Founded over 2,500 years ago by the Phocaeans, Agde is know for its beautiful basalt monuments. Although the resort town, Cap d’Agde, attracts the most tourists, the city of Agde has much to offer if you are looking for something other than laying on the beach and swimming in the Mediterranean. Take the time to explore, especially since the old city is only a 10-minute walk from Les Champs Blancs.
Just walking through the historical center of this Occitan city of barely 28,000 inhabitants, you will see its architectural importance. The city of Agde is dotted with very well-preserved religious buildings, some of which are historical monuments, including Saint-Etienne cathedral, Saint-Sever church, Saint-André church, Notre-Dame-du-Grau church, and the Agenouillade chapel.
The wharves of the Hérault are great for a walk with the family after an activity on the water, especially at night during the summer.
Agde’s cultural heritage also includes residences built between the 17th and 18th centuries, such as the Malaval hotel and the old bishops’ palace. The squares are decorated with beautiful fountains: Napoleon fountain, République fountain and Belle Agathoise near the Esplanade…
As for nature, the Canal du Midi is an idyllic place to walk or bike through the countryside in the shade of the plane trees. There are several parks and gardens in the city, as well as the Bagnas nature reserve at the edge of the Lake of Thau.
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