Nature activities in Languedoc Roussillon

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Nature activities in Languedoc Roussillon 34 Montpellier fr

In Languedoc-Roussillon, nature is everywhere. The great outdoors welcome you to come enjoy the fresh air and outdoor activities in all forms. From the Mediterranean Coast, to the Pyrenees, all the way to Causses, this region provides a playground that is perfect for many outdoor activities.

Hiking

Cévennes, located between Gard and Lozère, attracts many long-distance walkers, especially along Stevenson's route, the GR 70, named after the 19th century writer and traveller who described his journey in "Travels with a Donkey." You can also enjoy a walk in the winding valley upstream of the Gardon (GR 6), well known for its amazing Roman aqueduct. At the other end of the region, the GR de Pays hiking trails are wonderful for walking around the Cerdagne - Capcir, a slope in the Pyrenees, is well preserved and boasts a strong Mediterranean influence. Once again, you can travel the GR 10 (across the Pyrenees) towards the powerful majesty of Mont Canigou, and take advantage of the smaller themed PR trails such as the Céret ridges in Roussillon, a wine-producer's route near Ferrals-les-Corbières, a Cathare route around Quillan (near Carcassonne) and more. 

Causses and Cévennes were integrated to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in June 2011.

Cyclotourism

The more peaceful hills in the coastal plains are wonderful for biking with the family. Just travel through one of the Green routes along the Canal de la Robine (22 km between Narbonne and Port-la-Nouvelle), from Perpignan to Thuir (15 km), the Agly (14 km between Barcarès and Rivesaltes) from Montpellier to Palavas (16 km) or the Chemin des Filatiers (thread merchant's route (38 km between Lavelanet and Mirepoix, in Cathare country). 

Navigable waterways

Listed on the UNESCO World Heritage register, the Canal du Midi, which flows from Carcassonne to Béziers, is of course one of the main delights of river boating, especially if you take a solar-powered barge-hôtel. The Canal du Midi, dating back to the middle of the seventeenth century, boasts many original bridges dating from that period. On the other side, the Rhône Canal from Beaucaire to Sète also promises peaceful escapades in the sun.

Canyoning

Over a span of many years, the spring water has carved magnificent canyons that have become Cévennes' claim-to-fame. Many of them are accessible to everyone and allow the practice of safe canyoning. It is also important to mention the beautiful canyons of Haut Chassezac (known as the “Pearl of Cévennes”) and Rieutort in the heart of the Cévennes National Park. 


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