If you’ve spent too many Euros on activities for kids or bottles of wine at dinner, why not try some of these fun activities all for free.
Zoo du Lunaret in Montpellier consists of almost 200 acres of natural parkland and is the largest green space in Montpellier. The newest enclosures at the zoo are home to lions, brown bears and white rhinos and better yet, it’s free!
Take a step back in time
On the first Sunday of every month, many museums have free entry. You may have to check out your area specifically, but it is definitely worth looking into!
Jardin Des Plantes in Montpellier was one of the earliest botanic gardens in France and is a beautiful place to walk around and explore as a family.
Eat al fresco
The best way to save splurging at lunch is to make your own to take to a picnic. Why not take your lunch and eat it next to the Lac de la RiviÃ¨ge at La Salvetat-sur-Agout, the Lac du Salagou or Lac de St-FerrÃ¨ol and then jump in the lake for a swim afterwards?
Take a signposted walk around a beautiful bird sanctuary in Domaine de jean, Lattes, in the south of Montpellier. If you are struggling to find your way around the flora and fauna, there is La Maison de la Nature to help you out.
Head back to the beach
Yes, you may have spent the majority of your days on the beach, but why not?! The beaches around the Languedoc are some of the most stunning breaches in France and with the sea on your doorstep, things can never get too boring. If you’ve got enough room left in your case, throw in a small bat and ball or bucket and spade to keep the kids amused while you relax and top up your tan.
Le Cirque de Navacelles is often described as a geological wonder. It is an erosional landform that has formed into a gorge. The cirque is isolated, with only a few small villages in the area surrounding it. If you don’t want to do a lot of walking, you can simply paddle in the stream in the gorge.
Explore old cities
Carcassonne is a French town in the Aude department of France and is steeped in rich history. The town’s history is actually re-told in the novel Labyrinth by author Kate Mosse. The fortified city in Carcassonne is a must-see sight, it consists of two outer walls with towers and barbicans to prevent attack by siege engines.
Debra decided to take her children to the Languedoc and found these great activities to do without spending a fortune. She did a villa rental in Languedoc with her family through Lovely Languedoc.