Short car journey


About 50 minutes away by car, Orange is more of a one-trick pony than Arles or Nimes, having as its main attraction its famous amphitheatre… but what a trick!  It is well worth a visit and needs a whole afternoon … Read More

Canal du Midi

We occasionally get asked about the Canal du Midi which is to the West of us.  People often make an entire holiday out of cruising the canal but there are various points where you can take boat for a couple … Read More


One of our favourite towns.  Again, Roman ruins abound – but, unlike in Nîmes, they have been absorbed into the fabric of the town.  For us the most impressive are the foundations of the main market square (the Cryptoporticus), place … Read More

Le Bistro de Caro

Don’t be put off by the street that this oasis is accessed from… it’s well worth a visit.  Different menu every day for weekday lunch (try their pork); tasting menu in the evening and at the weekends.  Heavy emphasis on … Read More

Le Petit Jardin

One of our favourites in Montpellier, and a favourite amongst locals.  Eat outside in the garden at the rear, which you’d never have guessed existed, having entered the restaurant from a narrow street.  Near the Jardin des Plantes.  Traditional with … Read More

Hot Air Ballooning

What a treat!  You can either take off near the Pont du Gard or from Uzes (the source of the water for the aqueduct).  If it’s Uzes, you will see the Roman town planning as you gently ascend.  It’s an … Read More

Windsurfing, Standup Paddle etc.

There are loads of places to do this, kitesurfing too…  But our favourite is the salt water lake near La Grande Motte with windsurfers and paddle boards for hire.  Instruction available too, with English spoken if required.  There are often … Read More


La Grande Motte (30 minutes away) is well-developed and a favourite of Parisiens.  Busy but huge beaches so plenty of room and plenty of activities including tubing and windsurfing with showers on beach.  You’d be advised to book activities in … Read More


Consistently voted by French people as the city they would most like to live in, it is vibrant, cosmopolitan, young (big student population) with a huge boulevard at the centre where people congregate for coffee and are entertained by buskers.  … Read More


A beautiful walled medieval town (13th century) with upmarket shops within the walls, which it is possible to walk around.  It has a lively square at its centre which is a good place to eat out at night.  There is … Read More

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