One of the things that attracted us to this area was its varied landscape - from mountain to coast, from canal to vineyard, from modern marina to Roman ampitheatre.
You can be kayaking down the river Orb in the morning and surveying the majesty of the hill-top Cathar castles in the afternoon.
The most extreme example of this diversity is the newly built, spectacular Millau viaduct, now the tallest bridge in the world, and the impressive Roman aqueduct the Pont du Gard, near Nimes.
The region therefore offers visitors a wide choice of activities:
Beaches - our favourite is Portiragnes
River swimming - Reals, Gorges de Colombieres
Kayaking - Cessanon, Roquebrun
Wine-tasting - everywhere!
Markets - Pezenas (Saturday am), St Chinian (Sunday am)
Horse-riding - Autignac
Karting - Laurens
Golf - Lamalou, Beziers
Restaurants - everywhere!
Seafood - Bassin de Thau
Marina - Cap D'Agde
Boat trip - Canal du Midi (right)
Cathar castles - Queribus, Peyrepertuse
Roman history - Pont du Gard, Nimes
Walking - Gorges d'Heric
Dinosaurs and fossils - Meze, Cruzy, Lodeve
Lake - Salagou
Cheese-tasting - Roquefort caves
Local festivals - Beziers Feria
Cycling - Canal du Midi
Birdwatching - Minerve
Adventure parks - Portiragnes, Beziers
Fun fairs - Cap d'Agde, Vias
Art galleries - Serignan, Lodeve, Montpellier, Sete
Caves - St Guilhem-le-Desert