This trip is the perfect ratio of diversity to time. You start your journey in Mazamet at the foot of the Black Mountain on the Tarn side. You will take the 100% secure cycle track of the Passa Païs through the whole valley of the Haut Languedoc to Bédarieux. The bike path is very soft, calm, refreshing because very natural. A few pedal strokes later and you are in the sumptuous red landscapes of the Salagou lake. The next part is just as varied as you cross vineyards and olive groves before reaching Pézenas for a medieval stopover. Finish your cycling vacations in beauty by riding towards the coast. The Thau Lagoon offers you its gastronomic treasures with its white wine Picpoul de Pinet and its oysters, then finally the beautiful and big blue in Sète.
Arrival in Mazamet
Mazamet - Mons la Trivalle
You will take the path of the old railroad, connecting Mazamet to Bédarieux and you will penetrate a group of oaks and ash trees, which will offer you freshness and intimacy. You will leave behind the Black Mountain and enter the Jaur valley.
The Passa Païs will then offer you new landscapes, transition between the Atlantic climate and the Mediterranean climate. You will be surrounded by green oaks, pines and chestnut trees: you are in the Hérault.
The horizon opens up before you and offers you new colors and new vegetation. A few passages of higher level allow you to take height and to reach another point of view on the nature which surrounds you.
Mons la Trivalle - Mourèze
You will continue your trip on the Passa Païs in the direction of Poujols sur Orb, a pretty little village at the foot of the Caroux and Espinouse massifs.
This stage offers you an open scenery composed of chestnut trees, low shrubs of scrubland and multiple flowers.
You will then pass through the famous spa town of Lamalou les bains, with its historic town center and quiet streets. Do not hesitate to visit the bell museum on your way, in Herepian, just after.
You will then arrive in Bédarieux, at the gates of the Regional Natural Park of the Haut Languedoc, the end of your trip on the Passa Païs, which will have shown you all its facets.
You leave Bédarieux to take the direction of the UNESCO Site of the Lake of Salagou and the Cirque of Mourèze in an ocean of greenery.
The path is gentle and lets you appreciate the beauty of the wild nature of the Haut Languedoc.
The more you advance on the path, the more the scenery becomes red, typical color of the land of the Salagou site.
But before you get there, you head towards the village of Mourèze, famous for its dolomitic cirque and its white rocks.
You leave Mourèze to go down towards the Mediterranean and the scenery starts to change.
The olive trees make their appearance and you are surrounded by vineyards. You cross the domain of Cabrières, famous for its wines.
During this stage you will cross different villages allowing you to enjoy the historical charm of the region, churches and castles built in the 13th, 16th or 18th century.
At the end of the stage, you will arrive in Pézenas, emblematic city of the Hérault, known for its culinary specialties, its historical city center of the Middle Ages, its paved streets and its flea markets. City of
Molière and Bobby Lapointe, Pézenas has a thousand stories to tell. On the first Sunday of May and the second Sunday of October, it is the "Grand Déballage", an antique fair that stretches over nearly a kilometer. More than 200 professional exhibitors are present all day long.
It is high time to reach the big blue! On your way today: Local gastronomy and coastline.
The first part of the stage allows you to enjoy the vineyards of Languedoc. Among the most famous appellations of the region, cross Pinet and its emblematic dry white wine. Then head south! The Thau Lagoon can be approached from the town of Mèze. From there you have the choice to take the maritime shuttle to reach Sète or to complete your itinerary by bike. For the cyclists who continue, a stop in Bouzigues is highly recommended if you are a seafood fan!
The bike path around the Thau Lagoon is very pleasant and safe. You enter Sète through the historic fisherman’s quarter of the Pointe courte. The city of water and light is well worth your time before heading off to new adventures. Go to its large sandy beaches to relax after your stay.
Before leaving, don’t forget the tielle Sétoise (delicious local specialty).
On your arrival day, we provide you with:
- a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.
We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size
Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).
You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tarif tab)
For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags
with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to
be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.
For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking
(see rate in "Prices")
Our word of advice :
- We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
- Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
- We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental).
- We advise to take an extra set of clothes with you if you expect to arrive before 5p.m. at your accommodation.
as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.
Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy the itinerary and its points of interests.
Our documentation contains a very detailed description of the itinerary. No matter how you usually navigate, you will find your way thanks to our comprehensive guidance material including:
- a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
- a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest
Example of a map and of a step-by-step description
For this short trip your travel documents will be sent electronically.
Our GPS App
For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).
You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to
follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and
useful alerts on the way.
-> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will
be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
How to get to the starting point:
By plane: flight to Toulouse, then TER train to Mazamet
By train: TGV, Intercity and TER to Toulouse, then TER to Mazamet. Travel time from Toulouse is estimated at 1h45. To plan your trip, www.sncf-connect.com
If you are coming by car, you can park your vehicle in a quiet public parking lot at the start of the greenway in Mazamet.
Return to the starting point:
TER or Intercity train between Sète and Toulouse then TER between Toulouse and Mazamet