|Perched on a bluff above the River Orb within the beautiful Languedoc region of southern France, Béziers lies discretely between Narbonne (to the south) and Sète (to the north). It is an attractive Roman town, renowned for its summer Feria and wonderful wines. It’s also a short distance from Siblu’s campsites in Languedoc, the closest being La Carabasse and Les Sables du Midi, making any of the two a great base to explore this intriguing, quintessential town of the ‘Midi’ while getting a real insight into the Languedoc way of life.|
Béziers at a glance
Things to see and do in and around Béziers
At just 10 kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea, a trip to the beach in Béziers is only a short detour out of town. And luckily the town’s nearest beach is also one of the best in the region. Backed by beautiful sand dunes, Sérignan-Plage is a long stretch of fine, sandy beach that feels suitably wild, but with sufficient facilities nearby to keep all friends and family members fed (pizzerias and beach cafes) and entertained (crazy golf) in true holiday style. In town, Plateau des Poètes at the end of the cool plane tree-lined Allées Paul Riquet is definitely worth a visit with its shaded pathways, lake and children’s playground.
Museums and attractions
A visit to Béziers must include a gentle meander through the charming medieval streets of its old town. Then there’s the grandiose Romanesque Cathédrale St-Nazaire – you can climb the main tower for a rewarding 360-degree view of Béziers’ Roman bridge, surrounding vineyards and the distant foothills of the Massif Central. It’s also worth dropping by the Musée des Beaux Arts for the paintings by Rubens, Delacroix and several local artists. But Béziers is really famed for its annual Feria in mid-August. It’s one of the region’s largest and most atmospheric events, when hundreds of thousands of visitors take the town by storm to experience corridas (bullfights) in the arenas, music and dancing in the streets, fireworks, wine-tasting, and general merry-making. A truly unique southern France celebration, and one definitely not to be missed!
A lovely short walk from Béziers (or take le petit train) is the mesmerising Ecluses de Fonséranes – the most remarkable canal lock on the Canal du Midi miraculously allowing boats to manoeuvre a 21-meter level change across nine locks. Order a coffee at the nearby cafe and watch the boating dramas unfold… In town, bustling indoor market, Les Halles, bursts with the very best of mouth-watering, local produce, from cheese to charcuterie, to fish – you can even lunch like a local and have your recently purchased provisions cooked to order at the Gargote des Halles bistro. Delicious!
Getting to Béziers from our Siblu parks
Distance/driving time from La Carabasse
Distance/driving time from Les Sables du Midi