Wine and traveling, and traveling for wine are two of Languedoc-Roussillon's main attractions. The traveler will surely want to know about wine and the regions and routes to wineries. Here are some books that will guide you in that exploration.

- The South of France: Provence, Cote D'Azur and Languedoc-Rousillon by Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls.

- Drive around Languedoc and South West-France: Your guide to great drives by Gilian Thomas and John Harrison.

- French Wines: The Essential Guide to Wines ands Wine Growing Regions of France by Robert F. Joseph and Robert Joseph

- Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer's Tour of France by Kermit Lynch.  

- Languedoc-Rousillon: The Wines and Wine Makers by Paul Strang.

- The New France: A Complete Guide to Contemporary French Wine by Andrew Jefford.

For further information about the regions of wine, check out: www.wine-tours-france.com.

Another of the Languedoc's principal attractions is History and Mythology.  The book Jesus After the Crucifixion by Graham Simmons (2007) includes a wide-ranging account of the history of the region including

---early Christianity and the long held belief by many that Mary Magdalene arrived there after the crucifixion as well as the notion that Jesus survived and fled there as well

---the Cathars, a heretical sect which populated much of the area until they were exterminated by armies of the King of France and the Pope in the 13th century.  

---the secretive, powerful and rich Knights Templar who had a large base there until they, too, were eliminated by the King in the 14th century.

Authors Baigent, Lee, and Lincoln drew upon the area's history and such beliefs in formulating the bestseller Holy Blood Holy Grail, as did Brown in his bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code.  They also used the reputed discovery of ancient parchments or other treasure at the village of Rennes-le-Chateau that supposedly related to Jesus or to the Cathars or the Knights Templar.  The "discovery" at Rennes has been exposed as a 20th century hoax in The Treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau: A Mystery Solved by authors Putnam and Wood (2005).

-An excellent source of information on what's on where and when is http://languedoc.angloinfo.com