The Languedoc

This part of the south of France has a huge amount to offer the tourist and those that have chosen to live there.
Look at the map of France, and especially the Languedoc and the Aude

A great site to see how glorious the weather is in the south of France and the Aude

Languedoc Flag

The history of the Languedoc and the Aude

The wines in the Aude are mainly the Minervois and the Corbieres. Read about all the Appellations in the Languedoc

The epicenter of the Aude, the Canal du Midi has much to offer

The Cathars is a fascinating period of History dating back to the 11th and 13th C

Activities in the Languedoc

Noilly Prat Distillery
Town: Marseillan
Postal Code: 34340
Noilly Prat

Oulibo Olive Oil

L’Oulibo Olive Oil Co-Op

Town: Bize Minervois
Postal Code: 11120Department: Aude

Full Description: L’Oulibo is a cooperative that produces some of the best olives and olive oils in France. Historically, the oils of the region were made primarily from blends of olives, but today the co-operative makes some outstanding single variety oils. The two most prominent varieties in the area are the tiny picholine and the larger lucque with its pointy ends and irregular shape. Lucque olives fare are significantly longer than they are wide and curved like a crescent of the moon, strongly curved and pointed at its end, of color dark green. Cultivated only in the West of Languedoc-Roussillon. It is gathered green from September in mid-October. It is an excellent green table olive, with fine and consistent flesh. They are collected black, from November to January, and they give a fine, soft and fruity oil. The olives are picked by hand and brought to the mill as soon as possible.

The Limoux fête is generally called a Carnival in French, but its real name is Fécos, the local name for its characteristic dances. It starts with a parade of the organising committee dressed up in comic masks, white baggy shirts and trousers, wearing red scarves and clogs, and carrying whips. These Meuniers(Millars) receive His Majesty, the King of the Carnival, a stuffed dummy, who will preside in a theoretical sort of way over the proceedings over the coming months. Each weekend there will be more parades in the main square, stopping at cafés to entertain and annoy the customers.

Every Saturday and Sunday (and on Shrove Tuesday – Mardi Gras) a band will make a number of outings in and around the town’s main square.Limoux Festival Each band consists of a group of masked pierros and their accompanying musicians who follow the pierrots from one café to another in the square, playing as they walk along, through a tunnel of spectators lining the ancient arcades. A fête is generally called a Carnival in French, but its real name is Fécos, the local name for its characteristic dances. It starts with a parade of the organising committee dressed up in comic masks, white baggy shirts and trousers, wearing red scarves and clogs, and carrying whips. These Meuniers (Millars) receive His Majesty, the King of the Carnival, a stuffed dummy, who will preside in a theoretical sort of way over the proceedings over the coming months. Each weekend there will be more parades in the main square, stopping at cafés to entertain and annoy the customers.

Pierrots wear a sort of uniform, the forerunner of our modern clown outfit. Each band has its own distinctive colours, often based on the traditional Limoux version: black with brilliant shiny bands. Pierrots wear a curious expressionless white mask. They each carry a long, flexible, decorated wand called a carabéna, and a large bag of confetti.


Museums in the Languedoc

Musée de l’Ecole, Imaginarium

Carcassonne, Aude département
A museum dedicated to the Cathar Wars.
Musée de la Chevalerie.

Carcassonne, Aude département
The museum concerned with the Medieval period, located at the foot of the City ramparts.
Musée “Mémoires Moyen Age”

Carcassonne, Aude département
Museum of the Middle Ages.

A spectacle projected onto three screens, Catha-Rama provides an introduction to the Cathars: the story of the Crusades, and the creation of the Inquisition. Available in English, it is designed to help you to understand the Cathar sites you may visit later.

Domaine de Sautès
RN 113
11000 Carcassonne
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 78 77 98
Fax: +33 (0)4 68 78 51 66

47, avenue Fabre d’Eglantine
11300 Limoux
Tel : +33 (0)4 68 31 48 42

Sallèles d’Aude
amphoralisA museum of Gallo-Roman pottery located on the excavation site at Sallèles d’Aude, not far from theCanal du Midi. It overlooks the excavated remains of Roman ceramics workshops dating from the 1st to the 3rd centuries A.D. Roof tiles were made here, along with a variety of pots, including amphorae.
Opening Times:
1 October to 30 June: Tuesday to Friday 14:00-18:00. Saturday and Sunday 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00.
1 July to 30 September: daily 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-19:00. Closed Mondays and 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.



