The following suggestions are all within a drive of an hour and a half or so of Château Ventenac and make comfortable days out with plenty of time to explore the attractions of each area.

Grotte de Clamouse

Aigues Morte – picturesque because, unlike most medieval cities, it has not been greatly restored. On the edge of the Camargue, Aigues Mortes makes a good trip if you fancy something different.

Château de Peyrepertuse – approximately a 1 hour and 25-minute drive into Corbières and Ariège, you will find one of the most exciting Cathar fortress ruins. Château de Peyrepertuse holds medieval shows during July and August.

Cevennes National Park – the second largest national park in France, this is a walker’s paradise with cross-country skiing on Mont Aigoual in winter and horse riding in the summer.

Collioure – south of Perpignan, just before you get to the Spanish border, Collioure, a small fishing port is dominated by the Chateau Royal.  It was here that Matisse painted some of his most colourful pieces. A great place to visit for a lazy lunch on the quayside of the old harbour.

Grotte de Clamouse & St-Guilhem-le-Désert – the Grotte de Clamouse, one of the most impressive caves in the area. Then travel on to St-Guilhem, often voted the prettiest village in France with its abbey and pottery shops.

Montpellier – is one of the liveliest cities in the south of France and the capital of the Languedoc Roussillon.

Nimes – one of the larger cities in the Languedoc, Nimes is a good and popular place for long weekend breaks.

Pezenas – nestled between the Mediterranean sea and the Haut Languedoc, Pezenas is a town rich with the sort of good living that the Languedoc is famous for. Its wines and speciality foods are numerous, such as “Les Petits Pates de Pezenas”.

Pont du Gard – a magnificent 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct which is the highest bridge the Romans ever made. Swim under the bridge for the best views!