Tucked away in the heart of Languedoc, Hérault can be visited for its seaside location, from the resorts of Valras-Plage, La Grande Motte with its crazy architecture, Le Cap-d'Agde, Sète, the Étang de Thau, a saline lake where shellfish are farmed, and Frontignan. On the agenda: relaxation, swimming, boating and, of course, sampling tielles, oysters and Muscat.
After your time on the coast, head inland, into the Haut-Languedoc Nature Park and the Cirque de Navacelle. The Grotte de Clamouse and Grotte des Demoiselles are spectacular limestone caves, and offer an opportunity to get out of the summer heat.
The pretty hinterland villages may guarantee peace and quiet, but you will also appreciate the lovely towns of Pézenas, Lodève and Montpellier, the dynamic capital of this département.
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