or Perpignan with low cost airlines such as Easyjet and Flybe.

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