Languedoc-Roussillon + the Pyrenees

Things to do in Languedoc-Roussillon + the Pyrenees

Produces an excellent collection of Côtes de Thongue wines; every July, the Swiss owners hold a classical music festival onsite.

The ganache is spiked with the russet-colored piment d’Espelette.

Where: Crossing the Tarn Valley in the Massif Central, near Millau in southern France.

 

Stats: 8,100 feet (less than two miles) long; cars travel 885 feet above sea level, but the highest point on the bridge is 1,125 feet.

 

Ask to see the Socoa models.

Visit the archaeological site at La Graufesenque, where the Gauls made the pottery now housed in the Musée Fenaille.

Named after the beloved French poet (Valéry wrote the classic verse Le Cimitière Marin), the museum also has a local focus; collections illustrate Sète's history and its people. Be sure to catch the view from the Marine Cemetery on site, where Valéry is buried.

Lavender, geranium, and mint are some of the scents that may inspire you during GoLearnTo.com’s weekend perfumery course in France’s verdant Languedoc region. In a sprawling 18th-century farmhouse near Montpellier, study base and top notes and concoct your own signature scent.

This museum blends contemporary works made of everyday objects (like brightly colored sculpted murals made from toys) and folk art; Argentine botanical artist Liliana Motta uses common plants and weeds from around the world to decorate the garden.

A tour of the Caves of Roquefort will turn you into a lover of Roquefort cheese if you aren't one already.

Temporary exhibitions of contemporary paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations are set in a vast space designed by architect Lorenzo Piqueras, who recently overhauled the Salle des États, where the Mona Lisa is displayed in the Louvre.

The museum houses pottery made by the Gauls.

The Sètois take their cocktails seriously. Join the crowds ordering aperitifs at this sleek bar overlooking the docks.

Open for public tours; also hosts multicourse wine-pairing dinners twice a year—book early.

The hottest after-hours address in town is a bar-lounge that was designed by its architect-owner, Guy Falco, to look like a riad in Marrakech.