The sea, soil and the sun of the Languedoc provide an environment for delicious delicacies. Most of the Languedoc is covered with vineyards that produce beautiful wines, and you can always find a winery along the way where you can taste and discover new wines. If you would like to do a wine tour, you can contact us for more information.
Besides the endless vinyards you also see many olive trees in the Languedoc. The olive tree requires the long, hot and dry summers and gentle winters of the Languedoc climate. If you would like to taste olives and olive oils and learn more about them, the Coopérative "L'Oulibo" in Bize-Minervois is a great place to go. It is the only olive co-operative in the Aude department. Olives from across the region are pressed here, and sold in a large and well presented shop. Even though they produce a wide variety of olives, you have to try the Lucques olives, a variety only cultivated in the Languedoc. They’re large and fleshy, unlike any olive you've ever tasted. If you take the l'Oulibo tour, you will learn everything about olives and olive trees. The tour is followed by a tasting. The tour is also offered in English during the high season.
The Languedoc is the place to be for Oyster lovers. When you drive along the coast you will see many oyster beds. Oysters are farmed off the coast of Gruissan, Leucate and the town of Bouzigues. These oysters have firm flesh with a subtle taste, to be savoured with pleasure with a local wine. They are matured in quality water taken directly from the sea. You can enjoy the oysters and other seafood at many restaurants, but you can also buy them directly from the oyster farmers in Leucate at the " Centre Ostreicole" . One of our favorite restaurants for fresh seafood is the Salt Farm in Gruissan. At Maison Allène we also offer a Fruits the Mer with local oysters. If you do not like oysters, there is always other fresh seafood to be found in restaurants.
Mussels are also farmed off the coast and are also very popular.
The Sun and the Sea provide the perfect base for the salt from Saint Martin. The production of this salt is the result of a "salt marsh" technique, which dates back to Antiquity. Saint Martin's Saltern extends over 400 hectares right at the edge of the town of Gruissan. It is really nice to visit the salt farm and enjoy a lunch at the restaurant next door where you can eat fish baked in salt from the salt farm.
Delicacies of the Languedoc
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