The Herault is a department in southern France named after the Hérault river. It is part of the Occitanie region of the country. It is part of one of the regions of France of Occitanie and is surrounded by the departments of Aude, Tarn, Aveyron, Gard, and the Mediterranean (Gulf of Lion) on the south. The department is geographically very diverse, with beaches in the south, the Cévennes mountains in the north, and agricultural land in between. The important rivers are Orb, the Hérault and the Vidourle
Hérault is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Languedoc.
The Mediterranean beaches are a major attraction, as well as the caves of Clamouse and Demoiselles.
Pézenas, former Royal city, has one of the oldest French “secteur sauvegardé”, meaning an urban protected area. More than 30 mansions, with stone stairs, courtyards, decorated facades are located in a small perimeter .
Part of Cap d’Agde is a major nudist resort.
Cruising along the Canal du Midi and walking or cycling along the tow paths is a popular holiday option.
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|Area (km2)||6,101 km2|