Languedoc-Roussillon + the Pyrenees

Things to do in Languedoc-Roussillon + the Pyrenees

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.

The rustic, typically Sètois bar is popular with residents, who come here for affordable wines and simple grilled seafood brochettes.

This maritime-themed shop specializes in traditional marine-motif dishware, lighthouse lamps, boat-shaped tables, and other nautically inspired objects.

The gallery run by arts patron Yves Faurie is the spot in town to view the work of contemporary artists such as Hervé di Rosa (founder of the Musée des Arts Modestes), Robert Combas, and Jean-Louis Poveda.