The little village of Bessan is located 1.5 km from Domaine de Sainte-Véziane, set back from the busy resort towns, surrounded by vineyards, the Mont Ramus lava flow and the Hérault River.
This village of 4200 inhabitants is a great place to relax. It has a traditional market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, as well as a rich history of legends and folklore based on the donkey, the animal that is celebrated during the August festivals.
Visit the old town:
- Start with the promenade, a historical ball game, the ancestor of the tambourine.
- The old consular house, rebuilt in 1720.
- Place de la République, baptized in 1894 after the fountain with the statue of Marianne was installed. You can see many old homes around the square.
- The Sainte Pierre Church with remarkable Romanesque apse and wood and marble altarpiece.
- You will see the beautiful facades of mansions like the Jacomel de Cauvigny, decorated with ironwork.
- The Porte Saint Pierre, equipped with a drawbridge during the 16th century.
- You can also see the ruins of the Moulin Bladier on the banks of the Hérault.
THINGS TO DO:
- Taste the Bessan rosé, which has won the Cave Coopérative de Bessan competition several times.
- Try the Croustade, a cake with walnuts.
- Cueillette de Caillan , a farm where you can harvest your own fruit and vegetables from April to the end of October – Route de Marseillan
- Visit Cactus Park, with flowers and animals
- Go see the Mont Ramus Olive Oil Mill, guided tour and store – RD13