The Hérault is full of treasures … During your stay in the south of France discover the most beautiful sites of Occitanie also labeled Grand Site de France, which are worth the glance !
CAMARGUE AND DOMAINE PAUL RICARD
The Camargue is a natural wetlands region in the South East of France. Rice is grown here, and bulls are farmed as well. Between the sky, the land and the sea, covered with pools and lagoons, it’s also an area where horses are bred, and live freely outdoors. It’s famous for its incredible sunsets, and the flocks of flamingos that live here. Don’t hesitate to go and explore the Camargue whilst you holiday at La Yole – why not visit the Domaine Paul Ricard? Close to Arles, in the village of Méjanes, this farm stretches across 600 hectares of preserved natural land. You can see the horses and the bulls that are bred here, see demonstrations of the camarguaise bull running (check), take the tourist train, or bike, or simply walk around the Vaccares lagoon to discover its incredible flora and fauna… or, for the total experience, go for a hack on a Camargue pony !
This is one of the most beautiful ancient archeological sites in the region. Situated in the village of Nissan les Ensérune, about 20 km from La Yole, the Oppidum d’Ensérune houses the remains of a prehistoric village that was inhabited from the 9th century BC right through to Roman times and the 1st Century AD.
CITY OF CARCASSONNE
Just an hour’s drive, or 91 km, from La Yole, is the Walled City of Carcassonne, which is amongst the top 5 most visited towns in France! Famous for its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the medieval walled city and the Canal du Midi, visitors also appreciate the many festivals on offer in Carcassonne (for example, an international music festival which is recognised by the French Federation of music festivals). The unmissable sites in the city are the feudal castle and the museum of the Cathar Inquisition.
The Fonseranes Locks are one of the major engineering works on the Canal du Midi, the best and most majestic of all Pierre Paul Riquet’s works. Each one of these eight oval-shaped locks follows right on from the one before, allowing the canal to ascend 21.5 metres over a length of 300m. The whole site, which, as well as the locks, includes horse drawn boats, stables and the lock-keeper’s house, is the 3rd most popular tourist site in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, with 450,000 visitors every year.
CANAL DU MIDI
There’s no doubt that this is one of the greatest chef d’œuvres of French engineering! The Canal du Midi does not simply join Toulouse with Thau lagoon, but has in fact linked the Atlantic to the Mediterranean since the 17th century. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and is a work of art measuring over 240 km. To discover its wonders, the Compagnie des Bateaux du Midi will take care of you, for no extra charge, right from the campsite! Book at our information point. The Compagnie des Bateaux du Midi offers cruises and boat trips on a barge, through Béziers to discover the major construction works of Pierre Paul Riquet: the 9 locks of Fonseranes, Malpas tunnel… You can book either a day cruise or a one hour trip around the locks. They are guided tours, and you have the option to eat on board.
Just like its cousin Narbonne, Béziers contains within its walls exceptional monuments, testament to its rich past, such as the Cathedral of Saint Nazaire, the bull-fighting arena and the municipal theatre. The town is also the backdrop to many outdoor festivals, and its feria (summer festivals held all over the South of France and in Spain), organised every year in August, is the biggest summer event across the whole region! Around a million people party in the streets during the feria.
During your stay with us, you’ll have to visit the town of Narbonne. All year round, you can discover the town’s rich history, its architecture and protected landscapes, and you can also share its art de vivre and its culture. An authentic southern French town, full of art and history, we advise you to visit the tourism office and join one of the guided tours. You’ll be able to dive right into 2500 years of history !
SIGEAN AFRICAN RESERVE
Just 50 km from La Yole, in the South of France between Narbonne and Perpignan, on the Mediterranean and bordering the lagoons which define our coastline, Sigean African Reserve houses more than 3800 animals over 300 hectares of land. A semi-natural animal park, the spaces offered are large enough for the animals to remain wild and exhibit their natural behaviour.
THE ESSENTIAL PLACES TO SEE AND VISIT IN HERAULT