The Haut Languedoc
The Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park, located in the extreme part of the Massif Central, on the border of the Tarn and Hérault departments, is not very well known. But that is completely unjustified.
It is a beautiful natural heritage, untouched and unspoiled by mass tourism. With a great biodiversity, a beautiful flora and fauna, the park is an exceptional area. Its wealth also comes from its history and traditions, because people have found shelter here for thousands of years. Forests, vineyards, shrublands, valleys, granite mountains; the park offers many different reliefs, scents and colors.
The park is a cross between three climatic influences, which provide a wide variety of landscapes. If it is a bit too hot in Riols, you can go to the mountains, where it is four to five degrees cooler. If it is just a bit too chilly in Riols, you can go to the sea, where it is four to five degrees warmer.
The park is located in two departments: Tarn and Hérault. In the Hérault there are vineyards, valleys such as those of Orb en la Mare, the mountain massif Caroux-Espinouse, gorges and beautiful villages such as Roquebrun and Olargues. Eagles, mouflons, otters, bats and many other animal species live in the midst of this lush nature.
With such a diverse range of landscapes, this park is the ideal area to practice activities in nature. Get out on the hiking trails , to cycle, hike or horseback ride on the green path Passa Païs. Or go rock climbing, swimming but also water sports in the lakes or rivers, try to hook a fish in the Agout…
An attractive program, which is complete with an introduction to local expertise, such as gastronomy. Taste all those delicacies based on chestnuts and honey, fish or meat dishes. Or cheese boards with scents that will stimulate the taste buds. To lick your fingers. The quality of these dishes is guaranteed by the 'Product from the Regional Natural Park of Haut-Languedoc' label, which emphasizes products made by local craftsmen. Also nice: it is all very affordable here. Plus that the people in this region are very friendly. That may also be because tourism has not gone too far here.
The garden of La Cerisaie borders on the former railway line from Bédarieux to Mazamet. At the end of the seventies, this route was discontinued and since 2010 it has been converted into a well-passable walking and cycling path of 80 km! You can cycle relatively easily on this 'voie verte'. One way to Saint Pons (4 km) or a little further to the caves Devèze in Courniou (9 km). Or the other way: to the beautiful village of Olargues (15 km) which is in the list of 'Les plus beaus villages de France' and cycle over the ancient Devil's Bridge. La Cerisaie is located right next to this voie verte and is therefore an ideal base for a discovery tour of this fascinating region by bicycle.
So if you had the idea to take your bike on holiday... That's fine! The bicycles can be parked in the garage (closed). Can't take a bicycle with you on holiday? No problem; It is also possible to rent a bicycle or mountain bike from us.