What to Do
The area around St-Bresson offers many, many things to do—so many that naming all of them is impossible. What we’ve done with this page is to give you an idea of the types of activities you can do and the types of places you can see in the region.
In the south of France, the market is traditionally the place where residents buy everything—live animals, food, clothing, pottery, jewelry, furniture, and so on. In the last ten years or so, supermarkets and American-style malls have crept up around the country, but in the south the market is still an important part of the culture, and a fun experience for tourists.
Almost every town has at least one market day a week. Markets are typically spread throughout the center of town, often in the middle of the streets. Markets typically start at 8:00 am and end around noon or 1:00 pm. Tourist-friendly items such as linens and pottery are more readily available in the high season and mid season, but the markets are open year-round.
Here is a short list of local and not-so-local markets, with distances from St-Bresson:
- Le Vigan: 8.5 km / 5 mi
Market days are Saturday and Tuesday.
- Ganges: 15 km / 9 mi
Market day is Friday.
- Uzès: 60 km / 38 mi
Market day is Saturday. Worth the drive for the huge selection of shops and market vendors. Uzès has become a favorite destination for visitors from Great Britain, and the tourist season seems to extend throughout much of the year
Art & Antiques
The light and shadow of southern France has inspired many artistic movements, including Impressionism, Fauvism, and Cubism. Painters such as Cézanne, Léger, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Matisse, Braque, and Picasso and worked in Languedoc-Rousillon or nearby.
Galleries and potteries abound in the region. Here are few we’ve discovered.
- Aux Couleurs de la Terre
- St-Guilhem-le-Désert is a magnet for artists and tourists alike. The town has several galleries, and this particularly good pottery shop.
- St Quentin-la-Poterie-Maison
- You can find excellent ceramics here in this studio specializing in the Mediterranean ceramic arts, in the lovely medieval town of Sauve.
- You can find many galleries and shops here, about a 2-hour drive from St-Bresson.
Beaches & Swimming Spots
There is a very popular bathing spot at the Cascade de la Vis, only a 5- to 7- minute drive from St Bresson in St-Laurent-le-Minier. In the summer, this area is packed with picnicers and sunbathers, so the locals have dubbed it “the Riviera.”
If you’re in search of the real deal, you only need to drive an hour or so to the Mediterranean coast. Palavas les Flots is the most popular beach in Montpellier. For something less trendy, head southeast along the coast for the beaches near Sète, the “Venice of the Languedoc.”
For those of you looking for something more trendy, St. Tropez, Cannes, and Antibes are a 3-hour drive to the northwest. Marseille and the Côte d’Azur are a few hours away along the coast, east of Montpellier.
There are many interesting and spectacular town in and around St-Bresson. Here are a few of them.
- Pont du Gard
- Villeveyrac-Abbaye de Valmagne
Canoeing & Kayaking
There are a few companies renting canoes and kayaks on the Hérault River, about 20 to 30 minutes south of Ganges along the road to Montpellier.
- Canoë Le Moulin: 20 km / 13 mi
St-Bauzille-de-Putois 04 67 73 30 73
- Canoë Montana: 20 km / 13 mi
St-Bauzille-de-Putois 04 67 73 36 76
- La Compagnie des Canoës
de St-Guilhelm: 45 km / 28 mi
St-Guilhelm-le-Desert 04 67 57 44 99
Les Lis is located on the southern edge of one of the strangest and most beautiful landscapes in all of France: the Cévennes.
The Cévennes National Park is designated as a World Biosphere Reserve. In the park you’ll find over 2,250 species of flora, and over 2,240 animal species, including tawny and black vultures, beavers, stags, roe deer, mouflon, grouse, and crayfish.
About 40 km from Le Vigan is Mont Aigoual, the tallest peak in the region and a favorite destination for hikers and cyclists.
The Languedoc-Rousillon is a very fine and ancient wine-producing region. The Greeks planted vines in this area as early as the 5th century BC. The Pic St-Loup area, south of St-Bresson, produces red wines of quality and character that often require considerable aging.
Here are some vineyards in the area. Call for times and directions
- Domaine de la Deveze: 26 km / 16 mi
Montoulieu 04 67 73 70 21
Has won prizes for its merlots
- Chateau de l’Hortus: 42 km / 26 mi
Valflaunes 04 67 55 31 20
- Domaine de la Roque: 48 km / 30 mi
Fontanès 04 67 55 34 47
- Chateau St. Georges d’Orques:
63 km / 40 mi
Laverune 04 67 27 60 89
Produces fine red wines with a scent of dried herbs
- Domaine Alquier: 93 km / 58 mi
Faugères 04 67 95 15 21
Producers of strong dark red wines
- Domaine Ste-Anne: 112 km / 70 mi
Bagnols-sur-Ceze 04 66 90 11 03
Bagnols is the center of Languedoc’s cotes du rhone production
- Chateau de l’Hospitalet: 151 km / 94 mi
Narbonne 04 68 45 36 00