Canal du Midi
The Oppidum d’Ensérune, a must-visit during your holiday!
Perched on the top of a hill earning it the title of “oppidum”, the one in Ensérune near Béziers is famous for being the largest Gallo-Roman village in southern France. Already occupied in 500 BC, it offers an insight into an exceptional period in the history of the Languedoc-Roussillon that you will be able to discover at the impressive museum. It also offers a stunning panoramic view over the surrounding landscapes from the Haut-Languedoc to the glistening waters of the Mediterranean Sea!
For a stay near the Oppidum d’Ensérune and the beaches of the Hérault, you can count on our 4 and 5-star seaside campsites. Find your cosy haven among our selection of fully-equipped holiday rentals or open-air camping pitches, it’s up to you to choose! You will be able to enjoy a vast array of activities for all ages, as well as the water park’s swimming pools and waterslides. The good life starts here!
Visit the Oppidum d’Ensérune with the family
Ready to play at archaeologists with your family? Make your way to the Oppidum d’Ensérune to discover more than 2,000 years of history! The remains unearthed by the excavation works conducted over many years will tell you all about the life of the Gauls: small coins, vases, weapons and armour. An amazing journey awaits you that will transport you back to the origins of our civilisation!
At the top of the oppidum, your children will probably ask you what the strange shape is below. It is the old Montady Lake, now dried out, the crops around which are laid out to form a huge “green sun”!
Visit the Oppidum d’Ensérune as a couple
If the tour of the Oppidum d’Ensérune and the stunning views it offers over the surrounding countryside have amazed you, remember that the excitement doesn’t stop there! Another curiosity awaits you nearby. Be sure to visit it before returning to your Sandaya campsite. Make your way to the Malpas Tunnel, through which the tranquil waters of the Canal du Midi pass!
The first of its kind, Malpas Tunnel was created to provide a 173 m passage beneath the Ensérune Hill. On foot, by bicycle, or from a boat, discover it with your loved one during an enjoyable outing in the Hérault sunshine!
Camping Oppidum d’Ensérune: our handy tips for a successful stay
The Ensérune site is particularly famous for its 300 silos used to store food!
Did you know? The Via Domitia passes below the Oppidum d’Ensérune, the former road running between Italy and Spain.
At the city’s zenith, the Oppidum d’Ensérune is said to have boasted a population of 10,000 people!
On the way home, stop off in Béziers to admire the Canal du Midi’s famous 9 locks close up!