Herault is a French department of Languedoc-Roussillon region that is positioned southwest of France and its name comes from the Herault River.
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The climate is very good and many tourists come to this place. It is one of the sunniest places in Europe.
The geography of the region is diverse and there are beaches on the South, on north are the Cévennes Mountains and the agricultural lands are between them.
The coastline and the sunny weather are good for the tourists that come to these places.
There is positioned the beautiful Golfe du Lion on the Mediterranean Sea. You can even find oysters in Bouzigues and Méze. On the hills of St Chinian and the Faugeres are grown the wines of de Pinet a cru of Côteaux du Languedoc. There are also grown olives.
The properties are also different in this area. There are stone build properties in the Haut Languedoc and a few new buildings on the very coast. The propriety market is very successful in this area but it is not only its variety for that. It is its vicinity to the famous province Provence.
Herault is stated to be one of the 83 departments that were formed during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was part of the former province of Languedoc.
At the beginning of the 20th century the wine-growing regions become devastated and there were so many workers who revolted. It was suppressed by the government of the Georges Clemenceau.
There can be found seafood from the Mediterranean, from the mountains on the north is produced different food as well. The closeness to Catalonia also influenced the cuisine. The lands of ducks and goose are the Pyrenees and Gascony who also were important. And there is another significant point this is the vibrant market of the Provence on the east. These markets are the best way to obtain ingredients.
Winter is the weakest time for fresh fruits and vegetables but there are some supplies from Spain and North Africa as opposed to the green houses of the Dutch that dominate on the northern part of Europe. The first green asparagus appear at the end of March that mark the arrival of the spring.
Some famous local ingredients are fish from the Mediterranean. All types of fish can be found here like thon which is tuna sardines, anchovies, baudroie is another name for lotte or monkfish, rouget or red mullet, seiche or cuttlefish, calamar or squid, supions also named baby squid or cuttlefish, encornets which is a local name for squid, poulpe or octopus, dourade or bream, loup or sea bass.
Shellfish is not encountered very often in the large Basin de Thau behind Sete. There are a lot of oysters and mussels beds as well. The young shells are imported from the Atlantic coast in order to grow up in the basin. It is because they will be fresher if grown up in this area.
Besides wine in this region is also good for breeding sheep and goats that produce cheese. The most famous cheese is the blue Roquefort. It is matured in the caves of the Midi-Pyreneees and most of its part comes from the ewes that live on the high grant plateau of which the largest one in Larzac.
Tourism office in Herault
Travel from the UK
By air: Ryanair flies to Carcassonne, Montpellier, Nîmes and Perpignan from London Stansted. British Airways gand GB Airways fly to Montpellier from Gatwick.