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Two bases in Languedoc Roussillon

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Two bases in Languedoc Roussillon

Hi. I have booked flights in and out of Montpellier in mid September and am planning to spend two weeks in Languedoc Roussilon exploring and walking in the Cevennes and the Parc Haut Langudoc. We're looking for somewhere to be based in each of these areas for approx 4 days each time. We will have a car but are planning on using it to get to walking destinations rather than really long day trips.

Any suggestions on where to stay in each of these areas would be very gratefully received' any walking trip tips also welcomed.

Will probably end holiday with a day or two on the coast and two days in Montpellier with a day trip to Nimes.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Jess

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1. Re: Two bases in Languedoc Roussillon

A good base for walking in the Haut Languedoc is St Gervais sur Mare. There are some gites and B&Bs in the village. There is no longer a butcher, but there are two bread shops, a general store, a chemist, a pizzeria and a bar which does food.

We go there often, and there are walks both from the doorstep and also ones you can access by car. Some walks are very tough, a it is pretty mountainous, but there are others which are not - for instance, there are walks you can do which are very high up, so you get amazing views, but they do not involve lots of climbing because the start of the walks are already high up. There are a couple on top of the Caroux, and others on the Plateau de Fagayrolles - both areas are stunning.

I don't know the Cevennes so well, but Le Vigan is a decent sized town with smaller villages around it and it has easy access to the wilder parts of the Cevennes.

As the Haut Languedoc and the Cevennes are similar, in that they are mountainous with lots of sweet chestnuts and evergreen oak trees, it may be an idea to look at spending four days in somewhere with different scenery - maybe the area around the Pic St Loup or to the East/south-east of Lodeve - it is less mountainous in these areas, but they are very beautiful and the rock formations very unusual in places.

Edited: 09 August 2012, 17:55
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