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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843532441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843532446
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A good guidebook is essential - try the RG to Languedoc & Roussillon (Bella Magazine) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Born in Montreal, Canada in 1966; since 1985 juggled university, travel and living abroad: motorbike despatch rider and squatter in London, hotel and coffee shop runner in Amsterdam, tree-planter in Northern Canada, and extensive travel in North Africa, Europe, Canada, US, Latin America, Asia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Oct 2001
Format: Paperback
I used this guide when driving around this area of France this summer and found that not only did it provide accurate factual information, but that it also captured the atmosphere of the area. It covers individual towns and villages in sufficient detail that you do not need to get individual guides, and the coverage ranges from describing the architectural features of a building to where you can go white water rafting.
I went to several of the hotels and restaurants mentioned in the guide and these had been accurately described and the prices in the guide were up-to-date.
The guide has a very helpful section on local food and wine, so that you can understand exactly what the regional specialities are before you order them.
I do however have one criticism: I did not find the maps of the city centres easy to follow.
If you are driving around this area, the green Michelin guide is also very informative and suggests lots of good routes along country roads.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Garner on 1 Feb 2012
Format: Paperback
The guidebook concentrates on the southern portion of Languedoc-Roussillon region and along the coast. It misses completely the northern part of the Gard department and all of Lozere. As I bought it for a trip to the region above Nimes it is only of limited use. Very disappointing that the full region is not covered, and frankly misleading.

The info about the areas that are covered is very good... as usual with these guides. Still miffed though!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct 2004
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One of the enjoyments of any holiday for me is buying the guide books in advance and reading them in bed last thing at night for at least the month before going away! Being restricted by weight considerations (flying) to how many I could take with me on holiday with me this summer, after much reading I ended up taking the Rough Guides to (1) the Dordogne and the Lot and (2) Languedoc and Rousillon.
They were both very helpful and the highlight was undoubtedly reading the section on Montsegur and its lost treasures to my companions as we surveyed the "pog" and fortifications on a pleasant Sunday evening with no tourists! Well worth the detour - although we decided we weren't upto the climb to the top.
However, I did search for two restuarants - one in Carcassone and one in Lautrec - which could not be found. I came to the conclusion that they may have closed or changed owners/names - or the directions needed to be improved.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Humpty Dumpty on 6 July 2008
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This is easily the most feeble of all the many Rough Guides I have used while abroad. If the author did all the research and writing on his own, than that's a mistake which shows. He's clearly uninterested in art (viz. cursory descriptions of Musee Fabre in Montpellier and Musee Goya at Castres), so someone who is interested should have been employed to help him out.

There are glaring omissions - the rural area around the Herault Valley is fascinating and offers lots of walking possibilities, and there should have been clear advice on where the best beaches are on the Languedoc Coast in the Montpellier-Narbonne-Beziers sector; Catlos more or less dismisses this whole littoral, which is wrong, as there are a few nice, uncrowded places among the dross, and that's just the kind of thing that a Rough Guide should know about and pass on.

I also think it's pretty unhelpful, re accommodation, to say: "you could try the Hotel Moderne at x village" without any comment at all on its merits or prices.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pikeperch on 7 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
A decent modern guide to the area but a little shallow with a lot of space devoted to eating, shopping and accommodation. If you have less interest in these the Lonely Planet opinions of that stuff (it is by no means comprehensive, it's only a relatively small book, and maybe you already have your own ideas or knowledge) or want more in-depth historical information or references to the more obscure towns then perhaps get the Michelin Green Guide. Ideally get both as between the two you'll get a broader perspective on the region.

The regional and town maps are small, fairly dull in monochrome ink and lack many street names but layout is pretty logical generally. Some nice colour pics but their choice seems very subjective and their placement in separate sections makes them feel like a bit of a sideshow rather than a genuine reinforcement to the text. Cheaper to produce that way, of course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janusz Knepil on 5 Oct 2011
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We have just returned from the area. This book was invaluable in guiding our self-drive tours of the area. It was particularly accurate in its descriptions of Carcassonne, Foix, Mirepoix, St Cyprien, Coullioure and Perpignan. The book was an absolute essential and of the right size to fit into a trouser pocket. The maps of the major towns helped a lot as well though perhaps a little more advice on parking might have been useful. Despite this, definitely recommended as a purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Johns on 23 Jun 2011
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Unlike nearby Provence the Languedoc region has not been very well served by guidebooks. it is often tagged on to the end of other books about the South of France. But this latest edition of a mass market guide series is reliable for a drive round the region. And a bit further afield as well. It does more than well enough to serve the first time visitor taking in the main sites, and is fine if you are visiting Languedoc as part of a general European holiday as well. Maps are useful too. and the reputation of the series is safe with this book.
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