05/19/2012 08:41 am ET Updated Jul 19, 2012

5 Great Destinations In The South Of France (That Aren't Provence Or The Riviera)

When you hear someone is planning a trip to the South of France, chances are good you're imagining one of two things: the turquoise waters along the French Riviera or the lavender fields of Provence. These are both lovely images and lovely places, absolutely ideal to serve as travel inspiration. That said, there's much more to the southern part of the country, including a region well-known (and highly regarded) by the French, the Languedoc-Roussillon.

The Languedoc, just to the west of Provence, is full of the kinds of picturesque villages visitors to France dream about. The region stretches all the way to the Mediterranean so you can get some beach time in, too. What makes it even more idyllic for travelers is that the region is far less popular as a tourist destination.

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