68,24 km cycling route from Bédarieux to Béziers
Elevation of the stage
Waytypes of the stage
Surface of the stage
La Véloccitanie from Bédarieux to Béziers
A mix of tracks, country roads shared with motorized traffic, greenways and towpaths. At time of writing, the link between Bédarieux and Béziers is provisional as you approach Béziers. From Puimisson, head for Murviel-lès-Béziers and Réals, then ride along the greenway St-Chinian/Maureilhan up to the Canal du Midi at Colombiers, continuing on to the nine locks at Fonseranes beside Béziers. You can then reach the centre of this city via a short signposted hiking trail with temporary signs in place for cyclists.
Links with Le Canal des 2 mers à vélo and La Méditerranée à vélo EuroVelo 8 at Béziers
- Office de tourisme Grand Orb - Bureau de Lamalou: open year-round - 04 67 95 70 91 - bureau de Bédarieux: open year-round - 04 67 95 08 79
- Office de tourisme les Avant-Monts - Bureau de Magalas: open year-round - 04 67 36 67 13 - Bureau de Faugères: open 15 May to 30 September - 06 45 73 49 82
- Office de tourisme La Domitienne - Bureau de Cazouls-Lès-Béziers - Bureau de Colombiers: 04 67 32 88 77
- Office de tourisme de Béziers Méditerranée - Bureau de Béziers Centre historique et Maison des 9 Écluses de Fonséranes: open year-round
Maison Batelière: open 1 April to 4 November - 04 67 36 80 08 - 04 99 41 36 36
SNCF train services
- Gare SNCF de Bédarieux
- Halte ferroviaire de Magalas (a train stop)
- Gare SNCF de Béziers
- Bédarieux: wander along the Orb River, climb onto the surrounding causse plateaux and even admire the glass canopy over the railway station; the Faugérois area is packed with vineyards offering wines to taste and buy, so do stop either at a cave (cellar), a domaine (wine estate), a château (a grand estate), or a mas (a traditional southern French farm) to taste the fine wines produced in the Hérault AOC area and its neighbouring area, designated the IGP Haute-Vallée de l’Orb.
- Le Moulin de Faugères: restored in the 1990s, this windmill perched at 417m in altitude still employs the original period millstones installed by the Rivière brothers (millers here from 1829 to 1849) and the 360° panorama remains amazing. Further mills can be viewed in the vicinity, including a duo that can be freely visited at Lenthéric, a hamlet to be found by turning left from the D136 E6 towards Cabrerolles, these two mills interlinked, standing beside a stream, one a watermill, the other a windmill.
- Faugères: the site of Les Mates Basses – a three-hectare property belonging to the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc, reached via the GR de Pays Tour en Faugères hiking trail signposted in red and yellow and a wine shop selling Crus Faugères wines – offers an iconic presentation of the Languedoc Region’s traditional architecture in a remarkable natural setting, presenting visitors with an exceptional mix of old stone buildings, natural spaces and art, plus a refreshing walk through traditional vegetation, encouraging you to relax a bit before continuing under the strong sun that beats down on the typical scrubland of these parts, known as garrigue.