It is wonderful to relax on the many beaches of Montpellier. But also lazing around, a nice swim in one of the rivers is definitely recommended. But if you have had enough sun and you long for some shade, then it is wonderful to relax in the bamboo forest, La Bambouseraie de Prafance. For a leisurely ride, drive an old-fashioned steam train through the beautiful landscape over high bridges and through tunnels from Saint Jean du Gard to Anduze. And what about a wine tasting? In and around Saint-Hippolyte-du Fort you will find countless wineries where you can taste delicious wine.
About an hour’s drive south of Montpellier you will find various wonderful beaches such as in: Sète, Frontignan, Villeneuve-les-Maguelon, Palavas-les-Flots, Le Petit et Le Grand Travers, La Grande Motte and Le Grau-du-Roi.
La Bambouseraie La Prafance is a private botanical garden specializing in bamboos, located in Générargues, near Anduze. A Feng Shui garden, a Lao village and even a labyrinth form the backdrop for 150 species of bamboo, rare plants and special trees. For maximum relaxation you must go to the Valley of the Dragon. This zen garden, laid out according to Feng Shui principles, is dedicated to the art of Japanese gardens, to bonsai and to ikebana.
With a real old-fashioned steam train you can make a wonderful ride from Saint-Jean-du-Gard to Anduze. The ride of +/- 45 minutes takes you past the beautiful nature reserve of the Cevennes. This train also takes you past the bamboo forest, La Bambouseraie.