Languedoc’s Mediterranean climate produces sizzling summers and sunny winters – similar to northern Spain. So, if you thrive on heat, visit during July or August. You can walk or cycle all year round, but June or September will be a bit cooler.
The village of Olargues sits at the foot of the Espinouse mountain range, popular with walkers, climbers and cyclists. Several gorges provide excellent walking, never far from splashing streams.
A picturesque drive down the Orb valley takes you onto the plains around Beziers, an area dominated by vineyards and bisected by the Canal du Midi, where boats drift along in the shade of thousands of plane trees.
A bit further on and you’re at the coast. The sandy beaches of Serignan and Valras are great for swimming, kite-surfing and sailing in the summer, but they’re also worth a visit out of season for beachcombing.
If you fancy going further afield, it's not that far to the Pyrenees, Toulouse and Montpellier. There's also Carcassonne, with its fairytale castle and medieval streets.
This region has a rich and turbulent history, with the rise and fall of the Cathars in the 12th to 14th centuries. An intriguing and sadly doomed culture, they left a collection of castles in stunning locations all within reach of Olargues.