Béziers Travel Guide

  • Cathédrale Saint-Nazaire.
    Cathédrale Saint-Nazaire.
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  • Allées Paul Riquet, XXIth building
    Allées Paul Riquet, XXIth building
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  • Also look up whenever you are in Béziers.
    Also look up whenever you are in...
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Béziers Things to Do

  • Discovery tour

    Be on the look out for quaint sights in the old town of Beziers. We found this statue of a Saint on the corner of Rue Canterelles. Maybe it's the popular St. Denis, the first bishop of Paris, who is often portrayed carrying his head in his hands.

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  • Eglise de la Madeleine – Church St Mary...

    When we arrived we learned that de precise date of founding of the church Eglise de la Madeleine (Church of St Mary Magdalene) is not exactly known. But its origins trace back to marks in the 11th and 12th century. This was the period when the Cathars first appeared in southern France. By the later 1100s the papacy was making concerted efforts to...

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  • Chapelle des Pénitents Bleus – Painted...

    It really doesn't matter how you travel towards Béziers. Whether you come by car or by bike you will finally arrive at a parking lot just outside the village center. When you're at that particular parking lot and you ask about the city center of Béziers you can't miss the important promenade / lane Allée Paul Riquet. Once at that place we saw a...

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  • Chapelle des Pénitents Bleus - Beautiful...

    In the summer of 2011 we stayed with our three kids in the small village of Narbonne. On a heavily cloudy day we decided to go the city of Béziers, and we were not sorry for that. The origin of the village of Béziers can be traced way back, since it has been occupied in Neolithic times, turning it into one of the most ancient spots of the region....

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  • Chapelle des Pénitents Bleus – Lighting...

    Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Chapelle des Pénitents Bleus in Béziers we were still allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists. Either the bus / coach was still on his way or everybody was having a breakfast in their hotel. Whenever we visit a church the...

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  • Cathédrale Saint-Nazaire.

    Cathédrale Saint-Nazaire stands on top of the city and when coming from the west (from Narbonne), can be seen long before reaching Béziers. It was built in the XIVth in what is named “Gothique Méridional”. On this photo, it is seen from the Romanesque bridge. We were short of time to get closer and visit the cathedral

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  • Lunch in Britanny style

    Lunch in Britanny style in the open air. Within walking distance of the Cathedral. We had lunch here on 19 May 2010, that consisted of a Salade Aveyronnaise with Roquefort cheese, plus 'Galette 3 fromages', the traditional buckwheat pancakes - ble noir - from Britanny (Bretagne). We also had icecream for dessert. For drinks we had pastis and more...

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  • Feel the vibe!

    Les Halles is housed in an important Balthard style building (it is a copy of Pavillon Balthard in Paris) and we enjoyed the look of it when we stopped in front of the building to admire it. We learned that political and financial difficulties meant that the project was delayed a few times. In 1895 there was a definitive vote for its construction....

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  • Staff and service was impeccable.

    Everything in Béziers is within walking distance, but bear in mind that most of the city is built on a slope. So after a period of hiking we definitely could use a refreshment. We ended up right at the city center at the beautiful Allée Paul Riquet. Right there we had a look around and kind of fell in love with the rocking chairs.Because it is...

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Béziers Transportation

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new...

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  • travel warning- be prepared!!

    Travelling around Beziers and to our accomodation in Cazouls-Les-Beziers proved somewhat nightmarish on my trip. Relying solely on bus transport we were forced to work the length and breadth of the city centre (through parks, side streeets underpasses!) to get to the bus stop, only to find that you can not buy bus tickets ON the bus, only at...

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Béziers Shopping

  • Real life in the south of France.

    There were over 70 traders and artisans with permanent stalls at Les Halles – including at least one stall which has been occupied by generations of the same family since the market was opened in 1901! Dedicated to providing the city with the best quality produce, the stall holders convene every day from 6 am to 1 pm to take part in this important...

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  • Hive of activity.

    Now, over a hundred years later, Les Halles is an institution. We can honestly say that no visit to Béziers could be complete without experiencing its charm. Throughout the year there are various food related festivals and tastings held here with important locally sourced produce. It’s a fact that whenever you are looking to buy fresh food in a...

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  • Important Balthard style building.

    Trade has been one of the most important sectors in Béziers since the city was founded. In recent years, retailers have been an engine of growth for the city, especially the local offer. Along the streets facing the Allée Paul Riquet (The street of Béziers) most of the traditional businesses are clustered. And if you really like souvenir shopping,...

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Béziers Local Customs

  • Talk to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

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  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in France is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to France with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There are three main...

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  • Feria à Beziers

    Ville du sud, à l'instar de Nîmes, Béziers est une ville où la tauromachie tient une place importante. La féria du 15 août attire, chaque année, environ un million de personnes sur la ville pendant plus de 4 jours.

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Béziers Warnings and Dangers

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    by Jerelis Written Jun 21, 2012

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?

    The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.

    This still doesn't explian why a woman turns the map all around when a man is asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!

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Béziers Tourist Traps

  • Allée Paul Riquet – The engineering...

    Laid out in 1827 following the line of the ramparts, the Allées Paul Riquet is the city’s main artery. It marks the limit between the old and new neighbourhoods of the city. For us also a nice place to have a refreshment. We did this at the Café "La Comedie" (26 Allée Paul Riquet) and learned that this is perhaps the oldest bar in town.After our...

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  • Allée Paul Riquet – Le Théâtre.

    Béziers became a Roman colony in 36 BC and formed an important staging post on the Domitian Way, the chariot road which traversed the whole of Languedoc on its way from Rome to Cadiz in southern Spain, developing into an important trade route. The wealth of this particular period still can be seen at the Allée Paul Riquet.After we finished looking...

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  • Allée Paul Riquet – Time here is rarely...

    For a longer period of time we stayed in Narbonne, which is close to Béziers. Exploring the surroundings of Narbonne brought us to Béziers, because it is perfectly situated for excursions into the Haut Languedoc, a rugged and untamed mountainous region of picturesque stone villages and cascading mountain streams. Although we learned that Béziers is...

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Béziers What to Pack

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    Here we go ...

    by Jerelis Written Jun 21, 2012

    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

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Béziers Off The Beaten Path

  • Massif de la Clape - Oeil Doux.

    Talking about a hidden gem. We did not hear of this amazing spot before we visited it. The Oeil Doux is a natural waterhole surrounded by cliffs with an abrupt eastern face overhanging the surface 40 metres below. The cliff is made of hard fissured limestone whose crevices are full of red clay; it was formed during the middle geological era. The...

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  • Massif de la Clape - Some amazing...

    The subregional zone of Massif de la Clape forma an oase of vineyards which lie at the westernmost end of the Coteaux du Languedoc appellation. Most of the vineyards are located around a rocky promontory east of Narbonne, the Massif de la Clape, which was an island until the River Aude silted up in the Middle Ages. The entire terroir is a mixture...

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  • Massif de la Clape - It used to be an...

    Just opening Wikipedia will tell that (and I quote) "the Pyrenees is a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain. It separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of continental Europe, and extends for about 491 km (305 mi) from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean Sea (Cap de...

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Béziers Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking – More than 2000 years of...

    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...

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  • Hiking - Game plan strategy.

    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...

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  • Hiking – Take time to meander.

    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...

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Béziers Favorites

  • History : Depuis le XIXe siècle

    En 1851, Béziers est une des seules villes à se révolter contre le coup d'État du prince-président Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte. À la fin du XIXe siècle et au début du XXe siècle, Béziers connaît son âge d'or, bientôt compromis par la crise de mévente du vin qui survient au début du XXe siècle. La région, touchée plus tard que les autres par le...

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  • History : Genesis of the town

    Béziers est une très vieille ville : 2700 ans d'histoire, qui commence avec l'installation d'une tribu sur les berges de l'Orb à l'ère néolithique, sur le site actuel du Bosquet.Durant l'âge du fer (VIIIe ‑ IIe siècle avant J.-C.), Béziers constitue l'un des principaux oppida de la Celtique méditerranéenne. Antiquité Les Romains...

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  • General informations

    Béziers (en occitan, Besièrs [beˈzjɛs]) est une commune française, située dans le département de l'Hérault et la région Languedoc-Roussillon.Ses habitants sont appelés les Biterrois et Biterroises. Par sa population, c'est la seconde ville du département de l'Hérault et la quatrième de la région Languedoc-Roussillon (après Montpellier,...

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Rafting in the Pyrenees - What an amazing ride!
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Rafting in the Pyrenees - Own level of difficulty.
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Rafting in the Pyrenees - No prior technical skill
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Narbonne - Take time to meander.
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Narbonne - Game plan strategy.
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Narbonne - More than 2000 years of history.
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Fonsérannes and the Canal du Midi
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Nissan-lez-Ensérunes and the oppidum
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Le Pont Vieux
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Les Halles
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Basilique Sainte Aphrodise
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La Tentation
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Some more mansions along Allées Paul Riquet
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Amazingly carved mansion near the theater
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Mansion overlooking Paul Riquet’s statue
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Hotel Imperator
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Nouvelles Galeries, 1930
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House with lions’ faces
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House with two caryatides
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Carved mansion
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Place de la Victoire, behind the Theater
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Memory slabs on the theater front
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Theater
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XIXth department store, allées Paul Riquet
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Paul Riquet
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Allées Paul Riquet
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Figures from Inside the Cathedral
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Visit the Interior of the Cathedral
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Look Out Over the Valley of the Orb
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Walk Along Along the Allees Paul-Riquet
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Visit the Archbishop's Garden
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Walk Through the Cloister
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Arrive at the West Front of the Cathedral
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Cycling along the canal
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Rugby
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Pierre-Paul Riquet
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