The village of Autignac has about 900 inhabitants and is friendly, pretty and perfectly situated to "spider out" and discover the Herault. We have a couple of general stores, a pharmacy & post office. The cafe/restaurant sits in a pedestrian square and is a nice place to be on a summers evening. Autignac is surrounded by walking and cycle routes - no better way to see the countryside.
Cycling, hiking and geocaching
There are many routes to be taken on foot or on a bike which is the best way to see the countryside of the Languedoc. We can provide ideas for leisurely strolls or day longer hikes.
If you are an avid hiker the Languedoc is the place to be. Here you will find several hundreds of hiking routes both on and off the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc which is only kilometers away. We have detailed maps available to at least 73 routes of various length and difficulty in the Haut-Languedoc.
Cyclists can potter through the vines or head into the hills. If you want to train on your road bike (or hire one here) and feel like you are one of the Tour riders, have a look at our cycling page for more details.
Should you happen to love treasure hunting, well, if you haven't tried geocaching then you perhaps should? A perfect outdoor activity if you are looking for something more than just hiking. In our village of Autignac there are three treasures hidden. Will you find them?
Towns, food, festivals
Languedocien cities all have their tales to tell and are steeped in history; Béziers, Montpellier, Narbonne, Pézenas, Carcassonne all within an hour or so. You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to festivals - music, dance, food, wine. The Beziers Feria, the food "halles" in Sete and Narbonne and the Pezenas Saturday market are colourful, traditional and fabulous.
The Canal du Midi
The plane trees that line the Canal du Midi offer it's visitors welcome shade on hot days. You can walk, cycle or cruise along this amazing waterway which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the brain child of Paul Riquet. Why not take a picnic to the Canal at Beziers to watch the barges descend 25 metres through 9 locks. (les neufs ecluses)
The Languedoc-Roussillon is the largest wine producing region in the world. Traditional and new world methods are being used to create award winning reds, whites, rosé, sparkling and sweet wines. We can recommend wineries where you can taste their particular nectar. Alternatively you could take a day or half day organised wine tour. The Faugères (to where Autignac belongs) is an up-and-coming wine region in the world and - truly - hosts some of the most innovative and creative wine makers in the world.
The beaches close to us are safe and clean. For a lovely simple beach days, head to Serignan or Portiranges on the Mediterreanean. Enjoy lunch in one of the beach restaurants or take a beer and tapas as the sun sets over the sea. For families needing more to do Valras plage and Cap d'Agde offer more entertainment for kids; water parks, aquariums, fun fairs. Some of the beaches accept dogs. Ask us for more information.
Rivers & Mountains
For sporty water lovers you can Kayak or hydrospeed down the river Orb. If that seems too hectic, there are many spots to swim or dip your toes to cool off. We can organise fly fishing or you can visit the amazing Gorges d'Heric where you and swim in the rock pools or walk right to the top. Roquebrun and Olargues on the river are officially two of the most beautiful villages in France.