In the South of France’s Hérault Department, Lunel is an understated town by the fabled Camargue marshes. The location is superb but Lunel isn’t quite on the tourist map. That could change soon as a selection of great museums and attractions have just been opened or updated.
There’s a thrilling Roman site, a museum with volumes of rare books and manuscripts, and a medieval prison tower with historic graffiti scrawled on its walls. The Mediterranean and the wonderful Plage de l’Espiguette are in range, and wine aficionados can sample the local muscat at caves and vineyards. And the Camargue, a fascinating land of white horses and fighting bulls, is almost in Lunel’s backyard.
Lets explore the best things to do in Lunel:
The Via Domitia was a Roman road begun in the 2nd Century BC and spanning several hundred kilometres from what is now Spain to Rome.
Ambrussum on the outskirts of Lunel was a kind of stopover between the settlements in Montpellier and Nîmes.
There’s an oppidum, a sort of fortified village with ramparts that have been excavated.
You can also see evidence of a staging post with foundations of taverns, the remains of a Roman bridge and a small museum with finds from the site.
On the flagstones are marks left by ancient chariot wheels.
The decaying bridge is very picturesque, with one remaining arch that was painted by Gustave Courbet in the 19th century.