Accommodation options are ample and varied in this dynamic region. Unsurprisingly, the larger cities, particularly Montpellier, Nîmes and Carcassonne, offer the largest choices, from boutique hotels and five-star establishments to budget ventures and chain hotels.

Get some wheels to delve into the region's rural landscape and the choice is even greater, with charming bucolic retreats and bijou B&Bs.

Book well ahead in summer, both inland and along the coast.