Musée Amphoralis
Allée des Potiers
11590 Sallèles d’Aude
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 46 89 48
Fax: +33 (0)4 68 46 88 11
Musée du Quercorb

The Museum of Quercorb (Aude département) covers the Quercorb region, including its landscapes, traditions and handicrafts. It is in the village of Puivert, a short walk away from the Château. The Instrumentarium in the castle-keep is home to a collection of replica 14th century musical instruments (corresponding to stone carvings of the same instruments in the same room).
Musée du Quercorb
16, rue Barry du Lion
11230 Puivert
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 20 80 98


Museums in the Gard Départment (30)

Musée du Désert

The Museum of the Desert, in the centre of a typical Cevennes hamlet, illustrating the history of the Huguenots and Camisards in the Cévennes. The House is the one where Rolland, leader of the Camisards, was born. Learn about the persecution of Protestants during the “Désert” period – the interval between the revocation of the Edict of Nantes and the Edict of Toleration (1685-1787), and the War of the Camisards.
There are also 18th century artifacts and typical handicrafts from the area, as well as weapons and maps from the War of the Cévennes, and collections of bibles, engravings and paintings.
Opening Times:
The museum is open daily from 1 March to 30 November
Musée du Musée du Désert
Le Mas Soubeyran
30140 Mialet
Tel : +33 (0)4 66 85 02 72
Fax : +33 (0)4 66 85 00 02

Musée Archéologique

Archaeological Museum, Nimes.
Musée Archéologique
13, boulevard Amiral Courbet
30000 Nimes
Tel: +33 (0)4 66 76 74 80
E-mail: musee.arché

Museums in the Hérault Départment (34).

Musée de Lodève

The Museum of Lodève (Hérault), housed in the former mansion of the Fleury family. Collections are arranged in two large sections: Fine arts from the middle ages to the 20th century; and geology, paleontology, prehistory, and archaeology: This section focuses on the history of the Lodève region from 540 million years ago until the Gallo-Roman period.
Opening Times:
Open daily except Mondays, 0900-1200 hrs and 1400-1800 hrs
Musée de Lodève
Tel : +33 (0)4 67 88 86 10
Fax : +33 (0)4 67 44 48 33


The Agropolis Museum in Montpellier
The museum provides educational activities to students and members of research institutes in Languedoc-Roussillon. Subjects covered include ecology, agriculture and the history of food production. The Agropolis-Museum is intended to forge links between the scientific community and the public. It is also a research centre, providing information on the history of nutrition, with exhibits on agriculture and food-production.
951 Av. Agropolis
34394 Montpellier Cedex 5
Tel : +33 (0)4 67 04 75 00
Fax: +33 (0)4 67 04 13 69

‘Musée Languedocien’

The Museum of Languedoc is owned by the Montpellier archaeological society, founded in 1833. It houses collections of prehistoric and Gallo-Roman artifacts, Greek and Etruscan ceramics, medieval sculpture and paintings, and local crafts and works of art relating to the history of the region.
Opening Times:
The Museum is open daily (except Sundays and public holidays) 1400-1700 hrs. 1 July to 31 August.
Musée Languedocien et Société Archéologique de Montpellier
7 Rue Jacques Coeur
34000 Montpellier
Tel: +33 (0)4 67 52 93 03
Fax: +33 (0)4 67 66 02 08
Musée Fabre

The Fabre Museum, Montpellier
Paintings from the Italian School (Veronese) and the Spanish (Zurbaran), place this in the first rank of French museums. It was founded in 1825, funded by a donation from the Montpellier painter, François-Xavier Fabre (a pupil of the artist David). The collection of major works was assembled by local patrons such as Alfred Bruyas, a friend of Gustave Courbet. (A painting ‘Bonjour Monsieur Courbet’ formed the first in the collection.)
Opening Times:
Monday to Friday 0900-1700 hrs, Saturday and Sunday 0930-1700 hrsLanguedoc Painting
Musée Fabre
Boulevard Sarrail
34000 Montpellier
Tel: +33 (0)4 67 14 83 00


Museums in the Lozère Départment (48).

