|The Mediterranean coastline west of Marseilles and down to the Spanish border is located in the Languedoc region. The region curves around 240 km (150 mi) of spectacular coastline with some of the finest beaches in France. There are several resorts along the long sandy beaches, and a modern tourist infrastructure. Among these resorts are Cap d'Agde, Palavas and Norbonne Plage, but there are many other. These beaches and resorts are very popular among the French. In high season in August, there can be very crowded, but at other times there are often plenty of space.
The region is home to many charming and interesting cities, among the major ones are:Nimes, with its Roman arena, Montpellier, Narbone, Carcassonne, and Perpignan, but also Collioure, Banuyls, Sete and hundreds of small villages along the road are worth a visit. Since the region is relatively undiscovered by tourists, the prices are generally low.
Montpellier is a town with many tourist attractions, and has an old university tradition. It has conserved much of its past, with narrow medieval streets and grand private houses. A main focus point in the city is La Place de la Comédie with its Opera House built in the 19th century. The terraces of the many cafés and restaurants make it a lively place where both students and local residents meet up throughout the day. The pedestrianized historic Old Town with its beautiful 17th and 18th century town houses is located close to La Place de la Comédie.
Nîmes is smaller than Montpellier but has a stunning Roman Coliseum that is second only to Rome's. Nîmes is an excellent base from which to visit a nearby Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, the Camargue with its pink flamingos and white horses, and the enticing golden beaches of the Mediterranean.