Welcome to Languedoc Roussillon
The traditional carnivals, festivals and bullfights which take place in the lake district along the Camargue (Bouvine), fishermen festivals of Gruissan, Sète or Bouzigues, Languedoc Joust tournaments in Sète and Mèze are all part of the culture of the area…
With a still intact back-country and a protected littoral, Languedoc-Roussillon also astonishes by its historical and cultural richness: with its many sites and monuments, abbeys, castles and its works classified with the world inheritance of UNESCO: Le Pont du Gard, Le Canal du Midi, the City of Carcassonne and the Routes of Santiago de Compostela, the Catalan castles and the numerous abbeys.
In the area people speak two languages:
- The Occitan language which is a Roman language, is considered as a transitory language between the Roman languages of the south (Italian or Castilian) and French, and is close to the Catalan.Today, a few people speak the Occitan but its decline seems to cease, and it’s understood by a good number of the population. Since its standardization it is taught again and receives funds from the local communities
- The Catalan language, born from Latin, belongs to the family of Roman languages.In our area the Catalan is spoken only in Roussillon, which in the past was part of the Catalan counties attached to Spain and which was annexed to the kingdom of France under Louis XIV, in 17th century. It shares many features with both Spanish and French, and is the language nearest to Occitan.
Indeed, when comparing the modern descendants of Latin, Catalan is often thought of as a transitory language between the Iberian Roman languages (such as Spanish) and Gallo-Roman languages (such as French).
The Catalan linguistic region includes the southern part of France (Roussillon), the Principality of Andorra, Catalonia (Barcelona), and the Valencian Country.