Redesigning the Tourist Office’s websites

The www.valras-plage.net, www.beziers-tourisme.fr and www.beziersmediterranee.com websites are going to get a new, modern look and will be brought together in a common portal. This reorganisation will mean the sites involved not being available at times.
Please do not hesitate to contact our holiday advisors throughout the year at Valras-Plage: +33 (0)4 67 32 36 04 and Béziers: +33 (0)4 67 76 84 00 or by email accueil.tourisme@beziers-agglo.org.
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Béziers Cap d’Agde Airport in Languedoc: 130,000 passengers in 2010

Béziers Cap d’Agde Airport in Languedoc is experiencing a period of soaring growth. Ryanair has launched five new services there in 4 years: Bristol and London (2008), Düsseldorf (2009), Stockholm (2010) and Oslo (2011). Links to Denmark have also been created. Flybe has announced new routes between Southampton and Béziers with two different types of client: holidaymakers and business travellers. What’s more, handling 130,374 passengers between 1 January and 31 December 2010 means Béziers Cap d’Agde Airport in Languedoc has set a new record for the highest level of annual traffic since its creation. This level of activity has been distinguished by a third consecutive year of strong growth (+49% in 2010) and it is set to continue in 2011.

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Christmas Dip at Valras Beach

There’s a really invgorating way to celebrate the festive season in the Béziers Mediterranean region: A Christmas swim! Join around 200 other brave swimmers for a Christmas dip from the town centre beach at Valras-Plage, from 10 am on 18 December.

Start with a group warm up, take the plunge into the Mediterranean sea, then warm up again with mulled wine afterwards. Santa will be there in his bathers too. Great atmosphere and great fun.

Meanwhile, from 10-12 am, Mother Christmas and her elves will parade the allées de Gaulle in her carriage to the music of Jingle Bells, handing out sweets to the kids. A treat for all the family, not to be missed!

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Wine and Christmas markets

Béziers’ Mediterranean tourist office has come up with a fun way to celebrate the festive season: exploring the delights of the city’s wine cellars! From Advent until Epiphany (November 25 until January 2), visitors are invited to tour the cellars in each of the participating vineyards throughout the area.

A great way to discover and taste the famous wines of the region, but in an original, fun and festive manner, celebrating the time-honoured traditions of the Languedoc. Sipping nectar, while learning the recipe for nougat icecream, after taking a tour of the vineyards; eating truffles while listening to the Christmas choirs… What could be nicer?

While you’re there, be sure to visit the Christmas markets in the region. The Béziers Christmas Market takes place in the lively pedestrian area around the theatre and the Allées Paul Riquet from 11 December to Christmas Eve. But also visit some of the other character markets in the region, such as the Xmas craft market in Abeilhan from 27-28 November, and Occitan Christmas market in Sauvian on 11 December.

The markets are a great opportunity to find some Christmas gift ideas, traditional Christmas decorations and lots more, including delicious local specialities. Shop til you drop!

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Flamenco in Winter Festival

Béziers, from 4 to 14 November 16th

This international festival, well known from Britain to Argentina, opens on Nov. 4. The “Flamenco in Winter 2010” will run until November 14, in various venues around Béziers.

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Béziers Mediterranean – A lovely place for an autumn break

The Canal du MidiIf you are thinking about taking an autumn break, consider the Béziers Mediterranean region.  Situated in the Hérault (the warmest ‘department’ in the South of France), the Béziers area has much to offer at this time of year, both in the town’s lively historic centre and in the surrounding countryside which extends to the coast.  Cycle along the tree-lined banks of the Canal Du Midi, walk on the beach or wander through centuries-old vineyards and sample the celebrated wines… 

Explore medieval towns and villages with their leaning stone-built houses, cobbled streets, pretty churches and bustling market squares.  There are 13 towns and villages in the area, all worth a visit, including Bassan, Boujan-sur-Libron, Cers, Corneilhan, Espondeilhan, Lieuran-les-Béziers, Lignan-sur-Orb, Sauvian, Servian, Villeneuve-les-Béziers, and Valras-Plage. Fine food and wineOne little gem, Sérignan, even has its own Contemporary Arts Museum, famed throughout France. There are plenty of good value ‘brasseries’ throughout the region, offering 3-course menus with wine for lunch or dinner from 13 euros. 

Sail along the coastOn the Mediterranean coastline, you’ll find wide sandy beaches backed by sand dunes, salt-water lagoons and vineyards. Sail along the coast, or choose a base: from the ‘buckets & spades’ seaside resort of Valras-Plage to the quieter seaside village of Sérignan Plage on a protected stretch of shoreline.   Here you can still find places where yours will be the only footprints in the sand….

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Béziers Mediterranean New Wine Festival

This year’s festival of New Wine (Vin Nouveau) kicks off on 21 October for 4 days of wine tasting and events across the whole Béziers Mediterranean area.
There will be classic wine tastings in wine cellars, banquets, a wine-tasting bike tour and ramble, bus tours of wine-growing estates and châteaux, markets, music, a parade and a beach party. See the full programme on the New Wine Festival page.

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