Hérault department

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Coat of arms of the department of Hérault
Finistère Côtes-d’Armor Ille-et-Vilaine Morbihan Loire-Atlantique Vendée Manche Mayenne Orne Calvados Maine-et-Loire Sarthe Indre-et-Loire Vienne Deux-Sèvres Indre Loir-et-Cher Eure Eure-et-Loir Seine-Maritime Oise Aisne Somme Pas-de-Calais Nord Ardennes Marne Meuse Meurthe-et-Moselle Haute-Marne Vosges Moselle Haut-Rhin Bas-Rhin Territoire de Belfort Cher Loiret Yonne Aube Côte-d’Or Nièvre Haute-Saône Essonne Yvelines Seine-et-Marne Val-d’Oise Hauts-de-Seine Val-de-Marne Seine-Saint-Denis Paris Doubs Jura Saône-et-Loire Allier Creuse Haute-Vienne Charente Charente-Maritime Corrèze Dordogne Gironde Puy-de-Dôme Loire Rhône Ain Haute-Savoie Cantal Lot Savoie Haute-Loire Isère Ardèche Landes Lot-et-Garonne Hautes-Alpes Drôme Alpes-Maritimes Var Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Vaucluse Bouches-du-Rhône Gard Hérault Lozère Aveyron Tarn Tarn-et-Garonne Gers Pyrènèes-Atlantiques Hautes-Pyrénées Aude Pyrénées-Orientales Haute-Garonne Ariège Haute-Corse Corse-du-Sud Vereinigtes Königreich Andorra Guernsey Jersey Niederlande Belgien Luxemburg Deutschland Liechtenstein Monaco Österreich Schweiz Italien SpanienLocation of the department of Hérault in France
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region Occitania
prefecture Montpellier
Sub-prefecture (s) Béziers
Residents 1,144,892 (Jan. 1, 2017)
Population density 187 inhabitants per km²
surface 6,129.36 km²
Arrondissements 3
Community associations 17th
Cantons 25th
Communities 342
President of the
Department Council
André Vezinhet ( PS )
ISO-3166-2 code FR-34
Location of the Hérault
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.


The department was formed on March 4, 1790 from part of the Languedoc province .

From 1960 to 2015 it belonged to the Languedoc-Roussillon region , which in 2016 became part of the Occitania region.

coat of arms

Description : In silver, a red compass with a gold Tolosan cross .

Significant places

Administrative division

Communes and arrondissements in the Hérault department
Arrondissement Cantons Communities Residents
January 1, 2017
Density of
population / km²
Beziers 9 153 000000000313411.0000000000313.411 3,092.42 000000000000101.0000000000101 341
Lodève 5 122 000000000140289.0000000000140.289 2,004.98 000000000000070.000000000070 342
Montpellier 16 67 000000000691192.0000000000691.192 1,031.96 000000000000670.0000000000670 343
Hérault department 25th 342 000000001144892.00000000001,144,892 6,129.36 000000000000187.0000000000187 34

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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).


The Hérault river
Statue menhir of Cambon et Salverguettes


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

Status: 1991

Web links

Commons : Département Hérault  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. 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. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.herault.fr
  2. Climate data from: Jean-Noël Darde, Plages et côtes de France, Éditions Balland, Paris 1991

Coordinates: 43 ° 37 '  N , 3 ° 28'  E