Explore romantic vineyards, art galleries and ancient abbeys. Cathar castles and the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc…
THE SOUTH OF FRANCE “ART DE VIVRE”
Stroll around in perfumed market alleys steeped in history, enjoy the refined savours of local cuisine, and immerse yourself in local lifestyle. The historical towns of Agde and Béziers offer rich architecture, characterised by myriad winding streets, superb view points, restaurants and many small shops offering local arts and crafts.
The ruins of the first Greek merchant colonies in Agde go back to 7th-century AD. Agde’s “evil twin”, Cap d’Agde, is just a short drive away. Here, reveal Europe’s largest naturist resort, as well as a host of (clothed) sandy beaches, straw-thatched beach bars and restaurants, shops, clubs and anything else that tickles your fancy!
The Languedoc abounds with priceless treasures. Stretching inland along 250 kilometers of sea frontage between Spain and the French Riviera, strewn with vineyards and castles, the area enjoys an ideal climate. Visit the charming ports of Sète, Bouzigues, Grau-du-Roi and Côte Vermeille.
Take your time… discover a place where the rhythm of life has remained unchanged for centuries.
We are delighted to share with you our love for the region. We are able to give you a lot of advice on excursions, visits and walks from Port Rive Gauche.
Find below some suggestions but do not hesitate to ask for advice on organising your trips :
A Walk in Pézenas (17 km, 21 minutes)
Pézenas is a “must to visit” town in Languedoc Roussillon. It features a multitude of “hôtels particuliers” (town houses/mansions) each vying to be more elaborate than the next and all magnificently restored.
It would be impossible to enumerate all of the wonders of this town which gives itself to visitors slowly and surely and only to those who are seduced by its charm and rich heritage.
The back streets of Pézenas are home to a number of shops and market stall traders. The specialties of the town are jam, boiled sweets and “petits pâtés”. If you decide to go to Pézenas on Saturday morning, you can also go to the weekly market.
Swimming and Lunch in Bouzigues (20 km, 20 minutes)
We suggest that you go for a swim on the beach of Bouzigues firstly because there are less people than on the other beaches and also because the lake is always a few degrees warmer than the sea.
Sète: Strolling in the town, then a dinner on “La Corniche” (22 km, 27 minutes)
Sète is first and foremost a port. A fishing port in the centre, a commercial port and tourist port to the east, its landscape is dotted with cranes, boats – from the smallest to the largest – and warehouses and docks. The quays are lined with fishing nets, boxes of fish and trawlers. Sète is a little jewel between the sea and the lake. It is worth having a walk around the town, strolling along the canals to discover the various unique and authentic parts of town.
A Day in Montpellier (46 km, 40 minutes)
Here is a town which has made people talk about it since the 1980s. In a state of constant evolution, it has passed from the 25th largest town in France to the 8th. It attracts a youthful population made up not only of students but also executives and civil servants all looking for a better quality of life.
Saint Guilhem Le Désert (62 km, 52 minutes)
A must-see destination that poets have called the “Jewel of Occitania”, and “valley inspired by Languedoc”, or even “high point of France”, this medieval town was founded in 804AD by Guilhem, Duke of Aquitaine. There are still remains of the old monastery of Gellone; an abbey in the centre of the village which is now a modern tourist hot spot.
La Grotte de Clamouse (60 km, 50 minutes)
2 km downstream from Guilhem le Désert, the Grotte de Clamouse (cave) is a real underground wonder due to the abundance and variety of its rock and crystal formations. In shades of reds and browns, the long thin stalactites and stalagmites, anthodites (or crystal cave flowers) forming bizarre calcites of swirling curves, and vast “halls” provide a vision of a universe like no other where hidden depths, shapes and colours join together in harmony. This mineral museum features two galleries linked by passages. The visit can be enriched by computer lighting effects and music leaving the visitor with an unforgettable vision of this strange world. The viewing point from the platform above the caves is superb.
La grotte de Clamouse – 04 67 57 71 05
La grotte Des Demoiselles (81 km, 1heure 15)
These mysterious caverns used to strike fear into the hearts of the local peasants and served as a refuge to Protestants during the French Wars of Religion and non-juring priests during the French revolution. La grotte des Demoiselles à Saint Bauzille de Putois - access by funicular - 04 67 73 70 02
Le Cirque de Navacelle (84 km, 1heure)
Tucked away upstream from the “Gorges de la Vis” and 6 km from Saint-Maurice-Navacelle lies a pure natural wonder, the Cirque de Navacelle; a dried-out oxbow lake, dug deep into the limestone by a land collapse and an ancient meander in the river, now forming a depression in the earth of more than 300 meters. The feelings that this grandiose place inspires are beyond words, creating an extraordinary mix of aesthetic beauty and dizziness for visitors.
Le Festival de Thau
Every year we invite you to discover a key event: The Festival de Thau. You will enjoy world music and animations about sustainable development.