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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault

Mauguio is a town of more than 17,000 inhabitants and takes its place in Occitania, in the department of Hérault. It is located on the outskirts of Montpellier, on the banks of the Etang de l'Or, on the edge of Aigues-Mortes. Its seaside resort, Carnon, offers a beautiful maritime façade on the Mediterranean Sea. Formerly called Melgueil, the town of Mauguio was an important county town in the Middle Ages. Amputée of some of its districts in the middle of the XIXe century to create the city of Palavas-les-Flots, it is today an important tourist site of the region appreciated especially for its beaches. At the gates of the Camargue, Mauguio still unveils today a modest architectural heritage, but above all dream landscapes that attract every year a large number of tourists eager to enjoy the calm of the Mediterranean Sea.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude43.6154409 (N 43° 36’ 56”)
Longitude4.0101650 (E 4° 0’ 37”)
Surface area49.56 km²
Population17043 inhabitants
Density343 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMontpellier (15.1 km, 27 min)
Insee code34154
IntercommunalityCA du Pays de l'Or

Nearest cities & towns

Candillargues4.8 km (8 min)
Baillargues5.5 km (10 min)
Mudaison5.5 km (10 min)
Saint-Aunès6.1 km (11 min)
Vendargues6.8 km (11 min)
Lansargues7.6 km (11 min)
Saint-Brès7.7 km (12 min)
Le Crès8 km (13 min)
Castries8.5 km (12 min)
Valergues9.3 km (13 min)
Pérols9.9 km (14 min)
Lunel-Viel11.1 km (16 min)
Saint-Just11.1 km (14 min)
Saint-Nazaire-de-Pézan11.4 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

Of the Mauguio of the Middle Ages, there remains only one vestige, a castrated motte erected in the middle of the tenth century. Today, a high tower, built in the 20th century, occupies the land and used to serve as a water tower for the municipality. It is the largest artificial cloche in the Middle Ages of Europe. As you walk through the town, do not miss the palace of the Counts-Evêques, classified as Historic Monuments, as well as the old castle of the Counts of Melgueil which possesses some elements of the eighteenth century. In the town center, the garden of La Motte testifies to the richness of Mauguio in medieval times. Inscribed with the Historical Monuments, it reveals the visitors of the hydraulic installations, as well as a very interesting lookout. An exhibition room was set up on the site to trace the history of the feudal clod. L'étang de l'Or is almost entirely on the territory of the commune of Mauguio. Separated from the Mediterranean by a dune strip of 600 meters, it covers 2,500 hectares. It is ideal for a few walks to discover the local fauna and flora. The huts of the Salaison each year host thematic exhibitions. Attached to Mauguio, the seaside resort of Carnon, which developed in the course of the 19th century, offers a charming marina. Lively, it allows you to enjoy the white sandy beaches of the Mediterranean and the restaurants and other terraces of bars that dot the streets and the coastline.

Places of interest

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Events and festivities

The markets of Mauguio are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays morning. A flower market is also offered on Sunday morning. In the summer period, Carnon also offers a night market on the harbor. From March to September, Camargue races take place in the city's arena. Very old festival, the Romeria takes place in June. It celebrates the imprint of Spanish culture in the city. For three days, guests can enjoy flamenco demonstrations, traditional meals, equestrian shows, Sevillanas and concerts. The votive festival, La Vota, takes place every year at the end of July. It is the scene of several races Camarguaises, a ball or even manades with bulls in semi-freedom in the city. In December, a Christmas market unveils its animations.


Presentation in a herd
Presentation in a herd
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Friday 20 october
Min. 15°C - Max. 22°C
Saturday 21 october
Min. 15°C - Max. 21°C
Sunday 22 october
Min. 13°C - Max. 19°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Half-day in Languedoc vineyards and tastings
Local flavours65 € Montpellier (8.9 km)
Languedoc discovery day: vineyards, medieval village, Hérault gorges
Entertainment120 € Montpellier (8.9 km)
Private Guided Walking Tour of Montpellier – 2 hours
Culture and education47 € Montpellier (8.9 km)
Half day around vineyards and olive groves in Languedoc: visits and tastings
Local flavours65 € Montpellier (9.2 km)
Montpellier pass: visits, activities, museums and transport included
Culture and education15 € Montpellier (10.4 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Sea of Rocks
HikeEasy1h00Sauve (36 km)
Vineyard trail
HikeEasy1h15Brissac (38 km)
Le Clos d'Alice
Horse rideEasy1h00Le Pouget (39 km)
The Hermitage
HikeEasy3h00Collias (53 km)


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