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Balaruc le Vieux - a circular village

The historic village of Balaruc le Vieux is what is known as a "circulade" village; a defensive form that is a feature of the region. From the chapel with its bell tower, through the narrow, winding streets to the castle and the old ramparts, the village is packed with historical and architectural interest, as well as a heavy dose of mediaeval charm. Nearby is the lovely salt water lagoon of the Etang de Thau, known for its flamingoes and its superb shellfish, and many lovely towns and villages, Mediterranean seaside resorts and interesting places to visit.

Delightful atmosphere in the old part of the village

The old part of the village has a delightful atmosphere, and walking around the ramparts and little streets one can almost imagine being back in mediaeval times. In fact, the village has a fabulous mediaeval festival every summer, where it seems that the entire population don their costumes, becoming knights, ladies and peasants, and when everyone can enjoy watching stunning displays of horsemanship and period re-enactments. The historic buildings and fascinating form of the old streets and buildings offer a wealth of heritage for those interested in the past life of this fascinating part of the Languedoc.

Modern facilities on offer as well as many activities

Now around the village there is also a modern development of hotels, restaurants and shops, including a Carrefour supermarket taking care of all your everyday needs. Out and about in the countryside, or at the coast, sportive types are well catered for. Water sports are popular at the coast, with sailing, swimming, jet skiing and scuba diving on hand, or inland you can take to the trails through the countryside for walking, cycling or horse-riding. The region is also a massive wine producing area, and wine tours and tastings are a great way to spend a day or two!

Very close to Balaruc les Bains

There is so much to see and do, right on your doorstep from a base in Balaruc le Vieux, that you will never be bored. Balaruc le Vieux is almost connected to the thermal resort of Balaruc les Bains, on the shores of the Etang de Thau which offers a wealth of wildlife to enjoy, plus a vast choice of seafood restaurants and lively bars where you can enjoy the local specialities of shellfish and Languedoc wines.

Explore charming villages and Cathar cities

Charming villages such as Mèze, or the heritage town of Marseillan invite you to visit, while all the fun of the Med can be found at resorts like Narbonne, Port Leucate or Cap d'Agde. The Cathar cities of Carcassonne and Béziers are must see attractions, and there are plenty of other Cathar related sights within reach of the village.

How to get there

You can fly to any one of a number of accessible airports, with direct flights from the UK. Consider Montpellier and Béziers first as these are the closest, or you could use Carcassonne, Toulouse or Perpignan. Montpellier is served by easyJet and Ryanair, while Béziers is served by Ryanair. The TGV runs to Agde, but if you are driving you will easily reach Balaruc le Vieux from the A9 motorway.

Property prices and availability in and around Balaruc le Vieux

Property in and around Balaruc le Vieux is highly desired, so prices are not low. However, it is possible to offset the costs of buying a property here by renting it out when you are not using it, as many holidaymakers flock to the area every summer, and character villages such as Balaruc are among the "most wanted".

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Balaruc le Vieux AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Balaruc le Vieux?

Balaruc le Vieux is located in the central south of France. It lies in the south of the Hérault department.

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IN THE REGION OF LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HÉRAULT

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Population: 1,802


Access: By air: Fly to Montpellier or Béziers. By rail: Take the TGV to Agde.By road: The town is found close to the A9 motorway.


Economy: The economy is concerned with tourism.


Interesting fact: The village is built in a circular shape, a defensive style unique to the region.


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