Costa del Sol
Dating back to the 5th century BC, beautiful Beziers is one of the most ancient towns in all of Europe. Today, the city retains its historic sites such as the Cathedral Saint-Nazaire but is also a modern, youthful city well worth visiting. The culinary scene is excellent and being slightly of the beaten track, you won’t find it heaving with tourists come summer. However, the feria in August with parties and flamenco until dawn attracts a large crowd!
You’ll be spoiled for choice with shopping options in Beziers. There are flower markets, specialist fruit and vegetable markets and flea markets to name just a few. Les Halles covered market dates back to 1891 and is open every day except Monday. It’s a fantastic place to stock up on local produce or even stop for a leisurely lunch. The city also has a great choice of mini markets and supermarkets for the essentials.
The food scene in Beziers is something quite special and revered by the locals. From great wine bars and bistros to Michelin starred restaurants, Beziers has it all. You can choose from countless charming settings. Opt to dine tucked away in meandering lanes or in the main square - La Place Jean Jaures. A visit to the region would of course be incomplete without a wine tasting session or two. Dotted outside the city, you’ll find many different wineries that provide regular tours and tastings.
The lovely beaches of the Languedoc are just 30 minutes’ drive away. They offer wide expanses of golden sand, watersports and good facilities. Valras Plage is a great choice, with bike hire, restaurants and an adjacent marina. Further along the coast, the beaches of Cap d'Agde resort have plenty of family-friendly activities.
The nearby seaside resort of Cap d’Agde has plenty of family activities to choose from. There are water parks, adventure courses, boat trips, mini golf courses and more. The Canal du Midi has dedicated cycling routes which take you via bridges, ancient aqueducts, locks and pretty French villages.
Don't miss Carcassonne, an awe-inspiring citadel that inspired Walt Disney’s castle. Kids and grown ups alike can marvel at the drawbridges, turrets and impressive castle. You can join a tour or take it all in at your own pace.
Beziers has many delights to experience. A good place to start is the Allees Paul-Riquet, a picturesque promenade lined with magnificent plane trees, shops and cafe terraces buzzing with local life. At one end is a beautiful 19th century theatre and at the other the lovely garden Plateau des Poetes.
Walking around this fine city, the 13th century Cathedral Saint-Nazaire perched high above is hard to miss and well worth the climb up for the views alone. Why not stroll through the gardens or make the ascent up to the bell tower? Just a short walk outside the centre leads you to ‘Les Neuf Ecluses de Fonseranes’ (the nine locks of Fonseranes), a UNESCO Heritage Site ideal for marvelling at from the banks of the canal. A short drive from Beziers is the quintessentially French town of Pezenas, famous for its Saturday morning market, historic streets and plentiful eateries. Further afield and worthy of a day trip, you could visit Saint Guilhem le Desert, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful villages of the region. Or head to the region’s cosmopolitan capital, Montpellier, which is full to the brim with elegant plazas, excellent shopping, restaurants and historic sites.
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