When visiting the département of Hérault, it is best to start with Pic Saint Loup, a mountain north of Montpellier. There are hiking trails from several villages surrounding the Pic, but the easiest and most popular one leads you from Cazevieille to the summit in about 1h30. The most convenient way is to go by car as the Hérault Busses don’t run that often. But tramping also seems to work quite well.
The word calanques is just a brilliant example of French onomatopoeia, don’t you think?
Once an important crossroad for trade, Narbonne thrived upon its position at the intersection of the Via Domitia and the Via Aquitania. Remains of the Via Domitia can still be seen in front of the town hall, the road was the first Roman road in the area and connected Italy to Spain.
The Festival of Lights or Fête des Lumières takes place every year around the 8th December as a celebration of gratitude towards St. Mary. I’ve heard several variations of the story concerning the event, but here is one short version of it: