What to do in France?

So you’ve taken the plunge and decided to learn French in France but when you’re not in the classroom you’ll want to know what to do in France.  Here in Languedoc there are plenty of options to choose from when deciding what to do in France on a summer afternoon, take a look at our list of ideas below.

Our first what to do in France suggestion is what else but a wine-tasting tour?

We are surrounded by fields full of grapes, taking a wine tour around one of the vineyards of Languedoc is the best way to sample some of the local wines on offer.  You will be guided around the vineyard while learning the process and history of the wines.  You will sample several wines and have the opportunity to purchase wines at a very good price.

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What to do in France for a special dinner?

How about a Canal du Midi boat trip, 2.5 hour dinner cruise near Beziers and Carcassonne.  There are several companies offering scenic dinner cruises up the canal du midi where you can enjoy a 4 course meal on the Canal du Midi including wine and coffee.

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What to do in France for the energetically minded? How about canoeing, kayaking, river gorge walks, white water rafting,  abseiling or archery, all available a short distance from Pezenas

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What to do in France for watersports enthusiasts? Marseillan plage offers several companies that hire out watersports equipment with or without lessons.

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What to do in France for the artistically minded? Art and cookery classes are available from a number of suppliers – usually a minimum number of participants is required. 

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What to do in France for history buffs? Guided tour of Montpelliers historical centre – Relive the prodigious rise and the exceptional destiny that Montpellier has realized through the centuries. Mikvé (dating back to the 12th century, and an exhibition), triumphal arch, mansion courtyard, among others, will illustrate a 1000 year journey through the narrow streets of the historical centre. A clever mixture, nicely shaken by our guides, to give you a taste of the characteristic atmosphere found at the heart of Montpellier.

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What to do in France?  Historic chateau wine tour and walking tour of Pezenas – Including a walk in the vineyards, a tour of the beautiful buildings as well as a talk on the wine making process.  Wine tasting is included.

Or why not an historical guided tour of Pezenas?

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What to do in France to practise your French?Trips to local markets, brocants and antique shops.

During most weekends in Languedoc you have many options of different markets to visit.  Towns such as Pezenas, which has a market on Saturday that takes over the whole town offering things such as clothes, food, flowers and crafts is a great market to visit.  Other places include Carcassonne, Narbonne, Bessan, Collioure, Ceret and Valras Plage to name a few. On offer every day of the week are many shops full of antiques and other treasures for you to browse through. Bargains to be found!

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What to do in France for ancient architecture? A Trip to Nimes – Nimes is graced with some of Frances best preserved Roman architecture.  Les Arènes is the superb Roman amphitheatre built around 100 AD to seat 24,000 spectators and is remarkably well preserved.  Maison Carrée is a Roman temple built around AD 5 to honour the Emperor Augustus’ two adopted sons.  The temple is so well preserved it looks like it could have been built 100 years ago.

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Visit a chateau – There are various choices of chateaux to visit in the area however one of the most splendid is château de Flaugergues, which has a vinyard, restaurant and magnificent gardens set in 5 hectares and has been given the REMARKABLE GARDEN classification by the Department of Culture. Visits inside the chateau from the late 18th century featuring several collections and family archives is also an option.

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 Aigues Mortes – Aigues Mortes is a walled city buit from 1575 to 1622 and is set amongst the dunes and plain of the camague.  Inside the walls you will find quaint streets loaded with shops and cafés as well as fine restaurants.

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If you would like help organising any excursions or other ideas about what to do in France on your language holiday just send us an email and we’ll put you in touch with someone who can help. Don’t forget, the more notice you can give the better.