The cultural delights of Languedoc

There are so many sound reasons to booking a holiday in the varied and charming region of Languedoc. For many of those who stay here, it is the local wine-producing heritage that is the biggest draw, and indeed, the 740,300 acres (2,996km2) of vineyards in the Languedoc-Roussillon region is three times the combined area of those in Bordeaux.

However, the area has always had much richer cultural associations than its wine, and you can begin to discover them simply by visiting the art galleries and the intriguing bookshop of ancient books in the picturesque village of La Somail, a 40 minute walk away along the Canal du Midi from La Souqueto in Mirepeisset.

But the region’s cultural associations are very deep, embracing everything from Roman history to Occitan literature and the music of the troubadour composers to some of the world’s greatest art movements. Towns like Ceret, Perpignan and Collioure had key roles in Cubism, Surrealism and Fauvism respectively, with the region’s stunning light and charm having attracted such greats as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Miro.

Languedoc has also inspired famous writers including Valery, Moliere, Rabelais and Spanish poet Antonio Machado, all of whom are former residents. Today, visitors to the region can see the sustained culture of crafts, from jewellery-making and pottery to textiles and ceramics. Did you know that even denim was invented here?

Indeed, culture is all around us at La Souqueto. We continue to host a range of creative and cultural courses, covering such subjects as yoga, creative writing, wine tasting and the French language. We would welcome approaches from course leaders to host their events. We can accommodate 10 people.

May 2014 saw a week-long landscape painting course taught by artist Patricia Howells. A member of the Society of Botanical Artists, Patricia has been running her successful studio in Monmouthshire for over four decades, and her presence is more than welcome at La Souqueto, with her classes helping to provide an even fuller cultural experience for those booking our holiday accommodation in the south of France.

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