Where to stay and eat in Languedoc-Roussillon



There are many fantastic local wines to try on your trip © Shutterstock

Here is our choice of good restaurants and accommodation in the traditional Languedoc-Roussillon region.

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Château Pech-Céleyran, Salles d’Aude
This castle, in a village between Narbonne and Béziers, has belonged to the Saint-Exupéry family for five generations. This has given them a lot of time to perfect what is on offer. You can stay in one of the five lodges, or four bedrooms, or the nine-person apartment above the wine cellars. The vineyard produces quite specific wines, including some AOC.

Andrea’s Rooms
This charming guest house in the coastal town of Marseillan features a swimming pool and a garden planted with fig, cypress and tea trees. “Bathed in sun all day, yet shaded and quiet, it’s a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life,” say the owners, who named their property after their granddaughter.

Pouget castle
A 12th century castle, an indoor swimming pool, a bowling alley, an orange grove, a “romantic park for cocktails and aperitifs” … all this and much more in this 4-star hotel between Montpellier and Nîmes. There are four charming rooms to choose from, all individually decorated.

Hotel meets art gallery at Galla Placidia in Narbonne
Hotel meets art gallery at Galla Placidia in Narbonne © Occitanie Tourisme

Galla Placidia, Narbonne
Fancy an evening at the museum? This new hotel-art gallery in Narbonne is about as close as it gets. “I want to promote female artists from the region,” says hotel manager Julie Fontanet, who has filled the walls of her eight guest rooms with art. “It’s halfway between a boutique hotel and an artist gallery.”


Auberge du Vieux Puits
Gilles Goujon is the chef of this magnificent inn in the hilltop village of Fontjoncouse. Its “local network of enthusiastic suppliers” has helped it earn three Michelin stars, with correspondingly high menu prices. There is also a swimming pool.

Auberge du Vieux Puits serves Michelin-starred cuisine in a hilltop village
Auberge du Vieux Puits serves Michelin-starred cuisine in a hilltop village

There are a myriad of hostels dotted around Languedoc-Roussillon, but two of the best are in Narbonne and Carcassonne. The first houses The Carpe Diem, in the city center, with all the emphasis on sustainable tourism and prices from € 20 per night. The latter has Auberge Le Couvent, a former 17th century convent, with 70 beds (in dormitories and single rooms), a tapas bar, a large central patio, and cocktails served on the roof. Prices start at € 30 per night.


Fall asleep with the rocking of the Canal de la Robine in Narbonne. Stay on a two-bedroom yacht called the Nubian, with breakfast delivered in the morning.


The seaside town of Gruissan, which appeared in the 1986 film Betty Blue, now has a village of floating chalets on the marina, available for seasonal rental.


Huttopia The new chalet village in the mountain resort of Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via combines nature and comfort with environmentally friendly accommodation in the Regional Natural Park of the Catalan Pyrenees.


The Alegría sails the Canal du Midi from Béziers, offering cabins, a plunge pool and meals on the open deck.

Dining on the beach in the Hérault is a wonderfully relaxing experience
Dining on the beach in the Hérault is a wonderfully relaxing experience © Occitanie Tourisme

La Dune complex
Overlooking the seaside resort of La Grande-Motte, this club offers rooftop dinners, parties and DJs. David Guetta, Moby and Bruno Mars are among those who have performed here.

The Bastion, Lagrasse
This new restaurant, located in the old ramparts of the charming medieval town of Lagrasse, offers an “avant-garde rural” menu of dishes such as red mullet ceviche and grilled mackerel.

Agapé, Carcassonne
Owners Charlotte and Gaetan make sure every ingredient comes from less than 100 km away. Enjoy Italian-style aperitifs in the early evening.

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