Béziers Sports & Outdoors

  • The beautiful Les Halles de Béziers.
    The beautiful Les Halles de Béziers.
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  • The beautiful Place de la Victoire of Béziers.
    The beautiful Place de la Victoire of...
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  • View at the La Halle aux Chaussures.
    View at the La Halle aux Chaussures.
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    Hiking – More than 2000 years of history.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 2, 2012
    Beautiful facade at All��e Paul Riquet.
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    Béziers is a city with more than 2,000 years of history. The ancient city of Colonia Julia Baeterrae Septimanorum was founded in 36/35 BC and its golden age began in the years later. The compact town of Béziers is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Béziers is France, and yet it is a culture unto itself. It was an important city of the ancient Roman Empire and its legacy of monuments can be admired in the streets to this day. Historical buildings to stroll around include the 12th century Narbonne Cathedral, numerous churches, the Cimentiére (cemetery), a beautiful park like the Plateau des Poètes and the defensive walls behind the palace reveal delights at every turn. Time to explore it!

    We can honestly state that the best way to explore Béziers is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 45 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys instead of following the masses of tourists. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. Béziers is simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.

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    Maison du tourisme et du vin
    1 Bd Wilson 34500 Béziers

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    Hiking - Game plan strategy.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 2, 2012
    The beautiful Place de la Victoire of B��ziers.
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    Most people try to rush Béziers on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Béziers properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Béziers we saw on a city map that the small town of Béziers is divided into three areas - the historical old town, the area around Béziers Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Nazaire-et-Saint-Celse de Béziers) and the more residential area in the new part of the town. We visited the city only once, and hiked our way through the areas.

    Our hikes were in the old town where the city is one huge ancient site in which we could walk for several hours. It was quite strenuous sometimes, but definitely worth while! For example we started at Boulevard d'Angelterre where we parked the car, made our way to Rue Porte Olivier and finally hiked way into the old town and it ended at the Allee Paul Riquet at the other side of the city centre. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the alley's, this part of Béziers is the place to get hopelessly lost for half a day. We wondered off through mysterious and steep alleyways leading us away from the crowds. We ended up at the Chapelle des Pénitents Bleus, Les Halles (old marketplace in a beautiful building), mazes of hilly backstreets and deserted gardens. The real Béziers?

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    Maison du tourisme et du vin
    1 Bd Wilson 34500 Béziers

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    Hiking – Take time to meander.

    by Jerelis Updated Jul 2, 2012
    Just look around in B��ziers!
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    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Béziers old town's principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our strawl we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won't do justice to the entire city of Béziers whenever you won't visit other parts than just the main sights. So ... do meander, because the cluster of sights around the main street / square Allée Paul Riquet are truly beautiful, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing.

    There are truly more than enough vibrant cultural scenes to see, like the off the beaten path Chapelle des Pénitents Bleus way back in the Rue Pellisson and for example the Eglise de la Madeleine at the back of the Rue Porte Olivier. Via the pavement along the Rue Paul Riquet, with its beautiful Les Halles de Béziers, we ended up at the central square, which is probably the most important square of Béziers. It lead to a great viewing point at the La Halle aux Chaussures, where we could also get great views at the long and wide lane. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Béziers might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs will help you in getting around. Enjoy!

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    Maison du tourisme et du vin
    1 Bd Wilson 34500 Béziers

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - What an amazing ride!

    by Jerelis Written Jun 29, 2012

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    Another small waterfall.
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    We were descending the powerful rapids of the Aude river in this rubber dinghy, using peddles to steer away from the rocks and move along other obstacles. We found out that boat used (zodiac type) was very safe and had a great resistance to the blows. We sat in the raft with eight people and the instructor at the back. We all sat on the edges of the boat and holded on for life, as we braved the rapids. The instructor at the back looked out for obstacles and guided us in the right direction. His job is to plot the course with the oar and to give the necessary instructions to the rest of the group to advance the boat down river down. So every now and then we had a rock splats, a nose dunk and did a pirouette to avoid some rocks.

    At first it might seem like a dangerous sport, but it’s not really. Falling into the water won’t do you much harm. We were well equipped with a helmet, life jacket, full wet suit and neoprone boots. We experienced this because at some point of the course the instructure cap sized the boat on purpose and we all fell into the cold river and had to swim our way to the side of the river to reorganise the team. But anyway, it was an amazing ride!

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - Own level of difficulty.

    by Jerelis Written Jun 29, 2012

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    The ROC Aqua Rafting Company has 3 trips to undertake.

    The beginners trip (2 trips available):
    The St George gorge: beautiful itinerary (level 3), of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the morning.
    The Pierre-Lyse gorge: aprogressive itinerary (level 4) of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the afternoon.

    The sportive trip (1 itinerary only):
    A wonderful trip (level 5) along the river Aude of about 14 kilometres. This is one we took.

    We took this thrilling ride down the river Aude right in the beautiful and fascinating mountain range of the Pyrenees. It is definately an heavily adrenalin fuelled sport. The river Aude in Spain is considered a mecca for European rafters and we learned why.

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - No prior technical skill

    by Jerelis Written Jun 29, 2012

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    Reading the hand-out of the ROC Aqua rafting company learned that a raft is an inflatable boat and that you need to manoeuvre it down the river with paddles. It's the best way to get a touch of white water sports without any prior technical skills. Of course with the help and support of a river guide onboard. How hard can it be, so for us (I did it with two friends Sjoerd and Patrick) it was just time to get acquiped and enter the raft, which can accomodate a crew of 8 people maximum.

    For us rafting is a rather challenging recreational outdoor activity. In our case it was done on some different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite us as much as possible! We knew that it is considered an extreme sport, as it can be dangerous. But of course we wanted to seek a thrill and entered the raft. Before we were getting started we learned some of the rules to secure each other safety. The guide told us for example that one of the most simple ways to avoid injury while out of a raft, was to swim to an Eddy (a calm spot behind a rock in the water which the current disperses around) to avoid being taken downstream.

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    • Water Sports
    • Rafting

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    Rugby

    by Klod5 Written Aug 3, 2007

    La ville de Béziers fut pendant de nombreuses années la capitale française du rugby. En effet, l'ASBH remporta 11 titres de champion de France entre 1961 et 1984. Depuis, le club connaît des succès divers, naviguant entre le Top 14 et la Pro D2. Le club évolue au stade de la Méditerranée. Malgré cette perte de domination, l'ASBH a pu bénéficier pendant plusieurs années d'un excellent centre de formation.

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