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Lac du Salagou: Windsurfing across a volcano crater
A towering dam is built to fill a crack in an extinct volcano...and, voilà, a recreational lake is born, in the foothills behind Clermont-l'Hérault. This is one of the few good-sized fresh water lakes in this part of France. We hiked on some well-marked trails at man-made Lac du Salagou. You can fish for big ones, windsurf, kayak, swim, sunbathe, picnic, stroll, admire the scenery. It's hot. Bring water and a hat. Time to destination: 45 minutes.
From the house in Valros, take the N9 through Pézenas, toward Clermont-l'Hérault/Millau. As you enter Clermont-l'Hérault, bear left on to the D909D, headed toward the Centre Ville. You will pass the olive oil cooperative which features a low-acidity extra-virgin pressed from local fruit. Follow signs for the Lac. Turn on to Avenue du Lac (D156/E4). You're headed uphill. That's because you're climbing a crater wall. Look for signs to the "barrage." That's "dam" in English. At the dam, there's parking. You can begin your hike there. Cross the top of the dam, and on the far shore, you'll see signs for a walking loop that takes about an hour.If you want to rent pedalos and kayaks, drive to the north side of the lake. The road continues past the dam and off the crater at Mas-Audran (if one-lane roads scare you, take another route). Stay near the lake. In a few minutes, you'll see D148/E5 and a sign for the Les Vailhes Centre de Loisirs (leisure center).
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