Christmas Present List: Book a South of France Holiday in Languedoc

Friday, 7 December 2012

Traditional Festivities do, of course, vary from country to country and France is no exception, like some of its European counterparts the French have their main celebration on Christmas Eve – Le Réveillon de Noël – when the family gathers together for an evening of Gastronomic delights – often an enormous seafood platter to start, ending up with a Büche de Noël – followed by Midnight Mass.  

Expectant children leave their shoes in front of the fire for Père Noël!

Seafood Platter
Büche de Noel

Christmas Day too is a very important “foodie” event and will often include a more traditional menu perhaps rabbit or coq au vin.


Conversation throughout the day invariably turns to the memories of heady Summer Holidays spent on the coast and the planning of the next one, which for the French is usually in August.  So why not take advantage of this and come and enjoy the Mediterranean and its fabulous beaches in May and June when you can have them to yourself!

In particular, access to the undiscovered jewel of the south, the Languedoc region, around Beziers and Montpellier, has been made so much easier with the advent of No-Frills airlines. 

The airport at Beziers makes onward journey times short to get to South France Villas  rental properties near the beach where the sea is shallow, ideal for young families.  Starting from only £140 per person per week – great value for money – you can have the pick!

 Beachfront location (HE067A)
Room with a view


Right on the beach is Villa St Pierre (HE067A) in a family orientated resort, sleeps 8 and is as the French would say “pieds dans l’eau”, with amazing views.

Or perhaps “la piece de resistance”, the fantastic Les Rocailles (HE044A), which has the best of both worlds – direct access to the beach AND a heated pool!

HE044A Les Rocailles on the beach near Beziers


The Languedoc certainly has it all, sun, sea, sand 
and sensible prices – Happy Holidays!