Situated between Narbonne and Montpellier, Beziers is a town at the center of the largest wine-producing region in South France. Famous as well for its ancient medieval streets, bullfights and festivals, Beziers is classified as a protected Historic Town in France. It was first founded in Roman times, and flecks of history and culture of centuries past still decorate the present day town of Beziers.
Simply wandering through the ancient streets of Beziers will give you a feel for the town. Study the town’s architecture as you stroll past the numerous religious sites around Beziers. Saint Nazaire Cathedral, built in the 12-15th centuries, has a ‘Bishop’s Garden’ that offers a lovely view over the valley below. The Saint Aphrodise Basilica is another important church in Beziers, as it was built on the tomb of the town’s patron saint, who is said to have arrived on a camel from Egypt. Follow the Allees Paul Riquet, the street named after the builder of the Canal du Midi. The Plateau des Poetes is a 19th century park at the end of the lane that’s ideal for a quick rest or an afternoon picnic.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat, Les Halles is an indoor market near town hall where you can get your recently purchased food items cooked for you at La Gargotte bistro bar. Don’t forget to sample the range of wines produced in the Beziers vineyards during your trip. Schedule a wine tasting, a vineyard tour, or simply sample the current favorites of the local restauranteurs and wine merchants.
Museums are also high on the list of must sees in Beziers. Musee Beaux Arts houses a collection of paintings from the 17th to 19th centuries. The museum also has an annex dedicated to the French Resistance hero Jean Moulin, who directed efforts of the underground against the Nazis. Le Musee du Biterrois is a museum with artifacts from the prehistoric to present days. And Le Museum d’Histoire Naturelle is your go to for natural history. The two art galleries in Beziers are also worth note: Espace Train features works on bullfighting, while Espace Riquet is an ancient convent-turned art museum that houses contemporary works.
Head to Toulouse, about 180 kilometers west of Beziers, to discover La Ville Rose (“The Pink City”). This town that sits near the Spanish border has just the sunny, warm climate and laidback vibe vacationers need to relax. Dawdle in the town squares, linger at an outdoor café or chat with the friendly locals between touring the architectural landmarks and sampling the exceptional regional cuisine of Toulouse. Montpellier is another great city in southern France, just 10 kilometers inland from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Montpellier was founded in the 10th century by the counts of Toulouse and has developed into one of France’s fastest-growing, most multicultural cities. Think of it as a stylish metropolis with a spirited vibe, and white-sand beaches right on its doorstep. Narbonne, on the Canal de la Robine, is best known for its seaside resort Narbonne Plage. But Narbonne is also home to an impressive gothic cathedral, the grand Archbishop’s palace and the Horreum, an underground labyrinth of ancient warehouses from its days as a Roman port.
Finding a place to stay won’t be a problem in Beziers. Hotels, private furnished rentals, tourist residences, guesthouses and even camping sites are available in town. Give camping a go with Aire Naturell Familiale de Camping de Clairac, where guests can choose from 25 spacious pitches on a former wine producing estate. Or pitch a tent along the Canal du Midi with Camping Les Berges Du Canal, where tent spaces and mobiles homes are available for rent. If “roughing it” isn’t in the books this trip, check out the other rentals Beziers has to offer. Stay in an enchanting remodeled home on a tree-lined boulevard, or a downtown hotel just minutes from the town center. Rent a room in a guesthouse and get to know your hosts, or an entire cottage if traveling with a larger party. Private furnished apartments are also options for those who seek privacy or extended stays.
Béziers Cap d'Agde Airport serves the town of Beziers, as well as the Languedoc coastal resorts nearby. It’s located about 11.5 kilometers from the town. The airport provides shuttle bus service to and from Beziers bus station/SNCF rail station; Vias, Agde SNCF rail station; and Marseillan bus station. The shuttles depart from the airport about 30 minutes after the arrival of each flight, and gets to the airport about 1 hour and 30 minutes before each flight’s departure. Each ride costs 1.6 Euros per individual. Beziers is about an hour from the Montpellier, Carcassonne and Perpignan airports nearby. Beziers Méditerranée agglomération bus network (http://en.capbus.fr) provides transportation within the "Hérault Méditerranée" area, serving 19 towns with 6 regular routes, 4 on-demand routes and 2 beach shuttles in the summer.
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