The region ranges from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and goes inland to the department of Lozère. In the past, the flat plains of Languedoc-Roussillon were wet and infested with mosquitos and other insects. But since the beginning of the 20th century, the plains have been drained and money and effort have been invested in turning the region into a tourist-friendly and popular family destination.
Since the 1960s, the region has seen a drastic increase in tourism and expats settling down in the region. There is a modern wave flowing through the region and places such as Nîmes and Marseille are suddenly becoming popular travelling destinations for younger crowds looking for a cultured and relaxing holiday.
In response to the new demand, towns are cleaning up. More and more expats and enterprising locals are opening small businesses, restaurants and hotels in order to jump on the tourism bandwagon.