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Nearest city Beziers

One of the most ancient towns in all of Europe, Béziers is a relatively peaceful town that sees significantly fewer tourists than some of its neighbours. However this hidden gem has much to offer in terms of dining, shopping and sightseeing... such as the impressive 'Cathedrale Saint-Nazare de Beziers' situated atop a steep rock face. The impressive 13th century cathedral is well worth the climb! Or for something a bit different you can rent a paddle board or kayak and enjoy the views of the medieval bridge crossing the canal. Their website is wonderful and you can click to translate it and they have a calendar for ‘what’s on.

Local village Puissalicon

Puissalicon, a medieval circulade village is ideally placed halfway between the beaches of the Mediterranean. Away from the main roads, it's a village that has preserved its distinctive aura of calm and the good life. Wander into the heart of the village to one of three stunning restaurants, Chez Louka supplies the best gourmet pizzas and also take away pizzas, Picamandil is Moroccan fusion tapas with a bottle shop, garden with twinkly lights and wine cellar, Cap Mestra, run by a local couple the menu is small but fresh! Stop to admire the beautiful church, visit one of the wineries accessible on foot (one of them supplies Mr Ramseys London restaurant!) or by car. There are so many to choose from!


beach life Paillote

Just 30 mins away you'll find an incredible collection of chic 'Paillote' (pop-up beach bars) where you can dance, relax, chill-out to music and enjoy table (or bed) service...  all whilst enjoying the stunning azure waters. Whether you prefer to lounge in the sun or to partake in exciting water-sports, it's a perfect way to spend a day.

Here are a few to check out:

Chateau / Vineyard Beziers Plage

Just a 10min drive away is Beziers Plage - which is well worth a visit! This beautiful old chateau / vineyard has been transformed and there are outdoor bars, street food vendors, tapas restaurants, salsa events and Ibiza club nights... Something for everyone really! In the centre of Beziers, which is only a 15-20mins drive away, there is a great indoor food market with lovely, high-seat bars to consume whatever delectable treats that you purchase. We personally love it here and there are plenty of restaurants all around this area for you to enjoy.


medieval culture Pezenas

In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful villages in the south. With a stunning Saturday market, the food stalls (approx. 8am-1pm) are amazing with hot food like paella, a Chinese/Thai van with food to take home and with cheese, shellfish and charcuterie stalls. The winding streets are simply beautiful, and the shops are unique with many small art galleries. If you are going to have lunch, there are so many places to choose from. My favourite is Les Palmiers (a restaurant in a void between 2 buildings with a white sail to cover from the sun), has s small set menu for lunch but is always delicious. You need to book and they speak some English.

River town Roquebrun

We love this place! A river with pebble beach (take water shoes) and a beautiful view of the multicoloured village. It has a bar (which serves food), a pizzeria, an ice cream shop, and antique shop, wine cave and a stunning river. Plus you can hire kayaks under the bridge. You can either book lunch at the Pizzeria that has a balcony overlooking the rover or take a picnic. You can go on the main part with everyone else or walk further along the river and find a private spot. Just be aware that away from the main ‘beach’ there can be undercurrents – I once used one in a pool to swim against for exercise it was so strong. For parking, we drive to the opposite side of the river to the multi coloured building - there's a free car park right on the beach part.


Closest town Magalas

The next village is Magalas, just 5 minutess away which has a fantastic restaurant, a handful of bars (including a sports bar) and useful shops including a pharmacy, bakery, pizza shop and bakery. There is also a commercial shopping centre, with a well-stocked supermarket, a barbers, luxury beauty salon, gym, florist and restaurants. There is also a amazing boulangerie, which is well worth a visit. It sells stunning cakes (you're on holiday after all!) and ready-made sandwiches for picnics! There is also a costly but incredible butchers which sells delicious, home-made meals, if you fancy a night off from cooking but want to eat in the comfort of the property. We recommend the pool area and a cocktail in hand!

