The beaches along the coast of Languedoc are among the best in France, soft, safe and sandy, unlike the harsh pebbles and crowded stones of the French Riviera.
Inland there are literally hundreds of breathtaking places to visit, caves, mountains, white-water, complete Roman buildings and temples – the list will cover many pages.
We will be adding many new pages of information and downloadable leaflets to this website, but for now here are some notes made a few years ago about just a few of the places well worth visiting.
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Group visits : April to September (reserve via Tourist Office). Individuals : guides are available at the Fort from June 15th to mid September. Entrance and guided tour :. Ferry from Cap d’Agde or Grau d’Agde. Ferry fare does not include entrance to the Fort.
Every Wednesday from April to October a day cruise leaves Agde for Marseillan : discover Agde from Herault river, pass through circular locks (unique in the world) to reach then cruise down Canal du Midi to Onglous. The boat crosses the Thau Lagoon to Marseillan, passing by oyster farms. You may have lunch on board or take your own picnic.
Around Thau Lagoon
Cave de l’Ormarine, tel. 04 67 77 03 10
Domaine Gaujal (Ludovic Gaujal), tel. 04 67 77 02 12, fax 04 67 77 76 94.
Chateau de Pinet (Simone Arnaud), tel. 04 67 77 00 39, fax 04 67 32 16 39
Domaine Petit Roubié (Olivier Azan), tel. 04 67 77 09 28, fax : 04 67 77 76 26.
Allow 1 ½ hrs. to visit this unusual and interesting site where new technologies are developed to protect marine environment and research aqua-culture. Open all year round : from September to June 2-6pm (last visit at 4:30pm) ; July and August 10am-7:30pm (last visit at 6pm).
Shut on Saturdays from November 15th to February 15th. Tel. 04 67 46 64 94. Fax 04 67 43 56 13.
This locally interesting museum displays the skills of "sea farmers" and fishermen, from latest communication technology to time-old traditional fishing methods. All you could want to know about oyster farming : a typical "mas" or oyster farm dating back to the 1950s, information on labelling, shipping, hygiene checks on contemporary production of seafood. There is also a fisherman’s shop, various model boats, and an aquarium.
Open from June to September 10-12am and 2-7pm ; November to February 10-12am and 2-5pm ; October, March, April and May 10-12am and 2-6pm.
Tel. 04 67 79 33 57, fax : 04 67 78 32 10.
- Guided Tours of
Sète Tourist Office (tel. 04 67 74 71 71) organises guided tours of Sète, a town that is almost an island, with impressive Mont Saint Clair hill and picturesque canals. A large port with a decidedly Mediterranean atmosphere. Take the little train around the town centre from Quai Général Durand opposite tourist office (tel. 04 67 51 27 37). Guided tours of tourist attractions in the town in April, May, October, November on Sundays, public and school holidays 2:30-5:30pm ; June –September : every day 2:30-5:30pm.
Other attractions and activities : Espace Brassens, Paul Valéry museum, Fortant de France, regional contemporary art centre, boat trips.
Contact tourist office at Laurens town hall – tel. 04 67 23 03 59, fax 04 67 90 11 06. There are also many other producers of Faugères wines.
Foundry : discover the magic of smelting work and listen to the history of the firm established in the 17th-century. Tel. 04 67 95 07 96.
Guided tours Mondays to Saturdays in July and August from 10-12am and 2-8 pm. Reserve in advance for out-of-season visits.
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- St. Pierre de Rhèdes Priory
In and around Béziers
–Musée des Beaux-Arts (fine art museum) tél. 04 67 28 38 78
–Hôtel Fabregat, pl. de la Révolution ; 9-12am and 2-6pm, every day except Sunday mornings and Mondays. (use same ticket for Hôtel Fayet)
–Hôtel Fayet, 9, rue du Capus ; 9-12am and 2-6pm, Tuesdays to Fridays. Normal price : 15 FF, reduced fare ; 10 FF (use same ticket for Hôtel Fabregat)
–Musée du Biterrois, Rampe du 96ème ; tel. 04 67 36 71 01. Open in winter 9-12am and 2-6pm ; in summer : 9am-7pm. Shut on Mondays.
– TheCanal du Midi goes through Béziers– Visit the impressive 9 locks at Fonserannes near the main road towards Narbonne.
Oppidum and archaeological museum. The museum is open every day except Jan. 1st, May 1st, Nov. 11th and Dec. 25th. October-March – 10-12am and 2-4pm (until 5pm on Sundays) ; April, May and September 10-12am and 2-6pm ; June-August 9:30am-7pm. Allow 1 hour to visit the museum + 15 min. video.
Tel. 04 67 37 01 23.
The site of Ensérune is open every day. Reserve in advance for group visits or guided tours.
Open every day from April 1st to September 30th 10am-8pm ; October 1st – March 31st open on Wednesdays, Saturdays Sundays, public and school holidays from 10am-7pm. December and January : Sundays and school holidays 1:30-5pm. Shut on December 25th and January 1st. Tel. 04 67 89 54 14. Guided tours may be reserved for groups.
Open every day from February 16th-June 30th from 9-12am, and 1:30-5:30pm ; July and August 9am-7pm ; September 1st-November 14th from 9-12am and 1:30-5:30pm. This garden is particularly worth visiting end February, early March when the mimosa in flower is absolutely beautiful.
Price until April 30th : adults 20 FF ; children (6-15 yrs) 10 FF. Groups of at least 20 people : 16 FF per person (free for group leader). Guided tours for groups of at least 20 : 25 FF per person (reserve in advance).
For information, tel. 04 67 89 55 29. Allow 30 minutes for visit or 1 hour with a guide. It is recommended to wear good walking shoes.
Low season : 10am-5pm ; June-September 10am-6pm ; July-August 10am-7pm ; November-January 12am-5pm.
Tel. 04 67 57 71 05, fax 04 67 57 78 00.
Price : adults 43 FF ; children (6-12 yrs.) 21 FF ; students and groups of at least 10 adults : 31 FF.
Allow 50-60 min. for the visit.
- Guided tours of
Visit the village on foot : towers, mills, craftwork potteries. A historian organises guided tours of the village, abbey and museum – in English, German, Italian and Spanish. Tel. to reserve : 04 67 57 42 44.
From 1st June to September 30th 2-6pm. Out of season, theme or group visits, by appointment. Tourist Office : tel. 04 67 57 44 43.
Tel. 04 67 78 06 09, fax 04 67 78 02 50.