The lively town of Pezenas is generally regarded as the jewel in the Languedoc crown. Located in the heart of wine-producing country, 30 minutes west of Montpellier, 20 minutes north of the Mediterranean coast and 30 minutes south of the beautiful Languedoc Regional Park, the town encompasses all the romanticism of the south of France, together with traditional architecture and everyday living.

Pezenas is a quaint little town of approximate 8,000 inhabitants. We will not go into detail on the history and architecture of the town as we’re sure your guidebooks will tell you more than we can. When you arrive be sure to go to the tourist office to get the latest information on what is happening in the town and all the other activities in the area. They are a great source of information on what to do. There is a wonderful monthly newsletter in English called Blablablah that gives great information about the area, if we haven’t given it to you do ask for a copy. (

Also famous throughout France for its antique shops and bric-a-brac yards and the weekly Saturday market.

Private wine domains dominate the surrounding countryside. All welcome visitors to taste the local produce. A fascinating introduction to the many up-and-coming and already famous appellations.

The Mediterranean coastline is just 12 miles from Pézenas. It offers wonderful child-friendly beaches with all watersports facilities. Waterside cafés and restaurants give you the chance to watch the world go by under the summer sun.

Choice of golf courses at Béziers, Lamalou and Cap d’Agde. The Cap is also the place to be seen for the chic Paris crowd that converges every August. Nightclubs and lively bars and restaurants dominate the resort, while for the kids there is the huge waterpark, ‘Aqualand’.

Elsewhere, don’t miss the Canal du Midi, Lake Salagou, hiking and canoeing in the Orb valley, Pont du Gard, Carcassonne, the pink flamingos and white horses of the Camargue, the famous half bridge and Papal Palace in Avignon.

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