This is my first time to the region. Working in Stuttgart and then taking a week by train through to Barcelona, then a flight home. I realize that is is a short time and I cannot see it all, but it is the only time I have. I wanted my first three-four days in any good town ,as a base, then see a few things in the area. I wanted to use pubilc transport, since I am by myself. I like history, nature, old buildings wineries, small towns, good food. On a moderate budget. Nimes, Sete, Uzes, Montpellier, Avignon all seem great.
If you have any ideas of the best town to use as my base, must see spots, good moderate lodging, restaurants, destinations.
I guess by main question is: Is there any up side to visiting in late January?
P.S. I have been reading many of the great postings.