Things to Do
Sports and activities such as
Land Sports (cycling, horse riding, rugby, speleology and off-road motorcycling)
Water sports (swimming, sailing, canal barges, SCUBA diving, and river sports)
Air sports (flying, gliding, hang gliding, paragliding, and hot-air ballooning)
Mountain sports (walking, climbing and caving)
Winter sports (dog sledding, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and ice skating)
Hunting, Hawking and Shooting, Angling and Fishing.
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More sedate activities such as
Petanque – the Midi form of French boules
Courses: painting and other courses including residential courses
Cultural activities theatre, poetry, pottery, sculpture, choirs, music, and visiting the Languedocs many World Heritage sites.
Visiting museums in the Languedoc-Roussillon
Investigating painting and other art in the Languedoc-Roussillon. (Many famous artists have worked in the Languedoc-roussillon, especially in Carcassonne, Montpellier, Port Vendres, Sète, Collioure and Céret in the Pyrénées-Orientales département and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the Camargue. Among them are Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Henri Matisse, Sir William Russell Flint, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, René Magritte, and Salvador Dali
Annual events fêtes, carnival, festivals, and exhibitions (with separate pages for January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December)
Visiting restaurants, sampling regional food specialities and wine tasting
Assorted pastimes including games (tennis, and card games); educational courses; and various kinds of research (historical, heraldic, archaeological).
Cruising on the Canal du Midi
And more sedate activities still, such as
Eating Languedoc Food specialities
Drinking Languedoc Wine
See also Things to See in the Languedoc where you can find out about visiting cities of historical and architectural interest, market towns and other towns, villages and bastides; Fortified and grand buildings of specifically the so-called “Cathar Castles” and other Châteaux; Religious buildings: cathedrals, churches, and other ecclesiastical buildings; Aspects of nature including: the Languedoc Coast, wildlife (other than just spotting it), and springs, spas and grottoes
Languedoc and Midi Sports & Games
Tambornet. The “tambornet” of Languedoc is an ancestor of real tennis and hence lawn tennis, in which the players use a kind of tambourine. It represents an intermediate form of the game later than using the palm of the hand (as in Eton Fives) and earlier than a specially designed a raquet (as in real tennis and its many derivatives).
Rugby. Although not of Occitan origin, has proved very popular in this area, both in its orthodox version (Union with XV players ) and the so-called heretical version (League wth XIII players).
Quilhas de U èch. A form of skittles popular the Aveyronin and originally from Bearn. It differs from more conventional skittles or nine-pin bowls in the size of the court. Players throw a ball at one skittle at very close range with the intention of cannoning both ball and skittle into other skittles. The skittles weigh a couple of kilos each but the ball weighs 5 or 6 and is made of solid walnut wood. The game was brought to Paris in the early Twentieth century by a group of immigrants from the Aveyron. The game is popular in the Rouergue. Summer championships attract thousands of spectators. More info at http://www.aprene.org/spip.php?article233 and http://www.quilles.net/.