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Languedoc-Roussillon is a sun-baked region in the south of France which encompasses an array of coastal towns and charming villages steeped in history. Bordered by the Mediterranean and enclosing the spectacular Thau Lagoon, this region offers a relaxing getaway with hostels in some of its most astounding locations. Carcassonne is an ancient walled city; its medieval fortress and fairy-tale turrets never fail to inspire a sense of awe. Montpellier, the region's animated and stylish capital, is home to the oldest medical school in Europe. The Roman city of Nîmes has immaculately preserved its ancient coliseum and temple, and the charming maritime city of Sète is an oasis surrounded by ocean and lagoon. Being the biggest wine producing region in the world, Languedoc-Roussillon is covered in vineyards. Sip on a glass of locally produced wine while dining on cassoulet - a blend of sausages, meats and beans - the region's delicious signature dish.