Nature & Culture
Nature & Culture
Portiragnes and its region
Our campsite on the Mediterranean coast is ideally situated 200 metres from the seaside resort of Portiragnes plage. The latter is very popular for the quality of its water, its beaches and its landscapes. It is therefore not surprising that it has received several labels. If one can be satisfied with a walk on the beach or along the Canal du Midi, it is clear that there are many sources of interest in the surrounding area. The cultural and historical heritage of the Portiragnes region is not lacking in interest. So leave the campsite at Portiragnes and discover the surrounding area.
Only 1 hour from Portiragnes plage, Sète is a maritime city of character. City of poets, bordered by the Thau Lagoon, this authentic city is one of the jewels of the Hérault. People come here to discover the panorama that opens up to the Pyrenees from the Mont Saint Clair or for the canals that wind through the town. Gourmets come from Portiragnes for its oysters or to taste the local cuisine. With a fishing port in the heart of the town, there are numerous sea excursions.
A medieval town with a rich historical heritage, Pézenas is the native town of Molière and Boby Lapointe. In the image of these two men of letters, who were separated by several centuries, Pézenas is part of the modern era, with fabulous private mansions dating from the 16th century. You can stroll through Pézenas at a leisurely pace, discovering the many shops that make it so charming.
Connecting Toulouse to the Mediterranean Sea, the Canal du Midi is an emblematic figure for Portiragnes and its region. It can be travelled by boat, on foot and especially by bike, but each time you can’t help but be amazed by its beauty. From Portiragnes and the 5-star campsite Les Sablons, you can reach it in just a few minutes. In Vias, you can admire a unique structure on the Canal du Midi: “le pont bâche”. It is an essential structure for the Libron canal to flow towards the sea. Don’t forget to go and see the 9 locks on the Canal du Midi, not far from Béziers.
Located in Lauroux, the Labeil cave is situated at the southern end of the Causse du Larzac. It gives access to one of the most beautiful underground rivers. This cave, 50 minutes from Portiragnes, is remarkable for its crystals, its dolomitic sands and its sediments.
The city of Carcassonne is well worth the 1 hour 20 minute drive from Portiragnes. With a rich historical past, the object of many covetousnesses and battles, Carcassonne is a real gem. Known for its castle and ramparts, Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
55 minutes from Portiragnes, Saint-Guilhem-Le-Désert is considered to be one of the most exceptional sites in the Hérault. This UNESCO World Heritage site will appeal to all lovers of old stones. This small medieval village exudes authenticity and it is a pleasure to discover the craftsmen’s shops. The Giant’s castle, the prison tower or simply the village square are excellent reasons to visit.
The largest lagoon in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, l’Etang de Thau, at the foot of Mont Saint Clair in Sète, is one of the must-sees not far from Portiragnes. With 7500 ha, it extends from Sète to Marseillan. With Bouzigues, it is one of the largest oyster grounds in the region.
With its old streets and Roman remains, Marseillan is one of those towns with a real charm. You just have to walk around the streets to discover magnificent porches of bourgeois houses. Coming from Portiragnes beach, you will appreciate the statue of the republic, or the church of Saint Jean Baptiste.
If Bouzigues is, like the Etang de Thau, known for its oysters, its river port should not be neglected. Indeed, this one is divided into a fishing port and another one for pleasure craft. It is one of the first ports by the Canal du Midi on the lake and offers 99 moorings for a stopover. In addition to its good gastronomic addresses, you can also visit its sea museum which tells the history of sailors and fishermen.
This large nature reserve of over 400 hectares is a Natura 2000 site. A real treasure in terms of its fauna and flora, it is also remarkable for the diversity of its natural elements: salt meadows, reed beds, dunes and lagoons. The visit is accompanied by a coastal guide, with whom you can study the different species that inhabit the Grande Maïre.
The Bagnas reserve is located in the commune of Agde, a few kilometres from Portiragnes. The reserve offers many activities for adults and children. You can discover birds, amphibians, bats and the animals that inhabit the marshes.
With its great geological wealth, the Salagou lake is a place to discover. Its biodiversity is exceptional and unparalleled. Its surrounding landscapes are of rare beauty and create a landscape that immediately transports you to Mars. These rocky and geological formations, all as different as each other, are several thousand years old.