1 hour away Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

It’s about an hour drive but its stunning. A monastery at the top and follow the winding streets down through some beautiful unique shops to the gorges where you can kayak in the most stunning scenery and aqua blue waters. There is also a lot of coasteering to be done here – the famous ‘Point de Diable’ being a very high and famous point to jump off! There are lots of kayak companies there or online to book.

There are even a few pop-up bars for refreshments to park your kayak at the side of the water, so take a little cash.


1 hour away Carcassonne

This place is beyond stunning, words cannot explain, you only need to google it to see why you need to visit. Its citadel, known as the Cité de Carcassonne, is a medieval fortress dating back to the Gallo-Roman period and it’s a UNESCO heritage site. The fireworks on bastille day are world renowned. It’s touristy but also stunning,

We have eaten at the hotel Cite de Carcassonne to avoid the crowds and it was impeccable!

Port town & Oyster Beds Marseillan

We always visit the oyster beds and we prefer Marseillan and we have a favourite restaurant by the oyster beds and it’s just outside the village of Pinet (Picpoul de Pinet white wine is perfectly paired with seafood) so your oysters and wine are made right where you are sat! Its 30km away but its stunning and worth the trip! (ignore their google map link its wrong). Also, nearby in Marseillan port is the Noilly Prat museum, a few shops and restaurants. At Marseillan Saturday morning and all Sunday there is a huge flea market worth a visit. From June onwards there is a market on the beach too, with Tuesday being the largest.


20 mins away Cessenon-sur-Orb

Want a river swim and splash around? This place is super popular but with so many stopping points you can often find a private spot for a picnic and swim. Its rocky and the water can be fast but there are lots of pools. Here is a location with kayak rentals where we have stopped at before, it's easy and safe with parking but the more adventurous might want to go in search of more rural spots.

Boating Canal du Midi

The Canal du Midi flows through many villages, one being Capestang – just 25 minutes away. Walk or cycle along the towpath or go by boat. Electric boats are also available for 1-3 hours or a half or full day (no licence required). Find out more here: Canal du Midi Boat Hire. The historical centre of Capestang offers a variety of shops and entertainment too from bars and restaurants to souvenir/craft shops and bike rentals as well as the mediterranean market (Wednesday and Sunday).


Get outdoors Kayaking

Explore the stunning scenery on the water, whether you prefer to canoe or paddle! You can enjoy panoramic views in the sunshine, at your own pace and then head back for some homemade ice cream on your return!

Want to know more? Visit Smile Kayak's Facebook page here


Flea Markets Vide Greniers

The region is renowned for them! Use the below website to find local markets etc. They tends to be furniture, flea markets or book markets. It tends to be these local two, but there are many other smaller village ones. Visit here for more

Marseillan: Wednesday Saturday, and Sunday
Beziers: Saturday and Sunday

Vineyards Wine Tasting

You can’t visit without taking a moment to enjoy the true fruits of the region! There are numerous wine tasting experiences on offer but Domaine La Croix Belle is our recommendation.

Visit the Facebook page here for more information


Shopping The Polygon in Beziers

The Polygon in Beziers is like something from Miami - its outdoor but shaded and absolutely lovely! There is tons of underground parking, a supermarket and everything you would expect from a Mall.

Visit the website here for more information


Festival Des Vendange

At the end of the vine season in September this huge massive celebrates the harvest of the grapes.

Want to know more? Visit the Facebook page here


beauty Treatments

There is an English speaking beauty salon in Magalas we strongly recommend called Beauty Box By Mollie. They do everything from Russian lashes, gel manicures to massages. Mollie will also come to the house if the booking is in advance and for multiple treatments or people. We also recommend Susana can come to the house for a 50euro home fee (min spend 130euro). She offers reflexology, Massage, traditional thai body / foot massage, Reiki, Indian head massage.

Event Tour de France

The Tour de France travels through the area every year and is always a wonderful spectacle.

Visit the official Tour de France website for more information


Water Park Aqualand in Agde

We have it on very good authority that Aqualand in Agde is the place to be! There is a system for scanning children in and out for security too.

If you take some clothes to change into – you are very near to Plage du golf, the beach bar / restaurant.

Want to know more? Visit the website here