This diverse and authentic region is the rising star of southern France, encompassing areas of outstanding natural beauty from the Camargue to the Cevennes and onwards to the Pyrenees, bordered to the south by vast stretches of unspoilt and uncrowded sandy beaches – a rare sight on the Mediterranean coastline. Over the past 30 years, a new generation of winemakers have transformed its vineyards into the world’s leading producer of acclaimed organic wines – worthy rivals of the more traditional Bordeaux neighbours. Food connaisseurs and fines gueules are spoilt for choice year round. Channel the local ‘Art de Vivre’ as you savour your Bouzigues oysters with a glass of Picpoul de Pinet, seated at your usual table in the middle of that unique Foodie Paradise that is Les Halles de Sete – open 364 days a year and packed with produce so fresh it might bite you. If you need a change from seafood and sunshine, head north to Uzes for the winter Truffle Festival where you can try truffles with everything from dusk ’til dawn. The stunning medieval architecture of the Duché d’Uzès brings history to life before our very eyes and offers us a unique and privileged way to enjoy the rich culture of Occitania. Arts and culture are more than well served in this corner of France and one is never far from world class theatres, museums, galleries and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Toulouse, Montpellier and Perpignan are dynamic business centres and the area is exceptionally well served with first class road, rail and air travel hubs.