Magalas is a village of around 3000 inhabitants. Built on a hill “en circulade” its now ruined chateau and ancient church date back to the 11th century. The village is one of narrow medieval streets, arches and ramparts. There are many labeled sites of historic interest throughout the village.
The twisting streets (its easy to get lost!) are being restored by the Town Hall in the most sympathetic fashion making it a truly picturesque place to explore.
Magalas is extremely well served for shops, both within the village proper and close by in ZAE L’Adacieuse , the trading estate, (on the other side of D909) which can be reached on foot, or 5 minutes in the car.
Within the village (not an exhaustive list, and not more than 200m away)
Bank plus ATM, Pharmacy, Newsagent, Baker and tea shop, fruit and vegetable shop, General stores, Post Office. Flower shop
Restaurant Bistrot le Galerie, Pizza Pizza and L’Excalibur.
La Mia Pizza take away/ delivery pizza
Wednesday morning market in the square opposite the Town Hall with wonderful fruit , vegetables, butcher, cheese etc .
Sports facilities including swimming pool and tennis courts.
3 GPs including one English speaking. Dentist
Railway station with trains to Beziers /Bedarieux , (connecting to the Europe-wide TGV) as well as buses.
Local Fire station
ZAE L’Audacieuse ( not an exhaustive list and just a 5 minute drive away)
Tourist office with art gallery and bell ringing museum
Baker and café
Butcher and grocer
Intermarche supermarket ( reputation for best fish !)
M. Bricolage (DIY)
Garage with fuel, car wash and bottled gas
About 2km from Magalas is the recently opened hotel-complex, the chateau St Pierre de Serjac, with a restaurant, cocktail bar and spa.
Close By and Connections
Beziers is some 20 minutes drive away with all the amenities of a city with its bustling centre and out of town hypermarkets. There are direct trains to Montpellier, Barcelona and Paris.
Magalas has excellent road links and is some 15 minutes drive from the A9 and A75. The vibrant university city of Montpellier can be reached within the hour. Barcelona can be reached in a little over 2 hours. The canal du Midi and its boating just 20 minutes away.
The area is well served by airports. Beziers Cap d’Agde is a thriving but small and easy airport some 30 minutes away with flights to several UK destinations, Scandanavia, and Germany and of course Paris. Montpellier airport has yet more international connections. A little further afield are airports at Carcassonne and Nimes. The airports of Toulouse, Perpignan, Marseille as well as Girona ( just over the Spanish border) extend the choice.
We are only 30 k from the Mediterranean and so many, many beaches to explore – from the wild deserted peace at Espiguette, to the nudist colony at Cap d’Agde, to the loungers and beach bar at Portiragnes. For fresh water, there is the lake at Salagou, and numerous spots on the Orb and Herault to swim or simply laze. This is a hidden delightful area. Unspoilt. Beautiful.
With its sunny climate, there is almost too much choice in the Languedoc. It is a haven for walkers, windsurfers, canoeists, canal boating, cyclists, horse riding. Or spend the late summer hand-picking grapes in the beautiful Languedoc vineyards, making new friends and learning so much in the process. For the foodies amongst you, this is an undiscovered area – simple bars and restaurants, fine dining of the highest quality and local markets where you can stuff your basket with the best France has to offer.
I can do no more than urge you to visit the website Crème de Languedoc to understand in more detail what this marvellous area has in store for you.