- Truffles fairs: Truffle weekend in Uzès (16/17 January 2016) and "Fête de la truffe et des produits du terroir" in Nîmes (30/31 January 2016)
- Camargue celebrating bulls and horses, "Abrivado des Plages" takes place every year on the first Saturday of March at the Grau du Roi- Port-Camargue
- Escale à Setes: A major celebration of maritime traditions, Escale à Sète happens every two years in March or April (22/03 to 28/03 in 2016) - in Sète with impressive parades by the boat crews, on-board tours of the traditional boats, cooking based on produce from the sea, sea shanties, conferences, exhibitions and free events.
- Cévennes National Park Nature Festival (from April to November 2016) offers more than 500 events for everybody, most of them free, around an annual theme every year from April to November
- Great Roman games in Nimes (23/24 April 2016) invite young and old alike to experience the Roman era during a spring weekend in Nîmes with a unique show with 400 participants, processions in the streets and entertainment at the Maison Carrée and the Archaeological Museum.
- Ferias de Nimes (12 - 16 May 2016) is a real Nîmes institution, an event like no other, the town is taken over by horses and bulls and also by music, dancing and wine.
- Fairies of Pont du Gard - For four evenings in June, in the exceptional setting of the Pont du Gard, famous firework artists create a sound, light and pyrotechnics show of breath-taking beauty.
- Carcassonne Festival with almost one hundred concerts and shows, including French and international variety shows, theatre, circus, dance, jazz, opera and classical music.
- Tour de France (13/14 July 2016) On the July 13 and 14, 2016, two stages of the 103rd Tour de France will pass through Languedoc-Roussillon in the South of France. Carcassonne and Montpellier are stage cities.
- St Vincent Festival in Collioures (14/08 to 18/08 2016) is a huge occasion that celebrates the arrival of the remains of the town's patron saint with a seagoing procession in Catalan fishing boats, water-based games, concerts and bands, dances, traditional Catalan sardane dances, street art and more.
Local Attractions in Languedoc-Roussillon
- Carcassonne: UNESCO World Heritage site, a historic city encircled by medieval ramparts.
- Le Canal du Midi - world's oldest commercial canal, built in 17th century. From Agde to Carcassonne, - and beyond to the Atlantic. Canal with shaded cycleway and footpath. UNESCO world heritage site.
- Les Cévennes: Beautiful mountains, with steep wooded valleys. National Park area. Impressive caves …
- Nimes: Old city with narrow streets, and remarkable Roman remains, including the Arena and the Maison Carrée.
- Le Pont du Gard: UNESCO World Heritage site, impressive Roman aqueduct, just north east of Nimes.
- Aigues Mortes: Fortified town near the coast, once a port from which the Crusaders set forth.
- Montpellier: Regional capital, with old town, the Musée Fabre, churches and other sites.
- Agde : attractive old small city, old streets, market, cathedral, waterfront.
- St. Guilhen le Désert: Small mediaeval city with romanesque abbey and castle ruins. Also the nearby Grotte de la Clamouse: magnificent stalacmites and stalagtites.
- Sète: Fishing and commercial port. Old town, beaches, boat trips.
- Narbonne: Former Roman city, once the regional capital, with an impressive cathedral, underground Roman grain-store, and canalside quays.
Practical information for your villa holiday
GMT +1 hour
The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tipping in Languedoc-Roussillon
Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill. However, it is often a subject of controversy whether this amount actually goes to the waiter or not, therefore it is your choice whether to tip more.
Arrival & Departure Formalities
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
Weather in Languedoc-Roussillon
Languedoc-Roussillon is considered a dry temperate region with an average 300 warm and sunny days a year and rain falling on a maximum of about 90. Average rainfall in spring and autumn is low. December and January are the wettest months. With temperatures about 28°C during the summer months those long hot summer days can last late into the evening. The warm and sunny spring and autumn have an average temperature of 24°C. The average temperature of the dry sunny mild winter months are around 14°C with February the coldest month at 12°C. Temperatures are slightly lower near the coast due to the sea breezes. During the summer months, this makes the high temperatures more bearable.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
Electricity supply in France
Electrical service in France is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.
Driving in france
- Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if the road has a white line across it.
- Passport or national ID as well as driver's license/insurance papers/ownership papers must be carried all the time.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways (auto route).
- Speeding fines: 30 - 300 Euros.
- Minimum driving age is 18.
- For use of the highways (auto route) it is invariably necessary to pay a toll before access. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
- An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.