Les Eaux Calmes, Gabian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . near Pezenas . . . . . . . . . . . in the ancient Languedoc
between sea & mountains
Maps & Travel
Maps & Travel

 

Flights

 
Easyjet, Flybe and Jet2com all do budget flights to  France, and it is worth checking their websites but we have found that the best routes and prices for a choice of both UK regional and close French airports are with Ryanair booked through www.ryanair.com.

The destination airports in France to choose from, with travel time to Gabian, are:

  • Beziers / Cap d'Agde           40 minutes               Ryanair
  • Montpelier                           1 hour              Ryanair & Easyjet
  • Carcassonne                      1 hour 10 mins         Ryanair
  • Nimes                                1 hour 15 mins         Ryanair
  • Perpignan                           1 hour 10 mins    Ryanair & Flybe
  • Avignon                              1 hour 50 mins  Jet2.com & Flybe
  • Toulouse                             2 hours 15 mins  Easyjet & Flybe
  • Girona (just in Spain)           2 hours 15 mins      Ryanair
  • although Girona is further to drive it offers the best selection of UK & other European airports departures and days

The following table may help with routes and flying days in 2012:

RYANAIR.COM
 
 
 
EASYJET.COM
 
Flying from
 
 
 
 
 
Flying to…
on Saturdays
on Sundays
on Fri’s / Mon’s
 
 
 
 
Beziers
 
 
Manchester
Beziers
 
Bristol
 
Beziers
London Luton
 
 
Beziers
Dusseldorf
 
 
Beziers
Stockholm
 
 
Beziers
Oslo
 
 
 
 
 
 
Montpelier
London Luton
 
 
Montpelier
London Gatwick
London Gatwick
London Gatwick
Montpelier
 
 
Leeds
Montpelier
 
 
Birmingham
Montpelier
 
Frankfurt
 
Montpelier
Brussels
 
 
 
 
 
 
Carcassonne
 
Glasgow
 
Carcassonne
Liverpool
 
 
Carcassonne
 
 
East Midlands
Carcassonne
London Stansted
 
 
Carcassonne
 
Billund
 
 
 
 
 
NImes
London Luton
 
 
Nimes
 
 
Liverpool
 
 
 
 
Perpignan
 
London Stansted
London Stansted
Perpignan
Brussels
 
 
 
 
 
 
Girona
all days
from many UK
 
 
 
& European
airports

Outside of high season (July/August), changeover days are flexible, which opens up a huge range of potential low cost Ryanair flights from most regional UK airports.

Airport parking  try the website www.gosimply.com. Booking in advance by internet can save a lot of money. For Stansted airport, an alternative to Pink Elephant is the local Bridgefoot Cattery Bed & Breakfast who do a parking only deal which is cheaper and quicker; see www.bridgefootcattery.com.

Car hire in France – the cheapest car hire is usually found by booking through the Ryanair website with Hertz, but for comparison you can also try www.europcar.com. The cars are very easy to pick up from and return to the airport, making the journey fairly hassle free.

If you are flying to Girona, it is best to book your car hire through Ryanair with Hertz to avoid the insurance surcharge some other hire companies levy for customers travelling into France.

By train

France has an excellent rail system, and there is a fast train service from Paris to Montpelier / Barcelona. Come off at Beziers which is 25km from Gabian (a 25 minute taxi ride). For a shorter and cheaper taxi ride, take the connection on the Bedarieux line north to Magalas which is just 9km, ten minutes by taxi to Gabian.

Visit the train websites www.sncf.co.uk  and www.voyages-sncf.com.  

 

By Car

Crossing from the UK to Calais / Boulogne, take the motorway to and around Paris and then south by Clermont Ferrand, through the Massif Central and over the tallest bridge in the world at Millau (designed by Sir Norman Foster). Follow the motorway signs in the direction of Beziers, but come off before at Pezenas. Drive through the centre of Pezenas and take the D13 north signed Roujan and the Parc Naturel du Haut Languedoc.

Recommended hotel stopover: Orleans with its beautiful old centre with many restaurants.

Hotel Marguerite, Place du Vieux Marche, Orleans is a pleasant, central & reasonably priced small hotel.

This route through takes you over the tallest bridge in the world at Millau, designed by Sir Norman Foster, and just 1 hour 15 minutes north of Gabian.

 

By Car Hire from airports

From airports to the east (Montpelier & Nimes), take the E15 / A9 and come off at junction 34. Follow the signs north to Pezenas on the D13, making sure that you come off at Pezenas on the right hand slip road (otherwise you will find yourself on the N9 motorway - in which case come off at the first exit and go through the centre of Pezenas to re-join the D13 heading north – miss next paragraph).
From airports to the west (Carcassonne, Perpignan, Gerona) take E15 / A9 and then onto A75 / E11 at Beziers on to Pezenas. Come off and left under motorway, turn right at roundabout and follow to next roundabout taking left turn onto ring road.
Follow straight on along the inner ring road around the west of Pezenas (Intermarche supermarket en route if desired), and continue north on the D13 signed Roujan and the Parc Naturel du Haut Languedoc.