Bédarieux
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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.

 

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Places of interest

Pic de Tantajo 518 m – lookout with panoramic views and information table
Les Causses: limestone hills, dry stone walls and ancient shelters «capitelles»
Nature trail «la Boucle d'Orb» (brochure available at Maison du Tourisme)

Culture

House 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

Fairs on May 2nd (ham-fair) and on November 2nd   (chestnut-fair)
Monday: market day 
La Pastorale: Association of local producers  (at the “Maison de Pays”)

Activities:

Many activities all year round.
Bacchus festival (wine festival in August)
Floris: European Fair of the Mediterranean Flora (spring ) and Mushroom Fair (autumn)
National Pétanque championship (first week of August)

Sports

Sports centre “René Char”: stadium, tenniscourts, basketball, swimming pool and athletics sports field.
Dojo (centre for Asian martial arts)
Hikingtrails, bridle paths, mountainbike. Maps available at the Tourist Office.
Sports park with a climbing wall.
Aerodrome « Chemin de Boussagues »
Pétanque field « Place du jeu de boules »
Les fourmis géants du Rond point

Hôtel Central

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