Eastern Languedoc for Foodies - 5 Days

The eastern area of the Languedoc/Occitanie region is a fabulous area for the foodlover to explore with a huge range of deliciousness just waiting to be uncovered!

The area includes the lovely old town of Montpellier, Sète (otherwise known as the ‘little Venice’ of France) and the coastal area in which the Etangs de Thau lagoons and attractive little village of Bouzigues are located.

Bouzigues is best known for the divine oysters that are farmed here. Indeed, nearly half of France’s oysters are produced in the lagoon and feature heavily on the French Christmas dinner table.

The town of Sète is a highlight for any food-lover visiting the eastern Langedoc. There is a fishing port right in the heart of the town where a fish auction (la Criée) takes place. The auction is supplied by a whole fleet of trawlers and tuna boats and much of the produce ends up on the stalls of the les Halles, the excellent indoor market at Sète.

One of the specialities of the area is ‘tielle’, a delicious spicy octopus pie which is sold at the market and other outlets.

Olives, olive oil and cheeses are all produced in the area and there are some excellent traditional biscuit makers to discover too. All of these delicious products are washed down with wine from the surrounding area. Red, white, rosé, whatever your preference, there is a wine for your palate. Bon appetit et Santé!

This single centre, fully flexible itinerary is based in the Montpellier area and will form the basis from which Your Personal France will create your own personalised itinerary.

We suggest you fly into Montpellier or Marseille or take Eurostar into Avignon from where you can hire a car.

The price for this Eastern Languedoc for Foodies itinerary will depend on your accommodation choice, the number of people, the time of year and which elements of the itinerary you wish to include.

Your Personal France can incorporate elements of this itinerary with any of the other trips on the website to create a complete trip to France. Explore more of southwest France and include elements of our Western Languedoc for Foodies itinerary, for example.

Day 1
Sète

Take a 3h gourmet walking tour of Sète with our expert local guide. You’ll meet the producers and sample local specialities including that spicy octopus pie, Tielle and fish soup too.

Visit the lively fish auction, the Criée, and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of the fabulous les Halles indoor market where you’ll find the best fish, seafood and local produce.

Wander the streets alongside the canals of this ‘little Venice’ and stop for lunch with your guide at one of our recommended restaurants.

Day 2
Oysters

Oysters. You either love them or hate them! Either way, a guided visit to an oyster farm in the lagoons is a fascinating experience that should be on any foodie’s itinerary. Learn about how these shellfish are grown, harvested and eaten.

After a delicious seafood lunch you’ll discover the salt flats from which the tastiest salt is harvested. It’s an eye-opener!

Day 3
Cookery course

Put all that local knowledge that you’ve acquired to good use in a cookery workshop with a local chef from Sète.

Accompany him to the indoor market where you’ll source the fresh local produce for the menu that will be set in advance.

You’ll learn more about regional produce as you create a fabulous lunch which you will enjoy accompanied by the best local wines.

Day 4
Montpellier

In the morning, your local guide will accompany you on a 1h private tour of a mansion in the center of Montpellier hosted by the aristocrat that owns it. Enjoy a glass of champagne on the rooftop and then lunch in a recommended restaurant in town.

In the afternoon, have a private guided gourmet walking tour of the bustling, vibrant town and sample such delights as the best local olive oils, fine foods, cheeses and of course wines from the area.

You’ll visit the central market and also an authentic coffee roastery before enjoying lunch at the guide’s recommended restaurant.

Day 5
Biscuits

Along with some local sightseeing today, why not visit a biscuit maker that makes the traditional Zézettes de Sète biscuits using a recipe that has been handed down through the generations.

Only the best, local, natural products are used in their biscuit production. You’ll be sure to buy packets to take home for family and friends!

Included

  • Your own personal hand-crafted itinerary
  • Accommodation including breakfast and other meals as agreed
  • Reservations for visits and restaurants as required
  • Local tourist information to ensure you get the most out of your holiday
  • Our personal attention and a dedicated phone number throughout your stay

Not Included

  • Flights and car hire
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunches unless specified
  • Evening meals and drinks unless specified



Trip Facts

  • Min 2 people
  • March-December
  • 5 days
  • Top quality guest houses or 3 to 4* hotels, the choice is yours