The French dual region comprises the four departments of Aude, Gard, Hérault and Lozère (Languedoc), as well as Pyrénées-Orientales (Roussillon), which lie along a length of 200 kilometres on the Mediterranean coast. It is also the common name for the two wine-growing regions of Languedoc and Roussillon. On 1 January 2016, the region was merged with the neighbouring region of Midi-Pyrénées to form the political region of Occitanie - Pyrénées-Méditerranée. The area extends in the shape of an amphitheatre in a semicircle from Nimes in the east to the edge of the Pyrenees on the Spanish border. A number of wine routes also pass through the vast area, these being Via Domitia (the first Roman road in Gaul), the Canal du Midi (linking Toulouse with the Mediterranean at Sète) and the Way of Saint James which runs through the dual region.
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