Something for everyone
Over 300 days of sunshine, 200 kilometres of coastline, mountains, rivers, canals, lakes and marshlands make the Languedoc region of France a veritable playground for anyone looking to get active.
In the lagoon just in front of La Baraquette, and the beaches just beyond it, you’ll find every type of water sport imaginable. For adrenaline junkies, there’s kite or wind surfing and jet or water skiing. For the explorers, go sea kayaking. Or for a more sedate day out, why not charter a luxury catamaran, replete with crew, champagne and lunch?
From the estate itself, superb walks and bike rides stretch out along the coast and through the vines. And should you want to venture inland into the hills, you’ll find hundreds of well-marked trails offering spectacular views of the Mediterranean, Pyrénées and even the Alps.
Head for the snow
A four-hour drive will take you to the pistes of the Pyrénées, where you can enjoy spectacular skiing on both the French and Spanish sides of the border, and retire in the evening to one of the many natural hot spring resorts. Less expensive than the Alps, they offer superb-quality slopes in a more rustic and less crowded environment.
“ The Pyrénées are a winter and summer playground, perfect for trekking, kayaking, canyoning, caving and rock climbing”
And now for some culture
Languedoc is also home to a thriving arts scene. The Montpellier ‘Opéra Orchestre Nationale’ is one of the finest in France, with a season packed with superb concerts featuring some top guest conductors. The city also hosts the Montpellier Dance Festival - one of the biggest in Europe. In nearby Sète, the ‘Jazz à Sète’ festival attracts famous names from all over the world - many of whom perform in an open amphitheater overlooking the sea. And of course, every village and town in the region throws an annual ‘fête’ every summer, where locals and visitors alike congregate to dine on local fare and enjoy the fireworks. Perhaps the biggest street parties of them all are the ‘Ferias’ in Nîmes and Béziers - where thousands of revellers (wearing red bandanas) pour into the streets to dance the night away.
“Dip into a diverse landscape, from the snow-capped Pyrénées in the south to the lagoons of the Camargue on the Provence border. Follow narrow, winding roads up to ruined castles or precariously perched hilltop villages. Enjoy cultural events in the region's major cities. Then embrace the great outdoors: walking, kayaking or simply sunbathing by the sea.”
Big fun for the little ones
If you have children, why not spend the day wading through the shallows fishing for crab and shrimp? Or shoot down waterslides at nearby Aqualand, swing through trees at an ‘Activity Park’ or take the family horse riding along the lagoon or through the beautiful marshlands of the Camargue? In Montpellier, there’s a superb aquarium, a planetarium and a zoo. Or head inland for a spot of very child-friendly kayaking down the Orb or Hérault rivers.