Béziers to Olargues

59 km. Difficulty: Intermediate.  Type: Paved roads/greenway.  Starting Point: Béziers

Description: A ride that takes you from ancient cathar city of Béziers on the plains, north through the vineyards of Hérault, then up the beautiful Orb River to the outstanding village of Olargues, with its medieval bridge and classification as one the ‘Plus Beaux’ villages in France.

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Directions: From Béziers follow the D19 out of town to the first roundabout after it crosses the large D612. Hang a left here, onto the D39, and then a right onto the D14. Follow this fast (but well shouldered) road straight up till you see the sign for the Abbaye de Fontcaude – the D134E1. Take this quiet road to the hidden Abbey, where you can fill up your water bottles at the fountain – the same fountain that has been quenching the thirst of pilgrims (on their way to Santiago) for plenty of centuries.

This road squiggles its way up and down for a while till you run into the D20. Turn right here and head back the the D14. Now head north on the D14, which takes you deep into the hills along the Orb River, passing by pretty Roquebrun on the way. Once you reach Terrassac you will cross the Orb for the last time, and take the D908 for a little ways into La Travalle.

From here you need to find your way to the voie verte, which begins in the village, just north of the D908. This multi-purpose leisure path will take you right into the center of Olargues, a few km along the valley.

This ride can be linked up with the following to make a multi-day route:

Upper Languedoc Greenway

If you’d like an independent adventure with a little more organization, check out our self-guided tours.