So much sunshine, so many wonders! In the south of France, in the Occitania region, the Hérault overlooks the Mediterranean. An amphitheatre open to the sea, this department surprises by the diversity of its layered landscapes from the Mediterranean to the southern foothills of the Massif Central, passing through the garrigue areas and the low plain of the Languedoc wine region. 30% agricultural (vineyards and orchards), Hérault is also an important producer of Bouzigues oysters and mussels (Thau pond). This department has 87 kilometres of beaches and classified sites (UNESCO): Gellone Abbey in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert on the roads to Santiago de Compostela, the Canal du Midi, the Causses and the Cévennes, partly in the department. Among the natural sites: the Haut Languedoc regional nature park, the Salagou valley and lake, the Hérault gorges and the Navacelles circus. In another register, the territory has three thermal resorts: Balaruc-les-Bains, Avène and Lamalou-les-Bains. The coast is not to be outdone with its seaside resorts including La Grande-Motte, Cap d'Agde and nineteen marinas. The cities of art and history, the villages classified among the most beautiful in France and other picturesque areas total 541 sites classified or listed as historic monuments. A little jewel: the Fabre Museum, the Montpellier Fine Arts Museum, a beautiful building and beautiful exhibitions. Other museums to visit are the fine arts museum of Béziers, the one of the Thau pond (Bouzigues), the one dedicated to Paul Valéry and the one dedicated to the sea (Sète).

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When to go to Hérault?

This department is very touristy and attractive. Many people choose to change their lives and "go down" to settle in Montpellier. The high tourist season (nearly 60% of the annual attendance) takes place during the summer, spring is quite touristy, autumn a little less and the low season is in winter (8%). In all seasons, you will often have to negotiate with the winds. The Tramontane, a dry north-westerly wind, blows over the whole department, more intensely in the west, very frequent in winter and spring, but can be observed in all seasons. Sea winds are rare but sometimes very strong, with heavy rains. The Mistral only affects the eastern edge of the department, less violent than in the Rhône valley but very frequent. In summer the beaches of Palavas-les-Flots and the surrounding area are crowded. Come early in the morning or evening to be a little quiet. You can also move away from the coast to enjoy a more wild swim at Lac du Salagou. In the off-seasons, walks along the coast, beaches and lagoons together allow you to enjoy a magnificent natural environment. Similarly, hiking outside summer, when the sun is too strong, on the foothills of the Massif Central is very pleasant

There are many festivals and celebrations in towns and villages, especially in summer, but also all year round. Among the most original are the water sports in Sète, which are held throughout the summer, encouraged by a large audience packed on the quays of the Royal Canal. A tradition that dates back to 1666, after all! The votive village festivals around a totemic animal, giant, dragon and other Pézenas foals, are as many opportunities to rejoice. There are also ferias, tambourine parades, the Bouzigues oyster fair (August), the harvest festival (September) in the wine-growing communes, the Christmas oil and santon market in Clermont-l'Hérault (December), etc.

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