Trip Start Apr 22, 2010
Trip End Jul 16, 2014

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Hotel Confort Béziers
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of France  , Languedoc-Roussillon,
Sunday, May 27, 2012

TGV 45 mins to Beziers, train station not so scenically placed as in Carcassonne, but there was a cool looking park opposite, and the map showed that our hotel should be reachable through the park; it was and was quick, but quite a steep walk. 

Accomodation was perfect for our stay, at a good price, with very helpful owner, and decent rooms.  Really good that within 10 mins of hotel, was train station, bus station, old town and a big avenue, but all in different directions.

Using the map she provided, we walked to the Roman part of town and saw an old ampitheatre through some gates, nothing to get excited about, but pleasant enough; then to church Jean Jacques (or similar), the great thing here was not the church, but the views across the river, towards the Cathedral and beyond.  The gardens behind the church offered great views and a place to rest.

Then we descended to the train station and went to Agdes.  Trains dont run that often during the day, but we'd done our homework so new when to go.  15 mins later we were off train and waiting for a bus.  Being a Sunday there was very limited service (nothing after 6pm), and always the buses are irregular, but they are timed to meet trains which was very lucky as we got one within 5 mins.  The next one was 2 hours later!

Bus to Cap Agdes took about 30 mins, which was longer than I thought it would be.  We planned to go to Richelieu beach, but we got off at wrong stop and went to Mo;e.  It was a bit rubbish, small tourist tat lined streets, and the beach a bit poor.  Lots of kebab emporiums, so we had lunch (much more pricey than elsewhere on our France trips), and then walked to the west, where the beach was made of relatively large shells, it was quite cool.  Then we walked back to bus stop (not that close to beach), and headed back to Agdes town.  We knew that by time bus arrived we would have missed a train, so we had 50 mins spare.  We got off the bus before the train station and saw Agdes town.  Really glad we did.  Before this point I was a bit underwhelmed by the Agde trip, but in town there was Medieval fayre going on, we walked down the parade of tents, through lovers lane, and then a procession of medieval types passed us.  Outside the toen hall there were ye olde soldiers shooting rifles, and then to the river where we could see a nice park and a tower/church thing.  Lots of life here, more so than Beziers.  We could have stayed longer, but wanted to head back to change before dinner, as in the evenings it was a bit cold for shorts and T-Shirt.  In the evenings trains run every 30 mins which is great.

Back to Beziers, pleasant walk, (without our bags!) to the hotel, changed, then off to dinner. We'd heard that Sunday's in Beziers are pretty dead, and that was true, but on the main avenue we found a kebab shop and also one restaurant; however we went into the old town and found about 5 restaurants open; some of which offered reasonably proiced set menus (13 to 20 euros). We opted for a Portugese restaurant with a 17.50 Euro menu. It was brilliant. Starter of really tasty veg soup, together with a platter of meats (chorizo, ham etc), cous cous and empanadas (fishy so not for me), then we both opted for the steak, and it was by far the boggest steak I have had in my life, other diners looked on at our extreme plate of meat! It also came with chips and rice, so very filling. The French really know how to cook the steak, much better than any I've had in England.  My desert we were totally full, but managed some mousse and custard tarts. Then they offered us a shot of strong alcohol, nearly made me lose my dinner!

We walked to the cathedral and saw the views from there, very nice indeed.

Back to hotel for about midnight.

Noce lie in, and checked our at 12.  We thought that buses to Valras Plage were frequent, but once again, they are only every 2 hours on Bank holiday's (as it was), we rushed down to the train station (less than 5 mins), and just made it to the bus for a sweet 50 cents.  Bus took 30 mins to get to Valras beach.  Now this was much better than Mole beach at Agdes.  The bus stopped at the start of a typical beach shop street, we had the most extreme ice cream I have had in my life.  Then we picked up a map at tourist info, which as ever was really good and staff helpful.  Then we went to the beach itself.  This was much more inviiting, with quite a wide expanse of sand.  I grabbed a beer from a marquee on the beach and then shoes off, we walked along the seashore.  Lots of families having fun; we didnt go in as did not have time for all that palava, but getting feet wet wwas sufficient. 

Then we walked to the port, rested a bit, before bus back to beziers bus station.  This meant we didnt have to walk up through the park, and was a wise move!  Picked up luggage and then down to train station for my bus to airport (1 euro 50).  Sad farewells to Josefina and then me home, and Josefina to get a 45 min train to Montpellier to continue her studies.

Really good mini trip; I would really recommend a long weekend like this (2 nights, costs per person: flight out £43, ,flight in £13; trains and buses in France £22; hotels £40.) Brilliant, and with a bit longer you could spend a day in Montpellier too.  Vive la France!

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