The most beautiful lakes in Languedoc
A land of traditions now linked to Occitania, Languedoc is also a palette of landscapes as sublime as they are varied, as alive as they are preserved. Between the triangle formed by the Pyrenees, the Cévennes and the Mediterranean, Languedoc contains several artificial lakes that capture water from torrents born in the mountains. These reservoirs, surrounded by dense and green vegetation, are the starting point for many hikes and the perfect places to recharge your batteries while reconnecting with nature. During your camping stay in Hérault, discover the most beautiful lakes in Languedoc Roussillon.
Lake Salagou, which covers an area of 700 hectares, amazes with its particular contours and the purity of its waters. It is bordered by small mountains including Mont Liausson, behind which hides the Mourèze circus. This body of water, one of the best known in the south of France, is also of great geological interest. There are black basaltic rocks, schist and red ruffles over a small area. Created in 1960, Lake Salagou is a great place for outdoor activities: hiking or mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing … Sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and pedalos are offered by nautical clubs.
Lake Vézoles (50 hectares) has a wild side that will seduce you as soon as you arrive if you like authenticity. This dam lake was built in a protected area, in the center of the Haut-Languedoc regional natural park. If you like nature in its raw state and beautiful waterfalls, take the time to look for the Vézoles jump. A 16 km hiking circuit allows you to bypass the lake and approach this beautiful waterfall, Le Sentier des 1000 marches. The loop starts from Riols. Note that this is for good walkers (difficult level).
To the north of the regional park, in the Tarn, Lake Laouzas (335 hectares) seems to have rested for millennia in the mountains of Lacaune. Fed by the Vèbre river, this dam was created in the 1960s. Hiking and mountain biking are the most popular outdoor activities during all seasons. You can also rent equipment in the nautical base during the beautiful days to sail with family, couple or friends. The villages located near the lake (Murat-sur-Vèbre, Nages) are endearing and are also worth a visit.
This artificial lake in the Tarn near Castres (211 hectares) stretches out into the gorges of the Arn on the territory of four municipalities: Saint-Amans-Valtoret, Anglès, Lasfaillades and Le Vintrou. Its 32 km perimeter is ideal for a good hike or a mountain bike tour before a picnic lunch by the lake. If you like picturesque villages and local heritage, go to admire the Campan castle in Anglès and the Saint-Amans-Valtoret castle, listed as a historic monument.
The Olivettes dam between Vailhan and Montesquieu (Hérault) was built at the end of the 1980s. In addition to the walks and the tranquility of the place, you will appreciate the nearby heritage which will allow you to combine natural and cultural tourism during a same day (castle-abbey of Cassan, mills of Faugères, Maison des Métiers d’Art de Pézenas…).
Fed by the Orb, Lake Avène (190 hectares) is frequented by fishermen who gather there to catch brown trout, roach, carp, perch and pike-perch. The contrast between its bluish waters and the green mountains is striking. Here too, you can take beautiful family walks in the Orb mountains.