La Filature, Calquières Museum

The spinning mill, Langogne, Lozère You see the ancient art of wool spinning at the Calquières Museum, the only centre for wool production in Languedoc-Roussillon.
This is a working museum – the mills turn and the machines hum. Educational but also enjoyable.
The museum passes on skills and knowledge through school visits and weaving workshops.
Opening Times:
All year round.
Prices: Adults €5, Children €3
La Filature: Tel: +33 (0)4 66 69 25 56
Tourist Office: Tel: +33 (0)4 66 69 01 38

Museums in the Pyrénées-Orientales Départment (66).

Tautavel Museum.

Tautavel man Languedoc

Tautavel (P-O)

European Centre for Prehistory in a village near which Tautavel Man lived 450,000 years ago in the caves of Caune de l’Arago. This museum traces the daily life of prehistoric hunters and their cultural evolution using interactive technology, 3D reconstructions, films, and models, together with the archaeological findings

Opening times: July and August, daily 09:00-21:00

Information: Musée de Tautavel
Centre Européen de Préhistoire
16 route de Vingrau
66720 Tautavel
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 29 07 76


Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum of Fine Art

Perpignan (P-O)
This museum, located in a town house in the centre of Perpignan, displays a collection of paintings from the Catalan Gothic period Works by Rigaud, Clavé, Maillol, Manolo, Dufy, Picasso, Ingres, Géricault, Greuze, BausilBrune, Daura, Monfreid, Terrus and Violet.
The museum also houses a collection of contemporary works by 210 different artists. There are also paintings by Aléchinsky, Appel and Linström, supporting the museum’s claim to one of the finest collections of the paintings from the COBRA movement in the world.
Opening Times:
1 October to 30 April: 1100-1730 hrs. Closed on Tuesdays
1 May to 30 September: 1200-1830 hrs. Closed on Tuesdays
Musée des Beaux-Arts Hyacinthe Rigaud
16 rue de l’Ange
66000 Perpignan
Tel : +33 (0)4 68 35 43 40
Musée d’Arts et Traditions Populaires du Roussillon Casa Pairal

Casa Pairal Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions of the Roussillon, Perpignan.
Nine themed rooms The museum gives an insight into rural and traditional Catalonia. It also contains the symbolic flame of St John, sacred to the Catalans. From the terrace, you have views over Perpignan, the Roussillon plain, the sea and the Pyrenees, with the Canigou mountain standing out in bold relief.
Opening Times
1 October to 30 April: 1100-1730 hrs. Closed on Tuesdays
1 May to 30 September: 1000-1830 hrs. Closed on Tuesdays
Musée d’Arts et Traditions Populaires du Roussillon Casa Pairal
Le Castillet
Place de Verdun
66000 Perpignan
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 35 42 05
Musée Numismatique Joseph Puig

Joseph Puig Museum of Coins and medals, Perpignan
. The only museum of its kind in France, containing a collection of coins and medals from all periods and locations, with a series of coins from Catalonia and Roussillon, some of them very rare.

Opening Times
: 1 October to 30 April: 11:00-17:30 
1 May to 30 September: 12:00-18:00
. Closed Sundays, Mondays and public holidays

 Musée Numismatique Joseph Puig
42 Av. Grande Bretagne 
Villa des Tilleuls 
66000 Perpignan
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 66 24 86

Banyuls Sur Mer. Maillol Museum. 
Sculptures, paintings, lithographs, Artist’s studio: 
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 88 57 11

Ceret, Modern Arts Museum
Matisse, Juan Gris, Chagall, Dali, Picasso, Dufy, Miro, Max Jacob. 
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 87 27 76

Ille-Sur-Tet. Sacred Arts Center: 
Roman and Baroque Art. Paintings, fresco painting, sculptures. 
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 84 28

Prades: Pablo Casalls Museum: 
A museum dedicated to the composer. 
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 05 41 02
Bages: Naive Arts Museum: 
International Museum, paintings from around the world and from all periods: 
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 21 71 33



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