Balaruc-le-Vieux travel guide

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Balaruc-le-Vieux is a village on the north-eastern edge of the Etang de Thau in Languedoc Roussillon.

The small town has retained its circular form, a traditional defensive design in the Languedoc region, and the original medieval ramparts surround an attractive town of narrow streets waiting to be explored.

Exploring Balaruc-le-Vieux

Balaruc-le-Vieux is only a very small town and with limited facilities but well worth stopping off at for a quick exploration. Follow the walk around the ramparts, then explore the streets within the ramparts such as the Rue de l'église and the Rue du Chateau.

One particular highlight inside the town walls is the 14th century Church of Saint-Maurice, which is especially known for its stained glass windows, and for the bell standing exposed on the top of the church. You can also see a small part of the medieval castle that once stood here.

Perhaps the best time to visit Balaruc is during the 'medieval recreation' period in July, when the town steps back 500 years, and the streets are filled with medieval entertainments.

To visit near Balaruc

Nearby on the coast, Balaruc-les-Bains is a popular thermal spa resort, and has been since the 17th century.

Otherwise, tourism near Balaruc-le-Vieux is focussed around the Etang de Thau, which has several small port towns to explore such as Bouzigues, Loupian, and Meze, other towns on the Etang de Thau.

The town of Sete, just a few kilometres to the south, is a substantial town with several important religious monuments and museums, and an active port.

You can find more travel ideas in the Herault guide and the Languedoc-Roussillon guide.

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No visit to Bouzigues, on the Etang de Thau, would be complete without sampling the fresh oysters and mussels

Bouzigues guide


Take a stroll around the town of Loupian, then visit the 1st century mosaics at the nearby Roman villa

Loupian guide


Sete is a very active harbour town on the Etang de Thu

Sete guide


The harbour is the centre of activity in the fishing village of Meze, with oyster production active here for hundreds of years

Meze guide
Etang de Thau

Etang de Thau

The large lagoon of the Etang de Thau has several interesting small fishing villages around its edges

Etang de Thau guide


The Cathedral at Maguelone stands on a small volcanic island on the southern edge of the Etang de Thau

Maguelone guide

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Address: Balaruc-le-Vieux, Frontignan, Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, 34540, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 43.461, longitude 3.6852

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Etang de Thau: site of natural beauty (8 km)
  • Étangs palavasiens: site of natural beauty (14 km)
  • Pezenas: recommended detour (21 km)
  • Etangs du Bagnas: site of natural beauty (21 km)
  • Montpellier: secteur sauvegarde (23 km)
  • Mare Nostrum: aquarium (24 km)
  • Parc zoologique de Lunaret: zoo or wildlife park (25 km)
  • Parc et jardins du château de Flaugergues: remarkable garden (25 km)
  • Céressou: site of natural beauty (25 km)
  • Grotte de la Clamouse: site of natural beauty (29 km)
  • Saint Jean de Fos pont du diable (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (29 km)
  • Parc et jardin du château de Margon: remarkable garden (31 km)

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