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Barcelona is only a little over

two hours away, so naturally,

local dishes have a Catalan

influence. And the little pies

'petit pâtes' of Béziers made of

mutton, raisins, brown sugar

and lemon zest could almost be

the pre-cursor to our Christmas

mince pies! Added to all this,

Béziers is at the heart of one

of the world's largest wineproducing

areas. Red, white

and rosé are all available; local

appellations such as 'Terrasses

de Béziers' can offer exceptional

value for money.

Then there's the beautiful

surrounding countryside, with

gorgeous old villages nestling

all around, and towards the

Minervois and stunning

beaches are just an easy drive

or bus ride away!

Claudia Götting, Leggett's

regional coordinator for the

Hérault, is passionate about

living here. "It's stunning,"

she says. "With 330 days of

sunshine each year, beautiful

has crossed the river since the

12th century. The stunning

Canal-du-Midi also winds its

way through Béziers, passing

through the Fonseranes locks,

an engineering marvel. The

old stone streets here are

rarely swamped with tourists

- except during the Féria de

Béziers in mid-August when the

bull-fighting attracts quite a

crowd from nearby Catalonia.

More cultural entertainment is

offered at the theatre in Béziers.

With its fantastic climate,

the Biterrois enjoy an envious

lifestyle. It has become a lively

place with streets bounded by

Haussmann-styled buildings.

Haussmann transformed Paris

in the 19th century, and his

gracious architectural style

is echoed here in the deep

south with lovely balconied

apartment buildings lining the

city's central boulevards and

squares.

At the centre of Béziers,

the Allées Paul-Ricquet (named

after the engineer who created

the Canal-du-Midi) is the

perfect place to pass the time

of day. This long and broad

promenade runs along the

city's old ramparts. Twin rows of

plane trees provide shade for

its many cafés and restaurants

- their outside terraces are

the ideal place to sit, linger

and savour local delights. It's

a favourite place with locals

who frequent the flower market

each Friday.

The city is burgeoning

and, under the dynamic

management of its Maire, has

been transformed over the

past six years. More and more

businesses are being attracted

here, including restaurants, one

complete with a Michelin star

chef - small wonder with the

delicious local produce!

Glorious food and wine

are naturally a feature of this

lifestyle. With the coast nearby,

fish is plentiful, including

oysters and other delicacies.

Stunning architecture

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