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It is with some trepidation that we even included this page because there is just so much of cultural interest in the area. This is inevitably just a taster of things mostly less than an hour, and certainly no more than an hour and a quarter, away by car:
In Pézenas there is the Molière Scènovision, A toy museum, and a museum of doors, yes doors.
In Sete is the wonderful Musée Paul Valery with an excellent permanent collection of local painting and a, usually ravishing, Summer exhibition every year. For a relatively small town Sete is very well endowed with museums; as well as the Musée Paul Valery there are the Espace George Brassens dedicated to the famous chanteur, the Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain, and the Musée Marine
Agde houses the Musée de l'Ephèbe which is dedicated to underwater archaeology and has some fascinating finds including fine bronzes
Montpellier is the regional cultural hub has the nationally celebrated Musée Fabre with its extensive collections of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts. The Pavilion Populaire mounts excellent photographic exhibitions and the Musée Fernand Michel is an much praised contemporary art gallery. There are a further eleven museums catering to many specialities.
Lodève is home to the Musée Lodève recently undergoing renovation but whose Summer exhibitions are normally well worth visiting and very well curated. Check their web-
Narbonne and Béziers too have interesting museums and, and, and………. Come and discover.
Music and Theatre
Pézenas has the slightly alternative L'illustre théâtre de Pézenas which mounts performing arts of all genres as well as the plush Théâtre de Pézenas housed in a deconsecrated church given over to victorian velour. Of the two the Illustre is usually more rewarding. The Eglise Collegiale Saint-
Montpellier, as you would expect is home to excellent Music, Opera and theatre. The Opera Orchestre National Montpellier is a grand extravagant full flown opera house and its orchestra is highly regarded. The Corum is a totally modern auditorium and houses the Opera Berlioz. There are many smaller venues. Look on the Montpellier tourism web-
Very close to home is the Petit Théâtre de Pierres is in the middle of the tiny commune of Fuzillon which has a very eclectic programme of music throughout the year.
The village of Tourbes runs its own jazz festival, Tourbes ‘O Jazz each Summer which is well worth catching if you can. The food, pre-
Sites of Interest -
Aigues Mortes -
La Grande Motte -
Abbaie de Maguelone -
Abbaie de Valmagne -
Villa Loupian -
Chateau de Cassan -
Cathedral at Béziers -
Neuf Ecluses -
This is just a taster but hopefully you can see that as well as some stunning scenery, and idyllic rural villages, we also have much to keep the culture-
Vineyards and Vignerons
Over the last twenty years the Languedoc has emerged from the shadow of cheap plonk and the wine lake to become the foremost area in France for finding Bio and artisan winemakers creating wines of exceptional quality and value. We can offer many suggestions to guests for tasting and discovery amongst the regions 5000 vingnerons.