Information, Recommendations, Prestige Properties & Holiday Homes in Béziers
Béziers is famous for its wine, rugby and bullfighting. Every August it hosts the famous Féria de Béziers, centred around bullfighting, attracting a million visitors to the five-day event.
The town is located on a hill overlooking the river Orb, about 10 km from the Mediterranean Sea crowned by the Cathedral of Saint-Nazaire. At Béziers the Canal du Midi spans the river Orb as an aqueduct called the Pont-canal de l'Orb.
The city has known wealth and ruin in turn, but has always managed to recover from misfortunate. Today Béziers is a principal centre of the Languedoc viticulture and winemaking industries.
Béziers is also perfectly situated for excursions due to its excellent road and rail links. Perhaps not one of the prettiest towns, it is not often on the tourist agenda which means you can get a taste of the real Languedoc without the crowds.
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 amphora, a common site in any Roman display in a museum, was actually invented by the winegrowers of Béziers.
During the thirteenth century the town witnessed one of the worst massacres in the region - 20,000 people were put to death during the crusade against the Cathars, many of whom had sought refuge in the churches. When asked by a Crusader how to tell Catholics from Cathars once they had taken the city, the papal legate supposedly replied, "Kill them all, God will know His own". Cathars and Catholics alike were slaughtered indiscriminately.
The climate and weather in Béziers due to its situation in the Mediterranean, offers one of the best and sunniest climates of the whole of France - there are more than 300 days of sunshine per year! Béziers and its region are attractive all year round.
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Recommended accommodation when you visit Beziers to find your property
Château de Raissac
Offering an outdoor pool, L'Hôtel Particulier Beziers is located in Béziers. Free WiFi access is available.
Each room has air conditioning, a coffee machine and a desk. Featuring a shower, the private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer. You can enjoy city and garden views from your room.
At L'Hôtel Particulier Beziers you will find a garden and a bar. Other facilities offered at the property include meeting facilities and a shared lounge.
The hotel is 9.6 km from Saint-Thomas Golf Course. Montpellier - Mediterranee Airport is 65 km away.
Other hotels in Beziers and nearby
Recommended restaurants in Beziers and nearby
L'Ambassade - 22 boulevard de Verdun, 34500 Béziers
Resolutely modern decoration (light wood panelling, frosted glass), appetising dishes and an exceptional wine list. Extremely popular with locals.
Picamandil - lovely tapas and wine bar
Octopus - Restaurant in Béziers
La Table de Stéphane, Agde, South of France
Le Bistro d'Hervé, 47 rue Brescou, 34300 Agde
Auberge des Gorges de Madale - Restaurant Review June 2015
Le Val d'Héry - 67 avenue du Président Wilson F - 34500 BEZIERS
Near the Plateau des Poètes, a pretty 19C park. Discreet modern decor with paintings by the chef adding a bright touch; modern cuisine that varies with the seasons.
Parfums de Garrigues - 37 rue de la Poste F - 34370 MARAUSSAN
Comfortable dining room with southern colours and shady terrace in the interior courtyard of this prettily-restored building. Cuisine with the flavours of the garrigue.
Other restaurants in Béziers
Wine Reviews Beziers and nearby
La Colombette Béziers - Wine Review September 2012
Picpoul de Pinet - Wine Review December 2011
Château Massamier La Mignarde, Pépieux - Wine Review October 2011
Domaine de Magellan gains AOC recognition - September 2009
What to do in Béziers and nearby :
Cathédrale St-Nazaire. The main sight in Béziers and not a bad one at that. This grandiose Romanesque cathedral dates from the thirteenth century and occupies one of the best sites in town: from the concourse in front of the cathedral there are terrific views out over the surrounding vineyards and towards the foothills of the Massif Central to the north.
- Musée des Beaux Arts. The best of the town's museums with paintings by Rubens and Delacroix as well as several local artists.
Feria. Based on Spain's corrida, this festival takes in the middle of August (usually around the 15th) and lasts for four days. A holiday atmosphere invades the town as young men full of bravado take on the bulls and the town gets down to some serious partying with street festivals and music throughout the four day long event.
Canal du Midi. West of Béziers, the canal, which connects Sète on the Mediterranean with Toulouse (and ultimately the Atlantic via the Garonne river), runs through a series of lovely old villages. Start your trip west at the seven locks of Ecluses de Fonséranes reached along the N113 from Béziers.
Roquebrun. A picturesque village in the Orb valley about 20km north of Béziers which seemingly clings to the cliff face above the river. Known for its microclimate, the vines here do particularly well and wine can be sampled at several local outlets. Also a good place for swimming in the river.
The course at Saint-Thomas, set in the wild scrubland known as the 'garrigue', has a typically Mediterranean feel. The 18-hole course (par 72, 6130 metres) will suit all levels of player, from beginner to expert. Every hole has its own character: wooded, hilly, lakeside or straightforward.
Lamalou les Bains
Lamalou les Bains golf course has a fabulous setting at the foot of the Caroux mountain in the foothills of the Cévennes, with the river Orb running by. The wooded course with its three lakes is a pleasure to play whatever your level.