Languedoc-Roussillon is often described as the ‘unknown Riviera’, as it is less influenced by tourism than the region surrounding Nice and Cannes.
Languedoc-Roussillon lies at the border of Spain and forms part of Catalonia, which stretches from Barcelona in the south to Montpellier in the north. Along the coast there are many small, picturesque villages such as Agde, Argeles, Banyuls, Collioure and St. Cyprien, offering beautiful beaches. Further inland, small villages cling to the mountainsides. The largest cities in the area are Montpellier and Narbonne, together with Perpignan, which is 20 minutes from La Fauvelle. On both sides of the Spanish border there are towns with beautifully decorated churches and cathedrals.
Immediately south of Perpignan, the coastal landscape changes, towards Spain are the cliff landscapes that marks the beginning of the Costa Brava, and further north, the coast comprises endless sandy beaches.
Languedoc-Roussillon has a delightful climate positioned between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean. Located beneath the Pyrenees it receives cooling winds, even on hot summer days.
The region enjoys over 300 sunny days per year, the perfect conditions for wine production, which is the main industry in the area. Today, there are several exciting and innovative wineries in the region which, apart from their national popularity, are also enjoying growing international recognition.
Situated between ‘La Plaine’, the plains between the Mediterranean to the east, the Albères and Les Fenouillèdes mountain to the north and south, and the majestic mountain peak of Canigou (2,784 metres above sea level) to the west, the area is the perfect starting point for sports and cultural excursions and activities, where the sea and the mountains are never far away.