Fontserannes Locks are 8 blocks that still form one of the highlights of the Canal du Midi. It is hard to imagine achieving these constructions, when they were made. The most interesting thing is to see these blocks from a boat. Don´t leave without visiting this.
The beautiful medieval Cathar city of Beziers was the scene of a political war about the unity of France disguised as a religious crusade. In 1209, the troops of the French king took Beziers. The commander asked the envoy of the Pope to distinguish Catholics from heretics and he replied: kill them all and God will identify his own. Very brutal
Situated in the center of Languedoc and along the Mediterranean, the Hérault Department is full of interesting places and towns worth visiting, such as Pézennas, Agde and Sète. Béziers is one of the main cities and plays the role of a good part of the territory. It is a charming place and full of things worth visiting, although it is true that it is unknown and not included on tours. One of these places is the Place de la Révolution, a tiny square in the back of the Cathedral of Saint-Nazaire. It is on top of a small hill beside the river Orb, visible from much of the city and suburbs (is of the first things that can be seen if one is coming towards the city from Narbonne), and it is a lovely example of French Gothic style. The Place de la Revolution is one of those places full of charm that one can discover walking around the old part of town. The area in front of the Cathedral did not seem very nice and, frankly, it was a little dirty, so I did not expect to meet such a lovely thing there. From there I began the descent down the old part of Allée Paul Ricard, a boulevard that is the commercial center of the city where there are numerous restaurants to sample dishes of high quality.
At the heart of Béziers is where a large part of dining and entertainment in this city is showcased. Department of Hérault (Languedoc-Roussillon). This is a passage with a pedestrian area with very broad wooded walkways on both sides for the movement of vehicles. The trees in the central part practically cover its surface, giving it a very special romantic touch. It is full of rooftop bars and restaurants that populate both sides of the boulevard. At one end is the city's main theater, opened in 1844. This building highlights the sculptures of David d'Angers and the bronze doors of Hardouin. On the other it opens up "le plateau des poètes" ("The Garden of the Poets"), a large English garden opened in the nineteenth century that allows the railway station to join the city's main artery, the boulevard Paul Riquet. This charming passage is named after Pierre-Paul Riquet, the engineer who carried out the work of the Canal du Midi. Riquet was born in Béziers in 1609 in a family of merchants and nobles and developed a thriving career in the administration of the salt tax (imposts). Riquet managed to find a solution to the problem of water supply in much of France proposing a canal connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Until then no one was able to find a technical solution, and Riquet achieved it through knowledge of the massif of the Montagne Noire, and the theories of Adam Craponne an engineer from Provence. These techniques are based on marking a watershed point to direct the flow of water. For the Canal du Midi this point was Naurouze seuil, 48 meters above the river Garonne. While realising the work, Riquet used the revenue as administrator of the Gabelas to reinvest in the building of the canal (two million pounds with a total cost of fifteen million), and received some of the tolls on it. He continued to be tenacious, even disobeying government orders. The Malpas Tunnel, eventually became the first tunnel of history created for the passage of a channel. Riquet's audacity was not limited to technical precision, as he was also the first to establish monthly pay for workers and Social Security.