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See also Things to See in the Languedoc where you can find out about visiting cities of historical and architectural interest, market towns and other towns, villages and bastides; Fortified and grand buildings of specifically the so-called "Cathar Castles" and other Châteaux; Religious buildings: cathedrals, churches, and other ecclesiastical buildings; Aspects of nature including: the Languedoc Coast, wildlife (other than just spotting it), and springs, spas and grottoes

Languedoc and Midi Sports & Games

Tambornet. The "tambornet" of Languedoc is an ancestor of real tennis and hence lawn tennis, in which the players use a kind of tambourine. It represents an intermediate form of the game later than using the palm of the hand (as in Eton Fives) and earlier than a specially designed a raquet (as in real tennis and its many derivatives).

Rugby. Although not of Occitan origin, has proved very popular in this area, both in its orthodox version (Union with XV players ) and the so-called heretical version (League wth XIII players).

Quilhas de U èch. A form of skittles popular the Aveyronin and originally from Bearn. It differs from more conventional skittles or nine-pin bowls in the size of the court. Players throw a ball at one skittle at very close range with the intention of cannoning both ball and skittle into other skittles. The skittles weigh a couple of kilos each but the ball weighs 5 or 6 and is made of solid walnut wood. The game was brought to Paris in the early Twentieth century by a group of immigrants from the Aveyron. The game is popular in the Rouergue. Summer championships attract thousands of spectators. More info at and

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The present Languedoc represents the southern half of the area covered by the ancient Roman's first province outside Italy. The northern part is now called Provence. Provence and the Languedoc still share a common culture, markedly different from that of Northern France. For more on Provence and Provençal sport and cultural activities, click on the following link to open a new window to Beyond the French Riviera


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