Tourism in Agde
Founded over 2,500 years ago by the Phocaeans, Agde is distinguished by its fine monuments built in basalt stone. Although its seaside resort, Cap d’Agde, attracts most holidaymakers, the city of Agde has a lot to offer visitors who want to do more than just laze around and swim in the Mediterranean. Discover this during your stay in Agde.
Agde, a remarkable cultural and natural heritage
Just stroll through the historic heart of this Occitan town of just 28,000 inhabitants and you’ll realize that it’s of great architectural interest. The town of Agde is dotted with well-preserved religious buildings, some of which are listed historic monuments, such as the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne, the Church of Saint-Sever, the Church of Saint-André, the Church of Notre-Dame-du-Grau and the Chapel of l’Agenouillade. Learn more about the history of Agde during your stay in Agde tourism. The quays of the Hérault are a great place to take a family stroll after a water sports activity, especially after dark in summer.
Agde’s cultural heritage also includes residences built between the 17th and 18th centuries, including the Hôtel Malaval and the former bishop’s palace. The squares are adorned with beautiful fountains: Fountain of Napoleon, Fountain of the Republic and Belle Agathoise near the Esplanade…
Nature-wise, the Canal du Midi is an idyllic spot for bucolic walks or bike rides in the shade of plane trees. The town is home to several parks and gardens, as well as a protected area, the Bagnas nature reserve on the shores of the Etang de Thau.
Top 5 things to see and do in Agde
- Visit Saint-Etienne’s Cathedral: With its large fortifications, Agde’s most emblematic monument combines elements of a religious building and a fortified castle. The volcanic stone used in its construction comes from Mont Saint-Loup.
- Take a cruise on the Canal du Midi: Several service providers offer river cruises on the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Aboard a boat or barge, you’ll pass through several locks, including the famous round lock, a listed historic monument.
- Attend a jousting tournament: Nautical combat is one of the central elements of Languedoc tradition. Tournaments are organized during the summer months in Agde and neighbouring towns.
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- Discover the Bagnas reserve: This 563-hectare wetland, which enjoys national nature reserve status, is a haven for migratory birds and other endangered species. Take a tour of the ponds and teach your children about the fragility of the ecosystems in front of them.
- Visit the Musée Jules-Baudou: This museum of fine arts and traditions from the Hérault region was set up in 1932 in a Renaissance-style town house. It houses several collections of costumes, furniture, paintings and model ships.
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