- In the Hérault, along the Canal du Midi
- 20 minutes from the beaches of Valras and Agde
- Natural, cultural and historical heritage of Hérault
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On the way to the sea
By borrowing theEuroVelo 8, and after a mandatory stop to visit Villeneuve-lès-Béziers and Portiragnes, you will reach Roque Haute. The Portiragnes beach is nearby and easily accessible. You will undoubtedly appreciate a stop for a refreshing bath! Take the time to observe the surprising structures of the Libron and the round lock of Agde. Agde Cathedral, whose bell tower dominates the Hérault, is also worth a detour. The Mediterranean by bike therefore passes through the port of Béziers to direct you to the sea.
The Canal du Midi
From Béziers, the Canal du Midi allows you to reach the sea by bike. You will be captivated by the canal du midi which merges its waters with those of theThau pond at the Onglous lighthouse. From Marseillan-plage, the Lido greenway, on the shores of the Mediterranean, will take you to Sète and its museums. The Canal du Midi route takes the canal towpath and small country roads. The stages are 27 to 65 kilometers long, which represents 3 to 6 hours of cycling at a leisurely pace (10 km/h).
The greenway from Bédarieux to Béziers
La greenway from Bédarieux to Béziers extends the greenway of Haut-Languedoc, and allows from Bédarieux, to reach Béziers and the Orb, near the sea, by first crossing a ridge above Bédarieux. It is a route that will take you on a bike through the vineyards. You will be transported by magnificent landscapes because this piedmont area is very hilly, with many passages on the ridges and distant views. Note that this part is difficult because of the significant elevation changes, steep climbs and even a small pass, which make it an exceptional greenway. In full sun and exposed to the wind that often blows on the hillsides, you will need to have the courage to go to the end of this section.
Finally for beginner cyclists, families with children, and heavy cyclists, it is better to choose the direction Bédarieux towards Béziers.
Béziers is the birthplace of Pierre-Paul Riquet, the founder of the Canal du Midi. The city elegantly overlooks the Orb, the emblematic river of the Hérault. Don't miss the Saint-Nazaire cathedral built in the XNUMXth centurye century. This Gothic fortress dominates the city. The carved wooden doors in the shape of bays encrusted in the stone are a sort of trompe-l'oeil. They are actually never open because of the wind which could blow everything in its path.
To admire a breathtaking view of all of Béziers, go to the Jardin de l'Évêché, below the cathedral. You will enjoy a unique panorama over the plain of the Orb and the city's bridges. Explore the city and its cobbled streets. You will probably come across other treasures there, such as the statue of Pépézuc. This mythical figure of Béziers would have saved the city from invaders during the Hundred Years War.
Cities to discover
Sérignan, Valras, Vias, Sète, Cap d'Agde, Marseillan, Bouzigues... So many names, so many places to visit for heritage enthusiasts.
The Canal du Midi
The Canal du Midi is a jewel of French ingenuity that connects Toulouse to the Mediterranean by waterway for nearly 250 kilometres. Classified as a UNESCO site, the Canal du Midi is now popular with holidaymakers by boat and hikers on foot or by bike.
The Canal du Midi in a few figures: 240 kilometers in length… 14 years of work (1666 – 1681). 350 structures including 63 locks, 126 bridges, 55 aqueducts and 7 canal bridges.