Travel: LONGING FOR LANGUEDOC; It's Now Easy - and Cheap - to Travel to the South of France for a Fantastic Family Holiday

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Byline: By Keith McLeod

THINK of the south of France and what images are conjured up?

Superb weather? Oui. A TV chef rasping away about the seafood? Oui. Terrific scenery? Correct.

Too long a drive from Scotland and too expensive? Er non, actually.

Now there are direct, low-fare flights from Glasgow Prestwick to Marseille.

Or fly from Edinburgh to Nice, hire a car, and drive west along the beautiful south coast.

At the Keycamp Mediterranean Holiday Village at Vias Plage in Languedoc, you'll find terrific long sandy beaches and superb shallow water.

But that's only the beginning. Club Farret at Vias Plage offers all you'll need for a fun-packed, unforgettable, affordable family holiday.

There's a terrific selection of mobile homes, all with ultramodern layout and facilities.

A typical three-bedroom mobile home sleeps up to eight people, ideal for the extended family and a great way to split costs. The mobile homes have showers, comfortable beds, great cooking facilities and outdoor treats like a barbecue and dining area as standard. There is also a dining area inside, breakfast bar and fully fitted kitchen.

Oui, this is a holiday the way holidays were meant to be. But wait... there's more, much more.

Add to the above a superb child-friendly environment. That means cars going at a snail's pace, and wall-to-wall pedestrians are able to amble by at their own pace wearing beach gear.

A hire car is great if you want to get out and about. Nearby is the picturesque seaport of Sete.

It's like a smaller Venice and nothing like as pricey.

Parking is easy and right in the town centre. It is also in the centre where you'll find restaurants, bistros, canals and renaissancestyle architecture. Or how about Cap d'Agde, just a 10-minute drive from Vias Plage and crammed full of restaurants, shops and boating activities?

Artists vie for place along the front with stallholders and it's worthwhile haggling over the cost.

But the thing about Keycamp at Vias Plage is you never really need to leave, even for a day. …