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Olargues (town) and Lac de Vezoles (hike)

Olargues_jpg.jpgOlargues is an appealing, old village perched above a hairpin bend of the river Jaur. We stopped here for bread on our way to a hike and were waylaid by a shop of curiosities called Notre Boutique, next to the tourism office. The shop sells lovely notecards made by madam proprietor, antique odds and ends, local foods. We bought divine honey there, and a terrific wine called Rondez-Vous du Soleil, 2002, which stood out because part of its label looked handmade.

We didn't give Olargues its due that day, but we will be going back. Our real destination was a cold, overcast, furiously windy ramble around a hydroelectric reservoir called Lac de Vezoles on the top of the Monts l'Espinouse chain. The hike takes you 3.5 hours around a small lake, through beech and fir woods, fields (on our day, blooming with thousands of purple crocuses), and to a perch that gives you an endless view of the mountains. We were there in early October; the temperature was 5 degrees Celsius (translation for Fahrenheit fans: bone-chill cold). Great weather for a quick-pace hike.

From the house in Valros, take the N9 toward Béziers. On the outskirts of Béziers, as you approach a roundabout (what Americans call a rotary), take the road that bears sharply right and is signposted for Bédarieux/St. Pons. Shortly you make a turn onto D909, heading for Roujan/ Bédarieux. Just after the road crests at Faugères, you’ll take the D909A toward Hérepian.

There, you’ll pick up the D908, headed for Lamalou-les-Bains. Stay on the D908 (it’s quite the scenic road). That takes you to Olargues. A short way past Olargues, turn right onto the D14 toward Fraisse-sur-Agout; there, turn left onto the D169. Eventually you'll see a sign on your left indicating parking for the lake.

Time to Olargues: 1.25 hours? This is hike PR45 in the TopoGuides, L'Hérault ... à pied – Du Haut Languedoc à la Méditerranée
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