Écluses de Fonseranes


Situated 1km southwest of town is this famous stepladder of eight locks and nine gates. The whole area was fully renovated in 2017 and is now one of Béziers' highlights. It's connected to the historical centre via a 2km-long walking path. There's a restaurant and a gift shop, and you can watch a 14-minute 3D film that explains the history of the site. You can also rent electric boats or take a boat cruise along the Canal du Midi.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Béziers attractions

1. Pont-Canal

0.69 MILES

This 19th-century aqueduct of the Canal du Midi is on the southern edge of town, bridging the Orb River. It affords stupendous views of the city.

2. Cathédrale St-Just

14.13 MILES

Narbonne’s most distinctive landmark is actually only half-finished: construction was halted in the 14th century, and only the towers and choir reached…

3. Palais des Archevêques

14.18 MILES

The former archbishops' palace houses several archaeological museums. Roman mosaics and stucco paintings are on display at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire…

4. Noilly-Prat Factory

16.74 MILES

In the fishing port of Marseillan, 8km northeast of Agde, you can visit the Noilly-Prat Factory, which has been making their famous dry vermouth to the…

6. Abbaye de Fontfroide

20.72 MILES

Founded by Cistercian monks in 1093, Fontfroide Abbey became one of southern France’s most powerful ecclesiastical centres during the Middle Ages…

7. Réserve Africaine de Sigean

22.03 MILES

Opened in 1974, this 300-hectare wildlife reserve aims to recreate the atmosphere of the African savannah – a climate not all that different from the…