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Ryanair flies to Béziers from Bristol, London (Luton), Düsseldorf (Weeze) and Stockholm (Skavsta). You can reach Béziers within an hour from Montpellier, Carcassonne and Perpignan airports. Intercity and TGV trains run to Béziers from Paris Gare de Lyon. It is also possible to go to Barcelona by train. In 2010 a direct autoroute linked Béziers to Paris.
Everything in Béziers is within walking distance, but bear in mind that most of the city is built on a slope. The walk from the train station to the town centre is very steep. There is an excellent local bus service that puts all local towns and villages within easy reach. Try the (free) "Navette" bus that takes visitors from the railway station to the centre of town. There are taxis at the airport but for longer distances with groups of up to seven people you can book a mini van transfer with www.medtransfers.fr
The Saint Nazaire Cathedral was built in the 13th century and was a major staging point for the Crusades. Stunning views of the Orb valley and the surrounding area are available from the cathedral courtyard - especially at sunset.
Béziers Old Town offers the walker a warren of largely early medieval streets, extending from the Cathedral to the town centre. The old streets just off the main avenue feature both traditional shops and designer fashion houses.
The Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, passes through Béziers. The canal was the creation of Paul Riquet. In the 17th century he completed the dream of joining the Mediterranean and the Atlantic ocean by a waterway. 
Avenue Paul De Riquet is the place to be seen, sit and drink coffee and watch the world go by.
Béziers is famous for its annual "Feria". This five day party draws thousand of visitors to the town at the start of August.
A beach bus runs to the sea at nearby Valras Plage every 20 mins. Journey time 30 mins.
Les Halles covered market at the end of the Rue Republique (closed Mondays) offers a wide variety of fresh local foods.
Cafe "La Comedie" (26 Allée Paul Riquet) is perhaps the oldest bar in town. Locals take the morning sun at the "Cafe du Marche" next to Les Halles. The Bar "Chez L" (Ave Clemenceau) faces the bus station and offers a reasonably priced lunch.
The * Korrigan Pub, . (7 Rue Paul Riquet) offers live music and a variety of beers.