Beziers is an off the beaten track city in the Languedoc, an area famed for its wine production. Less touristic than Provence, this area of France is the ‘Secret French Riviera’ and is set to be the next big travel destination in l’Hexagon. Beziérs’ prominent position atop of a large hill means that breathtaking viewpoints of Occitanie can be found pretty much around every corner. Here’s a quick guide on where to find the best view in Beziers!
Jardins de l’Eglise Saint-Jacques (St Jack’s Church Gardens)
The garden to the front of Saint Jacques church offers spectacular views onto the fortified Beziers Cathedral, the lower town below, and the rolling hills of the Languedoc region beyond. Best seen later in the day when the sun is lower and a golden light covers everything, a visit to St Jacques can easily be combined with a trip to the nearby Arènes de Béziers.
Les 9 Ecluses de Fonseranes (Fonserannes Locks)
Now designated a UNESCO world heritage site, the nine locks of Fonserannes are one of the most impressive architectural feats to have survived from the 19th-century. Comprising of a staircase of stepped locks, they lie along the Canal du Midi and are the third most visited place in Languedoc-Roussillon after Carcassonne and the Pont du Gard. Today, their position a few kilometres from Beziers mean that they also offer an amazing viewing point for enjoying the walled city from afar.
Point de Vue – Cathédrale Saint Nazaire (Panoramic Viewpoint)
Of course, if you do opt to visit Bézeries, then you simply must head to its wonderfully Gothic Cathedral, situated in the very heart of the old town city. Its edifice dates all the way back to the 13th-century and the building stands on the site of a former place of worship which was destroyed during the Albigensian Crusade.
Today, the ecclesiastical building is free to enter and even has a bell tower which is free to climb. To the front of the building, there’s a panoramic viewpoint which offers incredible views onto the fields below, and the vineyards beyond them. On a clear and sunny day, you can see as far as the foothill towns and mountains beyond.
Jardin des Eveques (Bishop’s Garden)
Of all the places to find the best view in Beziers, the Bishop’s Garden is probably my favourite. Complete with cloisters, the Jardin des Eveques is a hidden gem of Beziers which is not apparent at first sight. Tucked down a narrow entryway to the right-hand side of the cathedral, there’s a set of open-air cloisters. Wander through these and you’ll be greeted by another small doorway. Enter through this, descend the iron staircase and you’ll emerge into what is probably the prettiest place in all the city.
Pont Vieux (Old Bridge)
Currently closed to car and motor traffic, the only way to traverse the old bridge of the city is by bicycle or on your own two feet. After crossing the bridge and heading away from the city, look back and you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the fortified city rising up above your head. Glittering water flows below and the entire scene is as pretty as a picture-perfect vintage postcard!