Discover the Hérault
- The Hérault département: Hérault is one of the thirteen départements of the Occitanie region, and takes its name from the coastal river that flows through it. The inhabitants are Héraultais. Its prefecture is Montpellier.
The community covers an area of 6,224 km2 and in 2017 was home to almost 1,145,000 Hérault residents. The department’s prefecture is Montpellier, with the sub-prefectures of Béziers and Lodève. Hérault comprises 25 cantons, 16 intercommunalités and 342 communes.
- Climate and environment: The department is also renowned for its Mediterranean climate.
- Geography: At its highest point from the north, the Hérault extends into the Massif Central, with parts of the Lacaune, Caroux and Espinouse ranges and the southern Cévennes. The territory gradually descends in altitude with hills and garrigues, then urban and agricultural plains, and finally the coastline.
Things to discover near the campsite
A popular family destination , Cap d’Agde is appreciated for its unspoilt environment and the many water sports available to holidaymakers. They can also discover numerous natural sites such as the beaches and forests of the Tamarissière site or the ponds of the Bagnas nature reserve.
It’s a beautiful Mediterranean destination for lovers and families alike. The town is famous for its sea and lagoons, its cycling trails and its local wines. It also owes its appeal to the jewels in its crown historical and cultural heritageFrom historic alleyways and old houses with colorful facades, to the Porte de Saint-Thibéry (the only vestige of the volcanic stone ramparts destroyed after the Second World War), the covered market, the fortified church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste and the many typical Italianate-style doors.
in all its diversity
It’s hard not to fall in love with this town of art and history, with its rich heritage of 16th, 17th and 18th century town houses. The hotels de Lacoste, Malibran and Alfonce spring to mind. The cobbled streets lined with stalls are ideal for leisurely strolls with family or friends.
Several water sports await visitors to Marseillan, including sailing, scuba diving and stand-up paddling. Then there are outdoor activities such as hiking, tennis and go-karting. Vacations are also an opportunity to enjoy fine red wines such as Merlot or Sauvignon, and white or rosé wines such as Syrah.
Roman influences are still tangible in Béziers, notably through major remains such as the amphitheater and the arena. Sites such as the cathedral and the Allées Paul Riquet keep alive the memory of medieval towns and the Albigensian Crusade. As for the winegrowers’ fortunes with their beautiful Haussmann façades, they take us back to 19th-century Béziers la Triomphante.
The city of Montpellier is also renowned for its historical, cultural and architectural heritage. Not to be missed are the Place de la Comédie and the Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle. The latter is famous for its Trois Grâces fountain and leads to the Corum, and is often the scene of seasonal markets and festivals.
Culture and heritage in Hérault
The jewels of the region’s built heritage make a major contribution to its reputation. The same applies to the cultural heritage of this rich territory.
Sacred art occupies an important place in Hérault’s built heritage. The department boasts a number of fascinating abbeys. These include Valmagne Abbey, Grandmont Priory, Fontcaude, Cassan, Vignogoul and Joncels abbeys… Cathedrals also arouse the curiosity and interest of visitors. There are four in the département: Saint-Étienne d’Agde, Saint-Nazaire de Béziers, Saint-Fulcran de Lodève and Saint Pierre (“Fort Saint-Pierre”) de Montpellier.
The Hérault escapade is also an opportunity to discover some of the region’s most beautiful châteaux. Visitors flock to the famous “Montpellier follies” such as Châteaux d’O, Flaugergues, La Mogère and Alco, to name but a few.
Nature and landscapes in Hérault
Beaches, plains, vineyards, mountains, hilltop villages… the landscape of the Hérault could not be more diverse.
Added to this is a hundred kilometers of coastline, some of the best preserved in France.
On the whole, the geography of the département is characterized by its tiered layout, with the town of Sète being a perfect example.
The highest part of this singular topography is made up of limestone hills, including Pic Saint-Loup, covered in garrigue.
Leisure activities in Hérault
We’ve selected 5 ideas for family activities:
- Skryptic – Escape Rome (Montpellier)
- Mad Monkey – Climbing and accrobranche (Montpellier)
- Visit to the dinosaur park (Mèze)
- Canoeing in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
- L’Ö Cocoon – Yoga for children (Pignan)…
Activities with friends
7 ideas for activities with friends :
- Walking and cycling tours along the Canal du Midi
- Bungee jumping
- Helicopter flight
- Escape Game
- Survival course
- Water bike…