Languedoc-Roussillon + the Pyrenees

Languedoc-Roussillon + the Pyrenees Travel Guide

Lavender, geranium, and mint are some of the scents that may inspire you during’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.

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.

François Liguori, one of Sète's best-known designers, creates whimsical furniture under the label Pescatore, using wrought iron combined with wood, glass, rattan, ceramic, and plastic thread. You can pick up one-of-a-kind pieces or special order something—a magazine rack, perhaps.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.