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Mèze: Oysters, a wine abbey, and a Saturday flea market
Mèze is a prosperous oyster port servicing the shellfish farms of the Bassin de Thau. Surrounding the town's small, picturesque harbor are coquillages (shellfish) restaurants where you can sample the super-fresh local product.
Every Saturday, Mèze hosts a flea market on its leafy esplanade (follow the signs for Centre Ville). Also in Mèze is the Ecosite, a science center open to the public. Not far away on a scenic back road is the Abbaye de Valmagne. Once among the richest religious establishments in southern France, the abbey ended up a winery after the Revolution. Now restored and selling very good wines, the abbey is open for tours. Time to Mèze: about 30 minutes.
From Valros, take the N9 around Pézenas and pick up the N113 to Mèze. You'll pass through Montagnac. Here you bear left onto the D5, which will take you to the front door of the Abbaye de Valmagne. Or you can go straight and hit the abbey on your return.
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