One of many many causes Thibault and I had been excited to maneuver to Montpellier was due to the nice mountain climbing within the space. To date, the hikes round Montpellier haven’t upset. There’s a nice vary too, from leisurely walks to difficult and technical routes.
What makes Montpellier nice for mountain climbing fans?
Montpellier is a sprawling mid-size metropolis within the South of France about six miles (10 kilometers) inland from the Mediterranean Sea. To the north and northwest are varied French nationwide parks, and to the southwest are the Pyrenees Mountains, an enormous vary spanning greater than 305 miles (430 kilometers) alongside the French and Spanish border. (It is a area I’d like to discover extra of. I bought a style when exploring Girona with my brother and mother in 2019 and this content material creator all the time had essentially the most stunning pictures of her time dwelling there.) Whereas we’ve got but to enterprise over to the Pyrenees, we’ve taken benefit of getting a automotive to discover a number of routes inside ninety minutes driving of the town middle.
Please notice that every one distances from Montpellier are famous by way of driving time. For data on essentially the most up-to-date technique of reaching these places by way of public transport, please see the vacationer web sites, which I’ve linked on the finish of every part.
Lac du Salagou
Distance from Montpellier: 1 hour
What we cherished about it: Properly-maintained trails for simple strolling, attractive purple filth that blazes within the sunshine, sense of group with different walkers (this route is fashionable!).
Different prospects: Good for a picnic, mountain biking, or exploring with youngsters.
Yow will discover extra data on the vacationer web site right here.
Distance from Montpellier: half-hour
What we cherished about it: Extra of a stroll than a hike, with loads of alternatives to view wildlife equivalent to flamingoes within the shallows and soak up attractive views of the ocean. There’s additionally a restaurant positioned on a winery the place you may cease and have a snack or a meal, in addition to peruse the reward store.
Different prospects: Within the summertime, this could be a wonderful seaside day. We went in January and opposite to what individuals will inform you, the South of France does expertise chilly climate. It’s temporary and never that dangerous as a result of there’s often lots of sunshine, but it surely does get very chilly, particularly when that solar goes down.
Because the French say: Consideration ! The strolling path right down to the ocean commences with a stroll over a bridge that’s raised within the night. You’d assume that this could be trumpeted to all who cross over the bridge, however no, there’s just a bit plaque offering the knowledge to passerby, and too dangerous should you didn’t learn it in your manner in. Thibault and I didn’t make it again earlier than the bridge was raised for the night, which resulted in a five-kilometer stroll to a fuel station (accessible solely by crossing a freeway on foot), which was adopted by an Uber again to the place we’d parked our automotive. The worst half? We couldn’t even actually complain, as a result of the opposite individuals trapped had been a pair with a child in a stroller and their canine. I child you not, the employees refused to lift the bridge and subjected this household to a twilight traipse in the course of nowhere.
Yow will discover extra data on visiting Villeneuve les Maguelone right here.
Cirque de Navacelles
Distance from Montpellier: 1 hour and quarter-hour
What we cherished about it: This was a correct hike in what is outwardly Europe’s deepest canyon? Who knew! We went rather less than 8 miles (13km) in a beautiful loop that took us by forest, previous tiny historic stone cottages and a water mill, and had been handled to nice panorama views on the ultimate descent.
Of notice: As of this writing, it’s a bit unclear the place the path begins whenever you arrive as a result of there’s development occurring on the finish of the carpark. You possibly can stroll across the development fencing and choose up the trailhead behind it!
Extra data on the Navacelles Circuit, together with historical past and different technique of attending to the canyon, will be discovered right here.
Distance from Montpellier: 1 hour 40 minutes
What we cherished about it: This isn’t actually one path a lot as an space with a ton of various choices. You even have some areas the place you may climb if that’s one thing you’d be serious about studying, and go canyoning within the summertime. There’s additionally a pleasant touristic path that connects lots of the small villages, so should you do an enormous stroll up and across the mountains and are available down on the identical facet, there’s likelihood you may gentle on the flat strolling path to get again to the village you began from. That is what we did, ranging from Mons La Trivalle, and it labored nice.
We additionally discovered our route on the app Visorando. It’s a terrific app and really useful however watch out to convey a backup battery to your cellphone and attempt to keep in mind to obtain the map earlier than you permit so that you’re not draining your cellphone’s battery within the mountains.
Yow will discover extra data on visiting Gorges d’Heric right here.
And that’s a wrap on all the hikes we’ve completed since transferring to Montpellier!
When you’ve got any questions, please depart them within the feedback under and I’ll do my greatest to reply them 🙂