Have you discovered the South of France? As a holiday region, it’s becoming increasingly loved, thanks to the many family-friendly campsites and self-catering holiday homes in the area, the glorious weather and lots of things to do in Languedoc-Roussillon for all ages.
But that’s not to say that young people can’t have a good time too. We’ve come up with 6 exciting things to do in this South of France region. If you, however, decide to visit Paris as well, and need a Parisian shuttle bus to get around the city, Le Bus Direct is a great company for that.
Kayaking in Roquebrun
Want to add a bit of outdoor adventure to your holiday while keeping a cool head? The banks of the River Orb are dotted with local businesses, so head on down to Roquebrun and hire a kayak for a few hours or even the whole day. Depending on your preference, you can get the adrenaline pumping by tackling the rapids or enjoy an afternoon of relaxed paddling.
River beach bathing
While one of the most famous things about the Languedoc is the beaches, you don’t have to head to the coast for a spot of sunbathing. Cessenon-Sur-Orb is a small town not far from Roquebrun that boasts beautiful street and a laid-back way of life. The river beach beneath the bridge is perfect for young couples. It’s not too busy, so you can be sure to have space for yourself. Paddle in the shallows or jump off a cliff into the deeper water and have a fun day out.
Wondering what to do when you want to escape the heat of the Southern sun or, perish the thought, it’s raining – but still, want to have fun? Montpellier is the place to go. This student city has a wealth of activities to offer. Spend a day indoors and discover go karting, laser shooting or ice skating – there’s even an aquarium. After a hard day’s enjoyment, carry on into the evening in one of Montpellier’s many popular bars, restaurants, and clubs.
Accrobranche at Beziers
Beziers is a complete mecca for fun activities, boasting cinemas, bowling alleys, skate parks, shopping malls, cafes, and restaurants. Most importantly, a large nature complex on the outskirts of town is the proud location of an Accrobranche treetop adventure park. Scale trees, zip line through the countryside or take one of many types of courses to make the park your personal jungle. And should you get tired of zip lining, there’s farm animal enclosures, obstacle courses, outdoor gyms and beautiful picnic areas to discover for the perfect day out.
For confirmed beach bunnies who want something more exciting to do than just sunbathe, Valras is the happening place. It’s a modern seaside resort with excellent tourist facilities, watersports oriented activities and plenty of events through the tourist season, but the with yesteryear charm of Deaville or Biarritz. From casino to beach volleyball, traditional market shopping to chilling out with cocktails and moules frites at a seaside restaurant bar, Valras has plenty of appeals.
Watersports at Grau d’Agde
Being in the Languedoc, it would be a pity not to make the most of the watersports and related activities on offer. Head to Grau d’Agde and rent one of the boats along the riverfront (note that you need a license to take a boat out on open sea), or join a cruise boat to take you around the various areas of the coast while you enjoy the view and soak up the sun. Saint Pierre la Mer is the place to go if you want to be a little more active – the local watersports club offers sports equipment rentals and classes (also in English). Whether you want to waterski, kitesurf, windsurf, paddleboard, wakeboard or more, you’ll find it all and a lot more here.