What to see and do from Les Sables du Midi
Unsurprisingly, life here is centred around the beach, where children and adults can sunbathe, play and swim safely in this gently shelving shores. Take up the French sport of people watching as you sip a cup of coffee on the terrace, and in the evenings, soak up the ambiance at the delightful bars, restaurants and at the live musical performances at Valras Plage harbour.
Activites and places not to miss
Situated between Narbonne and Perpignan, this zoo is home to more than 3800 animals. This semi natural reserve places a lot of importance on taking care of its flora and fauna, and is part of the Association of the Friends of the African Sigean Reserve, promoting scientific research, teaching and conservation. You’ll be able to walk or drive around to observe the many varieties of animals like giraffes, ostriches, antelopes and zebras.
Petit Tropez - Cap d’Agde
Billed by the locals as the smaller version of St Tropez, the bustling port of Cap d’Agde offers an impressive selection of shops, restaurants, and bars. On top of eating, drinking, and yacht-spotting, why not take a boat tour or go diving. To keep your kids happily occupied, there’s always ‘Toonsland’ and ‘Aqualand’, with its giant flumes, waterslides and wave machine.
Canal du Midi
This UNESCO World Heritage listed canal stretches 150 miles / 240km and is a tranquil way to discover the spectacular French landscape. Along this dreamlike canal lined with pale green vegetation and plane trees, you can cruise on boats, walk, go horse-riding, or make like Tour de France cyclists and go biking! The terrain is more or less level, making this route accessible for families. It really does allow you to enter deep into the French countryside.
Carcassonne is literally a huge medieval walled city, coloured in pinks and reds, and peppered with 53 big and small towers all around. Within its walls sits a castle and basilica. Its immense structure is pretty impressive to look at from afar and close up, but it looks even better at night when all of the walls are lit up. If you’re arriving during the day, arrive early to avoid the crowds, take a guided tour or simply stroll around the town and immerse yourself in this town steeped in history.
Further north of Les Sables du Midi are the Hérault Gorges, which is a wonderful sight to see and experience for couples or families. The deep, narrow gorges are bursting with wild vegetation and this stretch of river offers many excuses for all to take up activities such as kayaking, climbing, canyoning, and more.
What literally stands out in this city is the Saint Just Cathedral, which juts out of the Narbonne cityscape. Don’t miss the pretty market which will give you a taste of all the local flavours. 10 miles away at Narbonne beach you'll find sand stretching on for miles and a marina in the National Park. This beach has been given a Blue Flag certification for its water quality so you can rest assured that it's a safe place for your kids to play.
Beziers has a triple identity – there‘s the sea, the town, and the wineyards, which is reflected in the array of colours you see all around the town - pinks, reds, blues and greens. Beziers is known for its rugby, but the big attraction every August is the Feria, with its huge outdoor parades, dances, and musical performances which will entertain your kids no end.