Publié le : 08/25/2019 16:08:12
Catégories : Visites
Duration: 1 day
Distance: 25 km, about 1h30 by bike
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Agde, located in the Hérault department, between the mouth of the Hérault, the Mediterranean and the bottom of the Gulf of Lion, is a multifaceted city.
A port city since antiquity. Agde was favoured towards the end of the 17th century by the opening of the Canal du Midi.
For a long time the city has lived from maritime trade and fishing. The arrival of steamers at the great port of Sete caused the decline of activity on Agde.
Since the 1970s-1980s and the development of the seaside resort of Cap d'Agde, the city has been reborn and has become one of the main marinas in the Mediterranean.
Thanks to this itinerary, discover this town divided into three parts: the city centre, Grau d'Agde (along the Hérault river) and the seaside resort of Cap d'Agde.
Whether you are roaming on the Canal du Midi or you have just picked up your bike in the Paulette - Agde agency, 63 Avenue de Sète; get on your bike to discover the city and its different aspects.
From the agency, turn left and follow the D47 along the cycle path. At the third roundabout, turn left then right on rue Père Salles. Turn left (chemin des 7 Fonds), you will cross the railway and a campsite before reaching the Canal du Midi.
Take a first break to admire the Bagnas lock. Barges followed one another.
Follow the channel on your right. You will enter the sublime Bagnas Nature Reserve.
A real green lung between the seaside resorts of Cap d'Agde and Marseillan plage, this protected natural area is made up of old saltworks created by man, lagoons, sansouires, and salt meadows.
Stroll along the stony banks, in the middle of an exceptional fauna and flora. Birds, reptiles and amphibians are numerous.
After seeing the pools on your right, take the road again. You will follow the avenue du soleil before reaching two roundabouts and the cycle path on the D 612.
Go back in the direction of Agde. You will pass on a tarred track, then earthy.
To reach Cap d'Agde you have to cross the alleys of a residential area.
Before arriving at the port, visit the Musée de l'Ephèbe, which traces the history of the city.
You will learn more about the city in antiquity with the collections of amphoras and bronze statues.
Get to the port which is two pedal strokes away.
Lunch in front of the marina. We recommend the restaurant "Le Pitchoun" and its simple and gourmet cuisine.
Stroll along the quays and take the time to discover the seaside resort. Observe the countless yachts and sailboats as well as the majestic Ferris wheel.
Going down to the sea, stop for a few moments to discover the Plage de la Conque, the only black sandy beach in metropolitan France.
The colour of the sand and rock is derived from basalt debris. Agde is located on an alignment of basalt flows that extend from North to South, in the centre of the Hérault.
An ancient Strombolian volcano once stood in the area.
Away, contemplate the "rocks of the Two Brothers" that form the tip of the Cape. The latter two are the remains of a volcanic cone whose former location of the crater is located at sea.
If you have not visited the Musée de l'Éphèbe, approach the Pointe d'Agde to contemplate Fort Brescou, which stands on its volcanic islet one kilometre offshore.
This monument, designed by engineer Vauban in the 17th century, was first used to mark the entrance to the port. Over the centuries the place has been transformed into a prison.
Visit the island by taking a specialized shuttle bus.
Finally, return to Agde's city centre, which looks like a small village. Nicknamed "the black pearl of the Mediterranean", the centre has many basalt stone buildings.
The city, which dominates ancient strombolian volcano flows, has exploited volcanic stone for its architecture.
Admire "La maison du cœur de ville", the old town hall entirely built in black basalt.
If you have any strength left, pass between the old city walls, which are attached to houses in some places. Approach the "bishops' mill" on the banks of the Hérault. This former factory with its period fireplace is now a showroom.
Return south by the river banks.
You can dine at the restaurant "Mare Nostrum", an excellent floating terrace overlooking the Hérault river.
Enjoy fresh fish and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the sunset light.
To get back to Agence Paulette, go through the old town again and follow the D912 via the cycle path. The premises are on your left
Do you want to follow this route with your application or GPS? Feel free to consult our itinerary here and download it in GPX format!