For all of the other delights that Languedoc offers in the shape of the finest food and wine, walking opportunities and historic sites, one can’t possibly book Languedoc accommodation and not also take in the region’s various enchanting art galleries and museums. Of all bed and breakfast accommodation in the area, the sensitively restored La Souqueto townhouse may be especially difficult to leave behind, given the presence of an large, bright artist’s studio and even art courses.
However, the rewards for exploring the cultural centres in and around Languedoc are many. What the south of France may lack in terms of quantity of art galleries and museums, it more than makes up for in quality. There may be only one major art gallery in Languedoc, for example, but that Montpellier museum – the Musee Fabre – has a rich collection of paintings dating from the 15th to 20th centuries, its represented artists ranging from Nicolas Poussin, Charles Le Brun and Jacques-Louis David to Gustave Courbet, Eugene Delacroix and Jean Hugo.
The Musee Fabre is also a proud home of ceramics from Greece and the rest of Europe, in addition to the sculpture of such luminaries as Antoine Bourdelle, Rene Iche and Jean-Antoine Houdon. Or if you’d like to find one unlikely place with a rich artistic heritage, make the 30 minute drive from Perpignan to Ceret, the small town close to the border with Spain that is associated with the likes of Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and Cubist co-founders Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.
It’s also in Ceret, however, where the Museum of Modern Art can be found, with its collections including such major artists as Picasso, Salvador Dali, Juan Gris, Marc Chagall and Joan Miro. Speaking of Dali, those who are tempted to actually cross the border to Spain from their Languedoc accommodation won’t be disappointed by the Dali Museum in the legendary Surrealist’s home town of Figueres. Opened in 1974, with Dali himself involved in its creation, the building has a twisted and bizarre appearance – inside and out – entirely in keeping with the great man’s paintings and sculpture.
Naturally, the Dali Museum also houses the single largest collection of works by the artist, drawn from his personal collection. It all makes for a exceptional museum that is just one more reason to book Languedoc accommodation like La Souqueto if you are a self-respecting culture vulture.