About the area

Clearly this depends on taste and interests but a number of suggestions are listed below ;

1. Beaches.The nearest is Valras Plage near Béziers but we prefer Narbonne Plage. The 15 kilometre stretch of sand between Sète and Agde is the best but is further to drive.
2. Sète is an attractive seaport town, with an excellent range of seafood restaurants along the waterfront. Market Wednesday morning.
3. Montpellier is quite a large city, attractively set out, with a wide range of shops and places of historical interest, including a spectacular aqueduct. Large antique market on Sunday morning.
4. Béziers town is dominated by the cathedral. A climb to the top of the bell tower is well worth the effort, the view is superb. Flower market on Friday morning.
5. The Hérault Gorge, north of Gignac is quite dramatic. The Grotte de Clamouse puts Cheddar to shame and is well worth the entry fee.
6. North-east of Clermont l’ Hérault is the Lac du Salagou, set in an area of volcanic rocks. Just south of the lake is the Cirque de Mourèze, with its amazing Dolomitic limestone, weathered into weird and spectacularly shaped columns.
7. Drive along the Orb valley to Roquebrun and Vieussan, beautiful villages in a spectacular setting.
8. Drive to the hamlet of Douch, north of Mont Caroux and then walk to the ‘table d’ orientation’, where you will have views of the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean on a clear day. Below Mont Caroux walk up the deeply incised Gorges d’ Heric.
9. It is well worth a drive through the Parc Régional du Haut Languedoc to the north of St.Pons.
10. Castres is a very nice town. Nearby is the wooded area known as Sidobre with its strange shaped granite boulders.
11. The beautiful villages of Minervois, including Minerve itself, are found to the west of Bouldoux. Explore the ‘ponts naturels’ below the village.
12. Near Béziers. Visit the l’Etang de Montardy and l’Oppidum d’Ensurune.The lake was drained in the 12th. century. Evidence of early settlement is to be found across the hilltop. On the south-western edge of the town look for the Ecluses de Fonséranes. These locks are usually quite busy at the weekend during the summer months.
13. Visit any stretch of the Canal du Midi and walk along the tree-lined banks of the canal.

A little further away (up to three hours).

15. Take the N116 up into the Pyrenees.
16. Take the N9 or A9 towards Perpignan and the Côte Vermeille. Come off the motorway at the junction just south of Perpignan and follow the signs for Elne (worth a visit). Begin to experience the Spanish influences and the Catalan language. Head into the hills behind Banyuls and Port Vendres for some superb views.
17. Figueras and the Salvador Dalí museum is only 2 hours away, via the A9.
Have some euros ready, you also have to pay on the Spanish motorways! If you make it a long day you can also visit the northern Costa Brava coast which is
very beautiful, nothing like its southern counterpart.
18. The incredible fortified town of Carcassonne looks more like a film set than a real town!
19. The Larzac Plateau, to the north-east, displays typical dry limestone scenery. Do try to reach the Cirque de Narvacelles in the spectacular Vis gorge.
20. Roquefort with its famous cheese caves (free entry) is not to far away.
21. There are two books of walks in the area, several of which we have completed and added comments. You often have some wonderful panoramic views. We have found the suggested times to be almost spot on and we walk at a reasonable pace.
22. South of Narbonne and to the east of the N9 there is an interesting area of salt water etangs with some superb bird watching potential including flamingoes. Start by visiting the old ‘salins’ at Peyriac de mer and walk around the first on on the elevated wooden walkways. Then take the scenic route northwards back to the village of Bages stopping to bird watch and flower spot on the way. Take a walk around the village of Bages.
23. Go for an evening meal at Narbonne’s leisure centre, Espace Liberte. Heading into Narbonne on the N9 it is just as all the out of town shopping area comes to an end, just over a railway bridge.

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