Well, from an artist's point of view it is fantastic. The air quality is superb giving you crystal clear light, bright colours and the biggest blue skies you can imagine, making painting and sketching ‘plein air’ a real pleasure.

As far as the scenery is concerned you have a wide choice of subject matter ranging from historic old villages, ancient monuments, canal side views, mountains, beaches, vineyards and......................You can tell I'm pretty enthusiastic about the area.  A painters paradise! And all within easy reach of Quarante where I am based.

The climate is one of the best in France, with an average of 2750 hours/300 days of sun each year and an average rainfall lower thanthat of Provence.  The summers are hot and sunny, the winters dry and mild, and it only rains at night – most of the time!  Regional weather

Contact me by telephone: 00 33 (0)4 99 57 16 63

Languedoc (now Occitanie)

The majority of my painting holidays at www.Painting-Holidays-France.com are based in the Languedoc-Roussillon, now called Occitanie, south west France,  the biggest wine producing region in France.

What is the area like?

It's probably the best kept secret if you're looking for the real south of  France. We are positioned in a golden triangle formed from Beziers to Carcassonne to Narbonne making it full of variety offering  you long sandy beaches, mountains, flowing vineyards, pretty villages and history by the bucketful.

Marvel at the imposing ancient Cathar castles, the peaceful Canal du Midi, Carcassonne with its medieval walled city and the ancient villages, abbeys, underground caves, fishing ports and Roman remains, the list is endless.  Many of the historic towns and villages are well known: Pézénas, Agde, Perpignan, Montpellier . . . . and with Spain less than two hours away, you can also visit the Salvador Dali museum at Figueras for an artistic fix.

The climate is one of the best in France, with an average 2750 hours/300 days of sun each year and an average rainfall less than that of Provence. The summers are sunny and hot, the Spring and Autumn colourful and the Winters dry and mild. Well, most of the time! Regional weather.

Occitanie regional tour Tourist Office: www.sunfrance.com

It all depends on what you want of course, maybe you are making your painting holiday part of a grand tour, if so you will travel through a selection of flat, mountainous, wild and wonderful scenery. When I moved here in 2008, I took two days to get here from the Midlands in the UK, but if you have more time it would be well worth making a few stops along the way.

If you choose to fly the area is well served by a number of airlines to a selection of airports and they are increasing all the time. The nearest airports to me are Beziers ( about 30 minutes  drive) or Carcassonne (about 45 minutes ) away, but of course it all depends where you are departing from. Anyway, the following list may be of help to you.




Travel

Ryanair 0871 246 0000 www.ryanair.com

BMI British Midland 0870 607 0555 www.flybmi.com

Bmibaby 0870 264 2229 www.bmibaby.com

Thomson 0870 165 0079 www.thomsonfly.com

Flybe 0871 700 0535 www.flybe.com

British Airways 0870 870 9850 www.ba.com

Easyjet 0871 750 0100 www.easyjet.com


Contact me by telephone: 00 33 (0)4 99 57 16 63

Getting Here

Nearest airport:
Beziers (40 minutes away)
Carcasonne (45 minutes away)

Pre-booked private transfers:
Your host would be happy to arrange a transfer for you. The price is €40 from the both train stations or €50 from either airport each way.

All transfers must be pre-booked so please enter your flight details during the booking process or email them at least 14 days before your arrival.

By train:
The nearest train stations are Beziers and Narbonne.

There is a TGV train service available from Paris to Beziers. Travel time is between 4-6 hours.