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Languedoc-Roussillon is one of 26 regions in France.
Languedoc-Roussillon is located in the south of France on the Mediterranean sea. It borders the French regions of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Rhône-Alpes, Auvergne, Midi-Pyrénées and the countries of Spain and Andorra. Its departments are Lozère, Gard, Hérault, Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales.
The average annual temperature in Montpellier 14 °C, with an average temperature range of 16.5 °C. The warmest month is July averaging average 29 °C. The lowest temperature is in January, averaging 1 °C at night. The city receives an average of 709 mm precipitation a year, and the driest month is July when an average of 20 mm is recorded. The wettest month is September with around 100 mm. Most of the annual differences are for other cities in the region as well, though temperatures and precipitation might vary, depending on location (coast or inland) and elevation.
Local transport is good, clean and inexpensive and all villages have regular services, but – and this is very important – bus services are not always very frequent and to explore all this large region car is best – cycling is very popular and the empty roads and byways make a bicycle ride a delightful way of discovering the Sud de France.
Car rental can be more expensive than many other countries – it is usually best to do any rental deals before you leave, a last minute rental from an airport will be top price – most car rental companies now block up to 1,000 euro on a credit card and do not accept cash.
The best way to travel any distance in France is by rail. The TGV trains are reliable, comfortable and very reasonably priced. From Paris to the South is quicker by rail than by air.
There is only one rail company SNCF – their website can be confusing, but booking and printing tickets online is not difficult. If you click on the English flag on their site it takes you to the European TGV page which is different from the main SNCF service.
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