old stonehouses The Region Languedoc-Roussillon stretches across an area of over 27.800 km² (5 % of the surface of France) from the Mediterranean to the Massif Central (1800 m) and the Pyrenees (2700 m)

Unique scenery varying a lot with differences in altitudes, rock formations and flora. There are thousands of good reasons for looking forward to a diversified holiday in this wonderful area. 

Whatever you appreciate more, the manifoldness being the special richness of the area , seaside, mountains, vineyards, wooded hinterland... or 300 days of annual sunshine - just never forget to enjoy the local specialities.

It´s like paradise for the gourmet of wines, great wines like Faugères, Saint-Chinian, Pinet, Cabrières. The gourmet  can enjoy seafood from the Bassin of Thau and other local specialities like top quality olive oil, ham, honey and many more.The oysters from Bouzigues are world famous. Come and discover the culinary treasures of the hinterland.

360° Panorama Faugères
360° Panorama Saint-Chinian
360° Panorama Etang de Thau

Concert of Buena Vista Social Club at Béziers feria

360° Panorama beach Palavas-les-Flots
360° Panorama Cape d'Agde: Tequila Plage

Hérault, tourist paradise

The Hérault stretches from large costal plains in the west, bordering the Aude district, to the river Vidourle in the east, declining from the meager and mountainous plateau of the Larzac to the sunny beaches of the Mediterranean. The  «hauts cantons» in the north are sparsely populated and have a unique scenic charm. Many villages invite to share their vitality and offer attractions for everybody.  The south is the land of mountains, rivers and lakes. First to mention is lake Salagou with manifold shores, ten minutes from Pézènes. The bigger towns are in the costal area. Many well known sandy beaches seam the coast of the Mediterranean. 

Nature is generous and of great variety, especially in the natural parks, the Hérault gorges and the numerous lakes and rivers. Depending on the time of the year the landscape glows with intense colours of red sandstone, whin or autumnal wine. Great panoramic views.

A consideral number of cultural events can be found in the  Hérault. Traditional celebrations as well as numerous dancing-and theatre events liven the towns and historic villages up, not only in the summer. Lots of reasons for the visitor to celebrate with locals and to enjoy life to the fullest.

 

Unique attractions are waiting :

Lake Salagou (Lac du Salagou)
A real storage lake with  125 Million cubic meters of freshwater! The Lake offers a variety of watersports such as swimming, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, no motor-boats ...  The colours are very intense, red rocks in contrary to green flora, yellow whinflowers and the intense blue of sky and water. 
360° Panorama Lake Salagou
Limestone formations of Mourèze (Cirque de Mourèze)
The most famous dolomite formations in Europe, beautiful scenery, which can easily be discovered and climbed. Kids love it. 
Larzac-Plateau
The name  "Larzac", stands for effective resistance of ordinary  people who stood up against damage and distruction of this maegre district in a tough and long-lasting campaign and  prevented a military base. The campaign for Larzac is symbol of other resistance movements like the movement against the negative results of globalisation. Today the area is a home for sheep who provide the raw product for the famous Roquefort cheese which maturates in natural caves. The newest attraction is the new viaduct near Millau, leading over the Tarn valley. 
Medieval Village  La Couvertoirade
In the heart of Larzac this medieval unit proofs evidence of the order of knighthood  (Templer, Hospitalier) at times of the crusades in the south of France. 
The Canyon of Navacelles (Cirque de Navacelles)
A naturally developped canyon being one of the most grandiose and spectacular canyons in Europe. Over the centuries the little river Vis, which flows into the Hérault, washed this canyon out. The village of Navacelles lies at the bottom of the canyon, framed by the Vis. 
Roquefort Caves
The delicious specialty of sheeps cheese matures here in the crevices of Combalou, which has been used for this purpose for many centuries. The famous Roquefort, a very hearty blue mold cheese.  
Abbey of  St Michel de Grandmont
The only Abbey in the area with a completely conserved cloister. 
Stalactite Cave of Clamouse, Démoiselles, Labeil and others
Discover the unique world underground. The Hérault valley is rich in superb and manifold stalactite caves. Some of them are amongst the best caves in the world. 
Saint Guilhelm le Désert, canyons and valleys of Hérault
A picturesque village near Montpellier in extraordinary heathland with various canyons and stalactite caves. Founded in the times of Charlemagne is it now among the nicest villages in France.  The Hérault offers many nice spots for swimming such as  the Devil´s Bridge near the Clamouse Cave  which is very adventurous and from where the brave ones jump down into the river. 
Sète and the beaches of the Mediterranean 
The town of Sête  has got two famous sons: the poet Paul Valérie who rests on the cemetary on the coast  (cimetière marin) while the famous singer Georges Brassens rests on the Py cemetary, situated on the Etang. Discover the mediterranean port the vibrant town, the beaches at the Corniche and the seaside, the hinterland and the vineyards. Balaruc, Bouzigues and Frontignan provide culinary specialties. Seafood and wine are the basis of many excellent dishes that should be tried. The Etang of Thau is semi-enclosed water, directly at the seaside. 
Virtual walks in Sète with  360° Panorama
The Canal du Midi
Phantastic architecture. Connecting  the Mediterranean with the Atlantic Ocean is an idea that dates back to the ancient world but was carried out much later. The Canal du Midi offers new acces to this historically rich area. Paradise for the leisure skipper. The Canal du Midi has been declared World Heritage Site by the Unesco. 
Circulades: Saint-Jean de Fos and other round villages 
The round villages were built around the year 1000. A circular historic center that developed around the roman  "castrum", best views from above.
Pézenas, Molière-town
Pézenas vividly commemorates Molière, the classical comedian,  forming the cultural life of the town. With his company of actors Molière spent several years in this  town. Very charming little town with numerous courtyards from the Renaissance. Only a few kilometers from the beaches. A classical cultural walk. 
360° Panorama Pezenas: Prieuré de Saint Jean de Bébian

National Park Haut Languedoc
The Park is a true mosaic of manifold landscapes.  The Caroux-mountains, the Montagne Noire, the Lacaune- and  Orb-mountains, the lake plateau of  Sidobre, vineyards and valleys. Since prehistoric times the mountains and caves offered  retreat for the humans. For thousands of years they lived on the rich flora and fauna of this mountaineous area.

 

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