The region has a Mediterranean climate meaning hot, sunny and dry summers and sweet winters along the sea coast from the Gard to the Oriental Pyrenees. On the contrary in Lozere and in the Cevennes Mountains winters are colder and snowy.
Béziers Beziers, in the heart of the Languedoc wine country, is marked by its cathedral that stands proudly between L'Orbs and the Canal du Midi. Beziers's proximity to Spain is also evident here: the bullfights in August set the town on fire. Carcassonne The medieval walled town lies on the right bank of the river Aude and is featured on UNESCO's World Heritage List. It has 52 towers and 2 rings of town walls making a total of 3 km of battlements. It boasts a large number of shops and craftsmen Mende On the banks of the River Lot in Lozere, Mende still has the proud look of a town watched over by an imposing cathedral. The narrow, winding streets are lined with oratories and old houses with well-kept secrets behind heavy wooden doors. Montpellier Montpellier is a cultural, scientific and artistic crossroads with an incomparable heritage. L'Ecusson, with its Place de la Comedie, dominated by the opera house, stretches all the way to the new Antigone quarter designed by Ricardo Bofill. The narrow streets, lined by many 17th and 18th century mansions, lead to St Peter's cathedral, the western world's oldest medical school, the Place Royale du Peyrou and the botanical gardens created during the reign of Henry IV. Narbonne Narbonne, the Visigoth kings' former residence and capital of the Roman Septimania, is devoted to the Mediterranean art of living and marks the dividing line between Languedoc and Roussillon. The Archbishops' Palace in the historic town and its 40-meter high fortified tower stand on the ruins of the Gallo-Roman ramparts and the via Domitia, overlooking the town. Nimes Nimes, a beautiful, laid-back bourgeois city, displays its ancient roots and, during the Whitsun and Grape Harvest festivals, becomes an outpost of Spain, with bodegas vibrating all night to the beat of "penas". Perpignan Perpignan, at the foot of the Pyrenees, is graced with the heritage of the kings of Majorca. In the 20th century, Salvador Dali called it "the center of the world" because Picasso, Miro, Matisse, Derain and Chagall worked there creating new styles of painting. Pézenas Its magnificent stately homes and 17th century mansions lining narrow streets plunge you into a delightfully refined atmosphere. Nearby Pezenas is the birthplace of Molière.