41 Avenue Jean Jaures, 34490 Causses-et-Veyran
+33 (0)4 67 25 09 48
From €65 per room per night for B&B, or from €90 (minimum 3-night stay) for the self-catering apartment
Staying with cyclists is always a bonus when you’re on a cycling holiday, and Clos du Magnolia fits the bill. Jane and Merv are both cyclists and they know the roads around here well. Clos du Magnolia is a three-bedroom B&B, plus there’s a two-bedroom apartment that sleeps 4. It’s ideal for people who want to cook for themselves or who want a little more independence. There are loads of wonderful routes from the door. The Orb Valley river routes are an obvious choice, but there are also wonderful rides into the Cevennes, the Pyrenean foothills and through the Haut-Languedoc Natural Parc. For gentle rides, the Canal du Midi offers a tempting diversion. Merv and Jane have a pool for cooling off in after rides, plus there’s a lovely garden for relaxation and after-ride beers and vin rouge. Free wifi. Secure bike parking.
65B avenue du 22 août 1944, 34500 Béziers
From €90-€140, book online
L’Hôtel Particulier is located in a fully restored chateau in the centre of Beziers. There are just nine rooms here, offering a personal stay close to the Canal du Midi. There are lovely touches here, with inspired décor and a coffee machine in every room. Evening meals are available if you don’t feel like going out. Pool for guest use + a terrace and bar area. Free wifi. The staff can help with bike storage and hire if you need it.
7 rue Solférino, 34500 Béziers
From €52-€99, book online
This is an affordable hotel near the Béziers train station with a private garage that can be used for bikes. Great for families and groups, with single, double, triple and four-person rooms available. Continental breakfasts are served daily (ask about an evening meals service if you’re arriving late – there is 24-hour reception). Wifi available plus bar area.
3 rue Etienne Marcel, 34500 Béziers
From €45-€72, book online
Basic hotel near the Canal du Midi that will allow you to take your bike to your room with you (bikes can also be kept in reception). The hotel is busy with cyclists in summer and the manager also has an arrangement for bike storage at a local bike shop – a good option for groups. A cosy family run hotel, Hôtel Confort is nothing flash but it ticks the boxes for a budget B&B stop in the centre of Beziers. Free wifi.
80 allées Paul Riquet, 34500 Béziers
From €46-€90, book online
The two-star Hotel des Poètes is near the Parc des Poètes, not far from the train station. This is an affordable budget option with that’s good for groups and families (quad rooms available). It has house bikes for guest use (stored in a private bike garage) and also works with a bike rental firm for longer Canal du Midi rides. Free wifi.
27 Avenue de la République, 34310 Capestang
From €75, book online
The managers at Les Portes Soleil say they are used to seeing cyclists at the end of a long day’s ride. They offer a solid breakfast plus bike hire. There’s a pool for post-ride relief and free wifi. A good stop for Canal du Midi riders.
10 Rue de la Fontaine Sucrée, 34460 Cessenon-sur-Orb
+33 (0)6 52 61 26 17 or +33 (0)9 80 39 94 33
From: €68 per room, including hearty continental breakfast
A charming B&B that’s a perfect place to stay for cycling holidays. In the heart of the vineyards of St Chinian AOC and at the foothills of the Haute Languedoc mountains, it offers an ideal biking base. One of the oldest villages in Occitanie, Cessenon-sur-Orb still has its 800 year old bell tower – wander up to the top and enjoy the panoramic views of mountains and the valley. Have a drink at the local bar/cafe and soak up the ambiance. The village offers all amenities that you will need. At the end of a long hot day, take a cool dip in the river Orb.
60 Avenue Nina Simone, 34000 Montpellier
From €90, book online
This is a relatively new hotel, offering reliable budget chain accommodation. Located in the east of Montpellier, the Holiday Inn Express Odysseum is good for groups and families – some rooms even have small kitchens for self-caterers. There is no onsite restaurant but it is within reach of eating options. The hotel manager says staff will lock bikes in the luggage room overnight. Meeting rooms can also be made available for bike storage if you’re cycling with a larger group. The staff are also multilingual.
3 Rue du Palais des Guilhem, 34000 Montpellier
From €75, book online
The Hotel du Palais is handy for the train station. It’s pretty basic (2 stars), but we’re told it’s clean and friendly. There are just over two dozen en suite bedrooms, a secure bike store, and free wifi. Rooms have international TV (not usually standard at budget hotels in France), and free wifi.
17 Quai de Tassigny, 34200 Sète
From €120, book online
This is the end of the road for many cyclists riding the Canal du Midi. Le Grand Hotel is centrally located and ideal for accessing bars and restaurants for post-ride celebrations. The management told us two bikes could be kept locked in the hotel itself, with a private garage nearby providing storage for groups. There is free wifi, and the staff speak both English and French (as well as Spanish).
12 Boulevard Chemin Creux, 34350 Valras-Plage
From €67, book online
This is a welcoming hotel on the coastal path than is becoming popular as an alternative to the eastern end of the Canal du Midi proper. Great spot that’s handy for the beach (though there is also an onsite pool). Ideal for groups, with double as well as triple rooms. The hotel often hosts cycling groups and can provide safe bike storage as well as bike hire. Free wifi. French and English spoken (as well as a handful of other European languages).