Sérignan is a charming and peaceful town on the banks of the river Orb. It harmoniously combines architecture from another time, a vineyard panorama and a coastline on the edge of the Mediterranean, with a magnificent beach.
Sérignan‘s quiet appearance does not prevent it from being a major cultural player thanks to its museum with numerous collections, a large auditorium and various exhibitions.
In terms of tourism, Sérignan attracts visitors not only because of its seaside, but also because of its rich cultural heritage. Ready to go on holiday?
GEOGRAPHY OF SÉRIGNAN
With over 7,000 inhabitants, it has a population density of 259 people per square kilometre and covers an area of over 27 km².
Sérignan, which belongs to the Communauté d’agglomération Béziers Méditerranée, is divided into four areas: its historic centre, its marina, its coastline and its plain. It holds the “Blue Flag” tourist label.
Sérignan enjoys an ideal geographical situation, due to its coastal location and its proximity to Spain, but also due to its neighbouring towns.
To make the most of your holiday in Sérignan, book your accommodation at camping Paradis Le Cayola, located less than 10 km away.
MUST-SEE VISITS AND ACTIVITIES IN SÉRIGNAN
The city has a very interesting heritage to discover while walking around. In its historic centre, as you wander through the streets and squares that are typical of the south, with remains of the medieval or 16th century.
The collegiate church of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, a historical monument, is a magnificent building built in the medieval period. Its door is of Romanesque architecture and it has an impressive bell tower of about 30 metres high. Admire its splendid stained glass windows, installed in 1879.
In the city centre, you can visit the regional museum of contemporary art, founded in 1991, which offers visitors the chance to admire beautiful and varied collections, such as the creations of contemporary French artists Daniel Buren and Bruno Peinado.
Find works by Buren next to the Cigalière, the theatre of Sérignan, with the “columns of Buren”.
Of course, you can’t go through Sérignan without stopping at the beach! The beach of Sérignan is all the more unavoidable as it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the area.
Take a walk along the sand dunes and small footpaths to enjoy the scenery or go for a swim. For the more active, you can enjoy water sports.
Another maritime landscape is the Orb, along which you can take a walk. At the protected natural site of Les Orpellières next to the river, you can contemplate the works of the artist Dado.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN SÉRIGNAN?
Sérignan is a dynamic town: markets and numerous entertainments are organised throughout the year, to the great joy of the inhabitants and passing tourists.
Markets in Sérignan
The Sérignan market takes place every morning, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, on the Allées de la République.
During the summer (July-August), Producers’ Thursdays are held in the evening, a pleasant opportunity to taste local products to the rhythm of the music that enlivens the market.
This night market also takes place on Mondays at the beach. Another night market, but this time a craft one, is the Mardis de l’Art. Finally, after the summer and then in the spring, there is the flower market.
Festivities from Pentecost to December
The comic strip festival, one of the oldest in the region, takes place at Whitsuntide; it is an opportunity to meet great authors.
In June, on Midsummer’s Day, enjoy a drink with a firework display and musical acts during the Paratge festival.
During the summer, dance performances are held in Sérignan during the Promenade Nocturne. The Les Voix de la Libération festival offers free music concerts and other entertainment.
In July, for three days, discover the festa Boca: tastings, strolls and shows are on the programme in a colourful atmosphere.
August will be the occasion to celebrate Saint Roch, patron saint of Sérignan, with a parade presenting the statue of this patron saint while the population will ask for the blessing of pets and horses.
Finally, December will see the “foire au gras”: meet the local producers and come and enjoy typical Mediterranean products!
Walks on the waters of the Canal du Midi
In Portiragnes or Villeneuve-lès-Béziers, near Sérignan, you can rent an electric boat for a trip on the Canal du Midi.
In Colombiers, not far from Sérignan, you can also rent a boat without a licence to go out.
From Béziers, you can discover the Canal du Midi by taking a beautiful cruise or by staying on land and taking a bucolic bike ride along its banks.
Hiking from Sérignan
Various walking routes are available in the vicinity of Sérignan, ranging from 2 hours to over 4 hours in duration:
From Saint-Geniès-de-Fontedit, discover the southern vineyards and beautiful olive groves while walking through the garrigue and among the pines for 4 hours and 40 minutes.
Starting from the village of Péret, you will visit the Crêtes de Vissou, a protected natural site (4 hours).
Leave from Port-la-Nouvelle to visit the island of Sainte-Lucie, passing through locks and enjoying the fauna and flora of an exceptional place (4-hour walk).
A 3-hour walk from Lieuran-Cabrières will take you to Maluber and Mougno, two volcanic hills from ancient times. A shorter 2-hour walk will take you to Sigean, its pond and an orientation table with a panoramic viewpoint.