Verdant countryside cascades beside golden beaches and the landscapes echo with history as the undulating limestone valleys and captivating peaks reveal the effects the elements have had on the area over thousands of years. The colourful brick buildings and medieval streets add to the charm of this small French region. When you reside at a holiday villa in Roussillon you are staying in an ancient area which has been inhabited since the Neolithic era. It was also populated by the Romans, with many artefacts remaining for contemporaries to enjoy. The region is known for its ochre mines with their orange and red hues and interestingly shaped rocks.
The natural aspects of the area allow you to pursue several outdoor activities when you stay at a holiday villa in Roussillon. Walk amongst the countryside or follow trails which meander through the valleys and mountains towards the lucent sea. The expanse of Languedoc - Roussillon incorporates many vineyards into its landscapes, with its regional wine being one of the oldest in the world, thus making it a trusted authority on this beverage. The gastronomy of the area excels to equal the accolades attributed to its wines and you can sample this when you visit the quaint restaurants and cafés in the region's towns. Alternatively you can purchase local delicacies and indulge yourself in the idyllic surrounds of a holiday villa in Roussillon, whilst taking a break from the many attractions and pastimes available.
Due to the water-decked terrain of the region, water sports dominate the activities here. You can choose to go swimming, canoeing, windsurfing or perhaps you will want to sail leisurely down a canal and allow yourself to become immersed in the passing scenery. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you can enjoy rock climbing and skiing. Leisure pursuits can be found only a short distance from a holiday villa in Roussillon and provisions for the more serene sports of golf and swimming can also be found nearby.
This region is ideal for those who want to take advantage of the surrounding vistas and the abundance of outdoor recreation available. Amidst the luxuriant natural surroundings there are museums and galleries offering cultural insights into the locale. Perhaps visit the Musée Fabrein Montpellier which is Languedoc-Roussillon's major art gallery hosting works by Rubens, Delacroix and Dufy. If you want to venture further from a holiday villa in Roussillon, drive to the small town of Ceret and view the pieces at its Museum of Modern Art. This gallery exhibits works by Picasso, Dali and Matisse amongst other great artists, making it one of France's ultimate modern art exhibitors. The most indisputably exquisite art museum, not far from the region, is the Dali Museum in Figueres. Dali designed this building himself and his unique style is evident in the surreal nature of its architecture. Its captivating exterior is merely an introduction to the bizarre maze of rooms and aesthetic confusion of staircases which await you within its walls. Dali's influence is apparent in every section of the building and it is therefore not surprising that this museum draws art lovers from all over the globe. Some of his finer pieces appear here and for those who wish to travel beyond the periphery of Languedoc, it is well worth the hour drive from a holiday villa in Roussillon.