|Residents||1,144,892 (Jan. 1, 2017)|
|Population density||187 inhabitants per km²|
President of the
|André Vezinhet ( PS )|
Location of the Hérault department in the Occitanie
The Hérault department [ eʀo ] ( . Okz : Erau eʀau ) is the French department with the atomic number 34. It is in the south of the country in the region Okzitanien and was named after the river Hérault named. The capital is Montpellier .
The Hérault department stretches from the Massif Central in the north to the Mediterranean Sea in the south, which forms an 87-kilometer coastline there. In the northeast, the Vidourle river divides the Hérault and Gard departments . The river Hérault flows through the department coming from the north ( Ganges ) to the confluence with the Mediterranean at Agde . The second major river is the Orb . The Canal du Midi starts here in the east.
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- List of communes in the Hérault department
- List of cantons in the Hérault department
- List of associations of municipalities in the Hérault department
With the exception of the mountainous north, in which mainly sheep is farmed, wine is mainly grown in the department. The cultivation areas Coteaux du Languedoc , Faugères , Saint-Chinian and the Muscat de Frontignan deserve special mention . All of the named growing areas have the status of an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC).
On the coast there are small fishing ports and the city of Sète , the first fishing port and second trading port on the Mediterranean , as well as numerous tourist stations such as La Grande-Motte , Palavas-les-Flots or Le Cap d'Agde .
The department also offers extraordinary sights such as the Haut-Languedoc Regional Park (6,224 km²), numerous stalactite caves and cities rich in history.
Culture and education
The University of Montpellier is best known for its medical faculty (founded in 1221).
- Agde : Cathedrale St. Etienne
- Les Gorges de l ' Hérault : limestone gorges of the river
- Rock formations: Cirques de Mourèze et de Navacelles
- The Grotto (caves) de Clamouse and the Grotto des Demoiselles
- The Canal du Midi
- Balaruc-les-Bains : thermal springs
- Béziers : Pont Vieux, Cathedrale St. Nazaire, Les 9 Écluses ( Fonserannes lock staircase in the Canal du Midi), flower market
- Minerve : Cathar fortress
- Montpellier : old town, university, triumphal arch, theater
- Roquebrun : Mediterranean botanical garden
- Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert : Abbaye de Gellone, medieval town center
- Sète : fishing port, weekly market, fortress, jousting tournament on the city's canals (in July)
- Vendres, Mèze : Bassin de Thau , mussel farming
Observation station: Sète, on the slope of Mont Saint-Clair , at an altitude of 80 meters, 350 meters from the sea
|maritime climate data||J||F.||M.||A.||M.||J||J||A.||S.||O||N||D.|
|mean maximum temperature||10||11||14th||16||20th||24||27||26th||23||19th||14th||11|
|mean low temperature||4.5||5||7th||9||13||16||19th||18th||16||13||8th||6th|
|Number of very sunny days||7th||6th||7th||5||5||7th||13||9||8th||6th||6th||6th|
|Number of days with an overcast sky||11||9||10||8th||8th||5||3||4th||7th||10||10||11|
|Number of rainy days||6th||5||6th||5||5||4th||2||4th||4th||7th||5||6th|
|Rainfall in mm||72||50||62||43||47||40||20th||35||50||110||55||60|
|Water temperatures near the coast||13||12||12||13||15th||17th||22nd||22nd||22nd||19th||17th||15th|
Days per year with
- Rainfalls over 1 mm: 58
- Frost: 10
- First frost: December 22nd
- Last frost: February 14th
- Snow: 2
- Thunderstorm: 14
- Hail: 1
- General Council of the Hérault Department (French)
- Prefecture of the Hérault department (French)
- Hérault tourisme
- Découvrir l'Hérault (French)
- Pays Coeur de l'Hérault (French)
- herault.fr ( Memento of the original from January 18, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. accessed on January 18, 2016.
- Climate data from: Jean-Noël Darde, Plages et côtes de France, Éditions Balland, Paris 1991