Discoveries and heritage
Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the beautiful French countryside, Domaine de la Dragonnière is centrally located for many activities.
Take peaceful nature hikes or enjoy some exciting and fun activities, Languedoc gives you an open door to discovery!
Located approximately 5km from the fine sandy beaches of the Med, the Domaine de la Dragonnière will allow you to take advantage of the joys of the Mediterranean.
Perfectly located along the sea, the region of Hérault offers you 100km of coastline to discover and rediscover over and over again. Whether you enjoy water sports or sunbathing, you will be able to find all of your favorite activities on some of its most beautiful sandy beaches.
Don’t hesitate to ask for information at the reception.
“Miles of fine sand, a serene sea, huts, nautical bases, supervised beaches. The Mediterranean offers what is best here: charm and facilities. ”
Canal du Midi
Located at 3 km from Sandaya Domaine de la Dragonnière, discover the Canal du Midi, listed as a world Heritage Site by Unesco since 1996.
This unique work, designed by Pierre-Paul Ricquet in the seventeenth century will charm you with its scenery and the architectures of its gates (écluses).
On foot, by bike or by boat… you can discover the Canal du midi in many ways. Do not hesitate to ask at the front desk.
The Regional Natural Park of Haut Languedoc
Here, one finds a beautiful landscape overlooking the Languedoc. The Mediterranean is at hand, and the ocean is not far. On both sides of the divide, water leads to the Atlantic or to the Mediterranean: the “meeting of two midis” In the meeting of the two, feel and see how the landscapes are different. But everywhere, a common language and culture: Occitan.
“Benvenguda al Pargue of regional natural Lengadòc Naut !! ”
Saint Pons de Thomières (68km)
Minerve Cathar City
Castles and defenses sites
Between Cevennes and Montagne Noire, the city of Minerva is built on a rocky spur overlooking the gorges of the Cesse and Brian. The natural bridges in the Cesse valley make it an exceptional geological site. Marked by the footprint of hunter-gatherers from prehistory, Minerva is best known for the role it played in 1210 when it was the seat of the painful crusade against the Cathars. Historic capital of Minervois, it is now one of the most prestigious gates to the Regional Natural Park of Haut-Languedoc and among the “Most Beautiful Villages of France”. During a weekend or an extended stay, take the time to discover this land of history, to sample the AOC wines, enjoy the flavors of this land and meet the inhabitants thereof.
Minerve (25 km)
“A dive into Cathar country. Throw yourself into the past of the Templars in the heart of the ramparts of Carcassonne, discover the hilltop village of Minerva, get dizzy, it will take your breath away.”
Saint Guilhem Le Désert
At the heart of the Gorges of Herault, in the Val de Gellone, the medieval city of Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert stretches its alleyways along a lush green setting, following the Curl Verdus stream. It has stretched its old streets and alleyways, under the sun of Languedoc for nearly twelve centuries. Built around the Abbey Gellone, the village that has retained a strong medieval character, constituting a rare harmony in the Languedoc. Grand Site of France ®, is one of the most beautiful villages in France and its abbey is now a World Heritage Site by UNESCO registered as a site of pilgrimage on the route of St Jacques de Compostela in France …
St. Guillem le Desert (67km)
From Cave Clamouse
One of the most beautiful caves in France, environmentally friendly lighting, eco-friendly site. Original show: “Magnificat poem Clamouse”. Site classified by the Ministry of Environment in 2005.
Cirque De Navacelles and Gorges De La Vis
Ecological and geological wonder, nestled in the heart of the Causses whose megalithic concentration is one of the largest in France, Cirque de Navacelles canyon and 300m, dug by the inhabitants of VIS for millennia, offers visitors spectacular views and hosts fauna and flora, rare and exceptional. At the heart of the perimeter “Causses and Cévennes”, recently classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, the Cirque de Navacelles is also ranked among the Great Sites of France.
The Lac Du Salagou
Being home to many leisure areas, the Lake of Salagou is a bustling tourist center. Fishing, boating, swimming, biking and hiking are a true delight for nature lovers. This 7Km man made lake was built in the 1968 to irrigate the surrounding farms and regulate flooding of the vineyards of Lergue and Hérault. Today, the amazing landscape is marked by red coloured mountains (the Ruffs) and black organic rocks derived from volcanic stone. Mount Liausson dominates the area at 535 m. The territory is also famous for its olives of Lucca and its oil, honey and its many vineyards.
The Clermont-Hérault (53km)
“Ochre earth with a volcanic past, Lake Salagou is a marvel of UNESCO heritage. You can ride there on mountain bikes, observe eagles or lizards, or swim between two courses of windsurfing. A lost world in the heart of the hinterland. Fascinating!”
Archeological sites, ancient and prehistoric
A National Monument listed archaeological site. This Gallic village is among the most important in the south of the Mediterranean. An original and unforgettable cultural outing enjoyed with friends and family. Ten kilometers from Béziers, this archaeological site is a remarkable example of a protohistoric village. Built on a rocky promontory, it offers a 360 ° panoramic view of the vine culture of Herault with the circular dry pond of Montady.
The Bassin De Thau
The Bassin de Thau is bordered to the south by the Mediterranean, to the north by the Via Domitia. Pierre-Paul Riquet made it the mouth of the Canal du Midi. It allows one to reach the port of Sète or continue to the Camargue. The basin covers 7,500 hectares (18 km long and 5 km wide) including 2,500 hectares that are dedicated to shellfish farming. Since ancient times, it has been a place for raising oysters and shellfish. The oyster beds extend to the horizon. It produces over half of the oysters eaten in France: les Bouzigues, hollow or flat oysters.
Cathédrale Saint Pierre De Maguelone
Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone is proud to have a jewel of Romanesque art in the confines of its region: the Cathedral of Maguelone. This fortress was home, for nearly ten centuries, to a bishop, and many successive popes often came to pray in this oasis of peace. Maguelone Cathedral is a wonderful example of Romanesque art in the Languedoc. This fortified masterpiece has the unique distinction of being built on an island.
The city of Carcassonne
In Cathar Country
The impressive fortification of the city of Carcassonne occupies a rocky spur overlooking the Aude river. Inhabited since the sixth century BC, Carcassonne was a Roman town before becoming a medieval city. It reflects 1000 years of military architecture and 2600 years of history. The ultimate defense, the Comtal castle was built in the twelfth century by the Trencavels, Viscounts of Carcassonne and was continually modified over the following centuries. An interesting and inclusive tour is offered including many exclusive areas: walls, hoardings, projection room, lapidary (stone carving) museum. Guided tours by reservation, conferences, audio guides available. Free admission the first Sunday of each month.
“A destination of all pleasures and rich in surprises! ”