From the Pyrenees to the Cévennes, Languedoc-Roussillon unfurls along the Mediterranean coast and offers and infinite choice of holidays.
If you swear only by culture and architecture, you will have plenty to occupy yourself with the Roman monuments in Nîmes, the medieval fortified city of Carcassonne, Montpellier's old town and the Cathar castles, not forgetting a stroll around Collioure in the footsteps of the Fauve painters.
If you are more interested in lying on a beach, make a beeline for the Côte Vermeille ("Vermilion Coast"), with its creeks and fishing ports, then select your resort from Aude, Hérault or Gard: there is something to cater to every taste.
Inland, wine and authenticity are the watchwords. The landscapes can be spectacular and the activities are numerous: walking on Mont Canigou, skiing on Mont Lozère, canoeing down the Gorges du Tarn and taking a bike ride along the Canal du Midi.
And the cherry – indeed, the cerise de Céret! – on the cake is the region's gastronomy: whether travelling solo, as a family or a couple, taste a tielle in Sète, savour a cheese from Aubrac or a platter of oysters in Bouzigues, accompanied by a Muscat de Rivesaltes or a Corbières wine.