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The southernmost region of mainland France, Langeudoc-Roussillon is well-known for wine production, and also caters for some delicious nibbles to accompany any wine tasting you may take part in! Being so close to Spain, this region embraces Catalan influences and emphasises tapas and olive produce.
Start in Montpellier, and take a walk around the old town, l’Ecusson, where there are plenty of wine bars serving tasty platters of roasted vegetables, olive tapenades and local goats cheeses along with crunchy baguettes, seemingly impossible to replicate outside of France.
Narbonne, a town of 48,000, is about an hour’s drive southwest on the A9, and is a little more rustic. The covered market is open every day from 7am to 1pm, where you can feast at delicatessens with all the French foods you’d expect, plus regional culinary specialities. Marinated vegetables and barrels of olives and some local honeys are guaranteed to get your senses and appetite going.
The final stop on this delicatessen trail is Perpignan, which is also the last major town before your meet the Spanish border. Popular dishes here are smoked hams and rich sausages, and in winter this is the perfect place to try the popular dishes featuring wild boar. Similarly to the Aquitaine region, Confit de Canard is popular here too. For vegetarians, asparagus, wild mushrooms, apricots and other fruits are locally grown.
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