Herault Activities and Things To Do On Holiday

Golfing is popular in Herault, Languedoc Roussillon, France

Golf, La Grand-Motte

Golfers of all levels will find something to suit them on the 3 courses designed in Florida-style by American architect Robert Trent Jones.

 ‘Les Mouettes’ 765m par 19 is a mini 6 hole course ideal for beginners and improvers. Move on to the 3200m par 58 ‘Les Goelands’ course. La Grande-Motte’s star course, 18-hole ‘les Flamants Roses’, is a favourite with European circuit players at 3200m par 78.

Book pass and green fees 48 hours in advance by tel: (00 33) 4 67 56 05 00 or online www.sudfrancegolf.com/uk/la-grande-motte/gie-4000.php

Aquarium and Aqualand, Agde/Cap d’Agde

Visit the Aquarium in Cap d’Agde where 30 tanks of Mediterranean and tropical fish, sharks and coral are displayed in a natural landscaped environment of constantly renewed seawater.

Find out about marine biology and coastal ecosystems. Agde’s Aqualand water fun-park beside the sea has over 20 spectacular attractions including 9 slides and huge wave pool. Tel: (00 33) 4 67 26 85 94. Under 8s have their own special aquatic fun park at Captain Jako.

Glassmakers Trail

Glass making once flourished in Herault. Visit the former Renaissance Coulloubrines glassworks in Ferrieres les Verreries - restored in 1989 - for a fascinating insight into the 500 year old history of glass production and the glassmaker’s way of life. There are guided tours and an outdoor archeological site.

Find out more about glass from antiquity to the Middle Ages at Claret in la Halle du Verre. Watch glass blowing and spinning along with displays and videos.

Contact Herault tourist office for a list of glass makers addresses in Vaquieres and Claret tel: (00 33) 4 67 67 71 71.

Lakes Route

Four lakes created by river dams high on a plateau close to medieval La Salvetat-sur-Agout - a centre for green tourism - make a wonderful place to enjoy watersports amidst forests of pine, beech, ancient oak and chestnut.

Swim, sail, canoe and kayak on the 400 hectare Lac du Lalouzas formed by a 50m high dam on the River Orb. Sailing enthusiasts only are welcome at Lac de Vesoles on a tributary of the Orb, but La Raviege dam on the River Agout has created a 410 hectare reservoir where all watersports are possible apart from jet-skiing and there is a supervised beach at Port des Bouldouires.

Watersports are also popular on Lac des Saint-Peyres on the River Agout. With its bracing air, clear waters and beautiful scenery le Plateau des Lacs is just as inviting for excursions on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.

Compostela Route

Routes to the most famous place of pilgrimage at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, northern Spain, cover many regions of France. Pilgrims, walkers and ramblers can follow one of the four main roads - the GR653 southern path which leads from Arles and crosses Herault.

Visit the beautiful Romanesque shrine of Gellone Abbey in St Guilhem-le-Desert, built in the ninth century. Gellone Abbey is one of the most important UNESCO World Heritage sites. Other churches along the route such those as La Salvetat-sur-Agout and Lodeve were resting places where pilgrims could pray, find food and even seek medical treatment.

Dinosaur Museum-Park, Meze

The whole family can take a voyage back in time over millions of years on this 15 mile² site where fossilized dinosaur nests were discovered in 1996.

Follow the path through a pine wood to see reconstructed skeletons including the largest complete skeleton of a brachiosaurus 80ft long and weighing 50 tons. Children can have fun digging for dinosaur bones in the adventure play area. Located between Meze and Montagnac on the RN113, the park is open all year except Christmas and New Year.

For times and prices tel: (00 33) 4 67 43 02 80.

Phare de la Mediterrane

Situated in the small fishing port of Pavalas-les-Flots, 13km south of Montpellier, this former water tower housing the tourist office has 2 exterior lifts taking visitors to a glass footbridge 110ft above offering a 360° rotating panorama of the Golf du Lion and the Montpellier lagoons.

The Canigou and Mont Ventoux are often visible inland on a clear day. A complete rotation takes and hour and there is also a restaurant.

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