Bédarieux, the heart of Hérault
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|Welcome to Bédarieux:
Gateway to the national park of the Upper-Languedoc!
Capital of the district and town of 6000 inhabitants,at the centre of the
upper Orb-valley. The district covers a large area with approximately
25,000 inhabitants. Bédarieux is a special place between the sea
and the mountains.
The site was once occupied
by Roman settlers but Bédarieux was founded in the Middle Ages. In the
12th century monks were the town's masters and had a city wall built.In
1364 the English captured the town but were soon evicted. During the
Reformation Bédarieux became protestant. The Duke of Montmorency captured
the town in 1622. In the following period Bédarieux turned to linen
weaving and tannery. In the 19th century the coal mines of Bousquet d'Orb
and Graissessac brought moderate wealth to the area. They were exploited
until the 1960s. Bédarieux has numerous leisure facilities including
public swimming pool and tennis courts, camping and an art exhibition hall
that helps make every stay enjoyable.
Discover a dynamic town
with a rich history, regional specialties, gastronomy, places of interest,
arts & crafts, and sports
and cultural events and tourist facilities.
Places of interest
de Tantajo 518 m – lookout with panoramic views and information table
Les Causses: limestone hills, dry stone walls and ancient shelters
Nature trail «la Boucle d'Orb» (brochure available at Maison du
of Arts: exhibition on the writer Ferdinand Fabre and the painter P. A. Cot,
as well as exhibitions of contemporary artists, geology and the
regional animal world .
Mediatheque Max Rouquette: open to the public; includes 9 rooms for
readers, computer access and music library.
St. Raphaël-chapel : free entrance form the Campotel
The «Perspective». A fortress from the 18th century,
which was supposed to protect the town from the flooding of the river Orb
The viaduct: the first railway line from Graissesac to Béziers
crossed the Orb-valley. ThIS spectacular line has 37 viaducts altogether.
Markets and Fairs
on May 2nd (ham-fair) and on November 2nd
Monday: market day
La Pastorale: Association of local producers (at the “Maison de
activities all year round.
Bacchus festival (wine festival in August)
Floris: European Fair of the Mediterranean Flora (spring ) and Mushroom
National Pétanque championship (first week of August)
Sports centre “René
stadium, tenniscourts, basketball, swimming pool and athletics sports
Dojo (centre for Asian martial arts)
Hikingtrails, bridle paths, mountainbike. Maps available at the
Sports park with a climbing wall.
Aerodrome « Chemin de Boussagues »
Pétanque field « Place du jeu de boules »