A Traveller's Guide to Beziers, France
The town of Beziers is located on a hill overlooking the River Orb around 6.2 miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of south-eastern France. The city is famous for the five-day festival Feria de Béziers which is centered around bull-fighting and held in August each year.
Getting to and around Beziers
To reach Beziers by road take the A9 motorway which runs along the Mediterranean coastline right past the town. Béziers Cap d'Agde Airport provides connections to Bristol, London, Dusseldorf and Stockholm. Alternatively catch a flight into one of the other major airports within easy driving distance of Beziers in the towns of Montpelier, Carcassonne and Perpignan.
The high-speed TGV rail line runs between Beziers and Paris' Gare de Lyon. Regional train services also connect the town to Toulouse, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Marseille, Barcelona and other regional centers.
The local bus service connects the nearby towns and villages with central Beziers. There is also a free tourist bus running between the train station and the town center.
The town itself can easily be covered on foot, with everything within easy walking distance. The tourist office provides a leaflet outlining four different walking tours of the town. Take the time to wander through the town's old streets and admire the medieval architecture, browse through the stores and stop at a café to watch the world go by. One of the main modern streets of Beziers is the beautiful tree-lined Allées Paul Riquet which has street art, shops and cafes.
Things to see and do in Beziers
The main sites to see in Beziers includes:
- Canal du Midi - completed in the 17th, the canal connects the Garonne River to the Mediterranean.
- Saint Nazarine Cathedral dates back to the 13th century and was a major staging point of the Crusades. The cathedral is situated in the high part of town and boasts stunning Gothic architecture.
- There are several religious buildings of historical significant including Chapelle du Jardin Notre-Dame, Chapelle des Pénitents Bleus, Saint-Jacques Church, the Saint-Aphrodise Church, Church of the Madeleine and Saint Jude Church.
- Plateau des Poètes is a vast English-style park that was established in 1867. The park features a fountain of the Titan by Injalbert and statues of various poets.
- The old stone bridge crossing the Orb River, Le Pont Vieux, dating back to the Middle Ages.
- Created in the 18th century the Old Cemetary, Le Cimetière Vieux, features old-style tombs and works by local sculptors.
- There are four museums in Beziers - Le Museum d’Histoire Naturelle, Le Musee du Biterrois and two different museums of modern art, one at Hotel Fabregat and the other located at Hotel Fayet.
- The town also has two art galleries, Espace Taurin and Espace Riquet.