The waterfalls and gorges of the Hérault
Between the Petite Camargue and Vendres-Plage via Sète and Cap d´Agde, the 87 km of Hérault coastline is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. There is a great alternative to the sea for swimming: the river. Zoom on 5 Hérault waterfalls located in exceptional natural sites, very close to towns of character that belong to the network of the most beautiful villages in France such as Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert and La-Roque-sur-Cèze. Not to be missed during your camping holiday in Hérault!
The Fan waterfall
This beautiful waterfall sometimes called “The umbrella” is one of the great attractions of the Hérault gorges. It is located next to one of the most beautiful natural cavities in the south of France, the Clamouse cave. To get there, take the D4 between Saint-Guilhem and Saint-Jean-de-Fos. About 1 km from the cave you will see a small house by the side of the road. Leave your vehicle 50 m further on and take a look over the low wall: you will see the waterfall that awaits you.
The Forces waterfall
Les Forces waterfall north of Cazilhac in the Vis valley is ideal for swimming, fishing and lazing around. The water flows steadily over a bed several meters wide. The waters are crystal clear, the site is green and very peaceful. You can lay your towel on the rocks and relax after your refreshing bath.
The Hérault waterfalls
The coastal river which gave its name to department 34 has its source in the Cévennes, in Lozère, crosses the Gard and Hérault to flow into the Mediterranean. Near Mont Aigoual and its birthplace, the river has very beautiful waterfalls which are the starting point for several hikes. The Hérault waterfalls are accessible by the D986. Park your vehicle in the car park of the Maison de l’Aigoual and follow the 2.7 km landscaped interpretation trail. This loop is suitable for children and goes through the waterfalls.
The Sautadet waterfalls
From Bagnols-sur-Cèze, take the D980 towards La-Roque-sur-Cèze. Between Saint-Gervais and Saint-Michel-d´Euzet, turn left and take one of the small roads that lead to La Cèze. Ask the curious where are the Sautadet waterfalls, they will show you the way to follow. Impossible to miss them. The river, by digging the limestone, has formed real cavities, large cauldrons whose depth is in places greater than 10 meters. The Site is fabulous but the rapids can make swimming dangerous. Be careful, therefore, if you stop at the Sautadet waterfalls.
The waterfalls of the Vis
Further north, in the Gard department, at the gates of the Cévennes National Park, the Vis waterfalls in Saint-Laurent-le-Minier are distinguished by their horseshoe shape which somewhat resembles the Iguazú Falls, in Argentina. If you come from 34 via the D986, you will pass through beautiful medieval villages such as Notre-Dame-de-Londres and pass next to the very famous Grotte des Demoiselles. The Vis waterfalls are located at the confluence of the D110 which leads to Saint-Laurent-le-Minier and the route des Ganges.