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Situated between Montpellier, Pézenas and Beziers, and near the coastline of the Mediterranean sea, Domaine Saint Hilaire is the perfect base to discover the Languedoc region. The real South of France enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year, unspoilt landscapes, extending wine fields, historic sites, fishing villages, canals, lagoons and miles of sandy beaches. Below we have some suggestions for you. Additional information is available at the domaine and of course we would be pleased to give tips for a wonderful stay.

Nearby towns & villages

Pézenas is a beautiful historic town a short drive from the domaine. The medieval and renaissance-era centre is lined with restaurants, art galleries and antique shops. We particularly enjoy the evening soirées that are held each week in the summer where the whole town comes alive with activity in the cool of the evening.

Marseillan, Mèze and Bouzigues are fishing villages on the Étang de Thau and are all a short drive away. These villages are famed for their oysters and other seafood and each has a collection of restaurants lining the pretty harbours.

Cap d'Agde and Marseillan Plage are our local seaside resorts with excellent watersports (see section below) and miles of sandy beaches.

Montagnac is our closest village. Although only small it has several artisan shops with fresh local produce, a few typical rural French bars and restaurants and a lovely medieval church. Guided tours are available in summer. See a short video about Montagnac made by the Mayor's office here on YouTube with some nice aerial views of Saint Hilaire 2m 23s in.

Sète is an interesting mix of historic renaissance-era town, modern fishing port and the corniche with its long sandy beach. Enjoy the excellent seafood restaurants, a boat trip round the canals or soak up the summer atmosphere in the beach bars on the corniche.

Montpellier is about 40 minutes away and is the regional capital of the Languedoc. It is particularly popular for its historical centre, shopping or just people watching on the many plazas - especially the marbled Place de la Comedie.

Historical Sites

Just the other side of Montagnac is the Abbaye de Valmagne which is a well preserved medieval abbey that has been a wine producing estate since the abbey's dissolution around the time of the French revolution.

One village further away are the remains of the roman villa / vineyard of Loupian

About 90 minutes away by car but well worth the visit is the City-Castle of Carcassonne. This fully preserved / restored fortified town is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most visited tourist sites in France.

Also about 90 minutes away is the iconic Pont du Gard an extremely well preserved roman aquaduct now also a UNESCO world heritage site.

Finally, in about 45 minutes you can arrive at Saint Guilhem le Désert. This medieval village is classified as one of the most beautiful of France and is another UNESCO site. Do not forget to vist it's abbey and the nearby Pont du Diable. You can also go for a nice stroll on one of the many walking circuits or visit the Clamouse caves.

Sea, beaches, canals & watersports

We are 10 minutes from the water's edge of the Étang de Thau (famed for its pure water and for supplying oysters to many of the best restaurants across Europe) and beyond that the Mediterranean. Unsurprisingly there is a huge array of watersports available nearby as well as picturesque locations to relax by the sea.

Étang du Thau
Yacht club de Meze
Kite surf Marseillan
Canal du Midi
Watersport at Sète
Boat trips from Sète
Beach bars & restaurants

Our own boat trip from Marseillan to the famous oyster beds of Bouzigues (email us )

Water Jousting

Unique to our area is water jousting. This traditional sport pits two teams against each other in boats. Each team tries to knock their opponent off a raised platform into the water using a wooden lance. Matches between the local seaside towns and villages take place all summer and are very competitive culminating in a grand final on the main canal of Sète ... not to be missed.

Walks & bike tours

There are many well marked trails for walks and bike rides. Along the roman Via Domitia, the Canal du Midi, the beaches or through the vineyards and into the mountains, enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Languedoc region and its spectacular views.

Walks and cycle trails
Cycling Languedoc
VTT routes Herault


Golf

There are different Golf Clubs to choose from in the area. Enjoy your 18 holes in typical Mediterranean scenery.

Golf in the Languedoc
Saint Thomas golf
Golf Club Coulondres, St. Gely du Fesc


Horseriding

Discover trails only accessible this way and enjoy spectacular views on horseback.

Horse-riding in the Herault region
Le fer a cheval, Meze
Les beluguettes, Montagnac


Museums

There are various interesting museums in the area. From the famous Fabre museum in Montpellier, a museum about the oysters tables in Bouzigues, The Noilly Prat cellars, the Éphebe museum in Agde and many more.

Museums of Pezenas
Cultural Montpellier
Museums of Sète
Musée de l'Ephèbe at Agde
Noilly Prat, Marseillan