There are plenty of other things to do in Occitanie.
The Occitanie (Languedoc-Roussillon) region is immersed in a rich history
The Occitanie (Languedoc-Roussillon) region is immersed in a rich history with many medieval castles, abbeys and ancient cathedrals reflecting these fascinating, often turbulent times. It is worth spending some of your “off-the-bike” days exploring these historic sights and you won't have to deal with the usual tourist crowds that you would find in say, Paris or the Côté Azur region. (Interestingly, the name Languedoc means “language of yes”; “oc” being the word for “oui” in the original Occitan-dialect.)
A few highlights:
- Cité of Carcassonne
- The Pont du Gard (a Roman aqueduct)
- The Canal du Midi ( a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- The ancient walled-city of Aigues-Mortes
- The historical Cathare village of Minerve
An important wine-growing region in France
Languedoc is France’s biggest wine-growing region and produces a range of innovative wines, known for their unique depth of character – and reasonable prices. I can arrange tastings of the local wines or a customised wine tour with a picnic.
Visit website - Taste du Languedoc
Beaches and coast
The Occitanie region has a lively coastal scene.
You will find great wide, safe, sandy beaches that are never over-crowded, only 45 minutes away by car (Narbonne Plage and Guissan Plage).On a warm, balmy Summer's evening you can enjoy a bowl of fresh mussels or a seafood platter with a chilled rosé wine at one of the relaxed beach bar/restaurants overlooking the calm, blue Mediterranean sea.
Get a taste of real local food and produce.
There are plenty of opportunities to sample the produce on sale at the various local village markets in Olonzac (Tuesdays), Lezignan (Wednesdays), Narbonne (Thursdays) and St.Chinian (Sundays). Browse through the collection of clothing and crafts,or stop for lunch during your ride and sample all the tasty local breads, cheeses, sausages, and tapenades. You can even do olive and olive-oil tasting at Oulibo, the Olive Coopérative in Bize (10 minutes drive) where they have factory tours and a great well-stocked shop (www.loulibo.com)
Pick-your-Own Fruit and Veg Farm
Pick-your-own fruit and veggies.
Just a ten-minute drive from Cycle d’Oc guesthouse there is the opportunity to pick your own delightful fresh fruit and vegetables - directly from source ! The farm is open from June to August and offers a wide range of whatever is in season.
Loosen up the muscles.
After several days of hard pedalling, you may feel like having a good sports massage to relieve your aching muscles. I can organise a Sports massage with a qualified Thai physiotherapist-masseuse. You can visit at her practice nearby or I can arrange for her to come to the guesthouse.