The town of Béziers lies on the river Orb in the Languedoc region of France. It’s also called Baeterrae, after the Roman occupation, Béziers residents are known as Biterrois. The town’s well known for its song, street-dancing and bullfighting activities, culminating in the Feria de Béziers festival in August.
The Canal du Midi, which joins the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, has an impressive set of eight locks hewn out of stone at Bezier, allowing the canal to connect with the River Orb. You can see the island of Tabarka on the Orb, as you walk on the very charming Le Pont Vieux bridge across this river.
The archaeological site Oppidum d’Ensérune is by a picturesque marsh, Étang de Montady and attracts a rich variety of wildfowl. However, despite its rural location, Béziers is only about 10km from the Mediterranean Sea.
In the Saint-Jacques district of Béziers, the well preserved Roman era and 1905 very grand Spanish bullring style Arenas, host the August festival.
The Gothic style 14th century Saint-Nazaire Cathedral in the upper town is a must visit. The English style park Plateau des Poètes with its magnificent fountain of the Titan and many statues of poets, leads to the station. The nearby 18th century Old Cemetery (Cimetière Vieux) has an amazing display of local sculpture and ancient tombs. The Garden de la Plantade is perfect for peaceful strolls.
Also worth visiting are the Fine Arts Museum (Musée des Beaux-Arts) with the art collection of Jean Moulin and paintings by Henri Goetz, Hans Holbein and Vincent van Gogh. The former barracks musée Saint-Jacquesdepiucts showcases life in the Béziers region through the ages.
Posted : Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 at 11:00
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