tretching lazily along the Mediterranean from the Côte d'Azur to the Spanish border, the Languedoc is the quintessential South of France.

 

“This Cinderella of the south was once overshadowed by gorgeous Provence and the brash Côte d’Azur. Now, she stands as their equal, displaying a discreet charm that her more-visited siblings lost long ago”

- Lonely Planet

 

What to see and do
Vibrant fishing villages, endless beaches, rolling vineyards and olive groves fringed with Cypress, medieval castles perched on snow capped mountains, thriving market towns and forgotten hamlets. The region boasts an amazing diversity of leisure options: laze on the beach or partake in every imaginable water sport. Explore historic cities – Roman, Medieval and Renaissance – with internationally recognised cultural attractions. While away the days hiking or on horseback, fishing or hunting. Wander antique markets that rival any in Europe. Discover superb cuisine and world-class local wines in simple bistros and Michelin-starred gastro palaces…

 

The climate and when to come

The Languedoc enjoys a perfect Mediterranean climate with mild short winters and long hot summers. The region gets over 300 days of sunshine annually, so you're very likely to get sunny weather - even in winter. Each season has it's advantages - so here's a summary of what each time of year offers:

 

SPRING: Warm days and cool evenings. Usually sunny with occasional showers. Gorgeous, with abundant wild flowers and super-clear air. Great for exploring, walking, sightseeing, seafood on the coast, wine tasting and pretty much everything else. Our pool is heated from May 1st.

SUMMER: Hot and sunny, long days and balmy evenings. Busy with holiday-makers from all over Europe. Lots going on - fiestas, concerts, wine tastings and everything else...

AUTUMN: Warm with cool evenings. Very sunny with occasional rainy days, which don’t last long. Stunning landscapes as the vines turn red, orange and gold. Perfect for sightseeing, wine tasting, walks, biking and just about everything else. Our pool is heated in October.

WINTER: Sunny and dry with lovely dark blue winter skies. Though the average daytime temperature is 14° it can sometimes get very cold, particularly at night (no problem with our central heating). Still plenty going on, and great for walking and exploring.

 

Getting Here
Languedoc is easy to reach, with superb motorway and high-speed rail links, and several international airports connecting the region to every major European city. For more about how to get here, click here.

 

The Local Villages - Quarante and Capestang

The Château is just five minutes from the villages of Quarante and Capestang. Distinct in character, these traditional wine-making villages offer all the services and conveniences you could want, including a dozen or so restaurants, cafés and bars - from upmarket canal-side restaurants to friendly village cafés, popular twice-weekly markets, countless wine domains, supermarkets, doctors, and a very active community life.

 

The immediate locality offers a huge range of recreational options. The golden beaches at Serignan with its feet-in-the sand restaurants are a 25-minute drive through vineyards and villages. Coarse, fly and sea fishing abound. Countless vineyards and markets offer the very best local produce. And on days when you feel like something a little more urban, you are around 20 minutes from the compact cities of Narbonne and Béziers, while Montpellier, France’s ‘most exciting city', is less than an hour away.

 

The Beaches
Languedoc's beaches tend to be huge - long and deep, with fine pale sand and warm, clear blue water. 'Beach clubs' spring up each year along many of region’s beaches, offering excellent food, lounger service and even massages. Many transform into laid-back clubs in the evening, with the latest in relaxed beach sounds from international and home-grown DJs.

 

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