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Our outstanding villages

The ‘Most Beautiful Villages of France’, ‘Towns of Art and History’... many of our villages have official quality heritage labels and are ‘must see’ attractions.
Authenticity and Mediterranean charm are brought together in these Languedoc villages. St-Guilhem, Olargues, Minerve, Pézenas or Lodève, amongst others, are the perfect places to visit all year round. Take in the mediaeval streets and the light-filled squares, rich with hundreds of years of history.

Saint-Guilhem le Désert

© Jacques Debru

At the heart of Languedoc and the Hérault Gorges, the ‘Grand Site de France® Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert – Hérault Gorges’ is the jewel in Languedoc’s crown.

It clearly deserves the ‘Most Beautiful Villages of France’ label. Set between towering cliffs and stretching out along little winding lanes, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert has developed around Gellone Abbey. Just a stone’s throw from the Pont du Diable (Devil’s Bridge), both are on the UNESCO world heritage list as part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

Both the mountains at Saint-Guilhem and the Pont du Diable are well-loved by hikers and allow visitors to discover the magnificent views as well as some rare botanical species.

Olargues

© S. Lucchese - Hérault Tourisme

Listed as one of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages of France’, Olargues is located on the banks of the river Jaur, in a narrow valley to the south of the Monts de l'Espinouse. The village has a lovely situation on a rocky outcrop.

The site’s perfect architecture and typically medieval appearance have also earned Olargues the honour of appearing on the National Inventory of Sites list.

Minerve

© Hérault-Tourisme - E.Brendle

This Cathar site, near the Corbières area and the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park, has been awarded the ‘Most Beautiful Villages of France’ label. Don’t miss one of the must-see sites in the south!

Not far from Aude, in the heart of the AOC Minervois vineyards, the village of Minerve is perched high on a promontory. In the Middle Ages, this powerful city was a refuge for Cathar heretics.
The natural bridges formed by the Cesse and the Brian make it a truly remarkable site.

Fraisse sur Agout

© JL Jabale

Fraisse sur Agout is a lovely little village, surrounded by nature and nestled in the Agoût valley, in the heart of the Plateau des Laces and the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park.
This village is the only one in the Hérault area to have been awarded 4 flowers for the ‘Villages Fleuris’ (Village in Bloom) label. This is the label’s highest accolade.

Nature-lovers can enjoy this very well-cared for village, with its pretty, traditional stone houses grouped around the church bell tower, little streets paved with schist and decorated with rose bushes, the town’s horticultural speciality.

Lodève

© Manuel DaCosta
With its ‘Town of Art and History’ label, Lodève is home to a number of cultural treasures. Apart from St-Fulcran cathedral, and the Bishop’s Palace, don’t miss the Fleury Museum, where the art exhibitions are some of the most renowned in the South of France. Enjoy the Voix de la Méditerranée music festival, or admire the rugs and other products made at the Manufacture Nationale de la Savonnerie carpet-making factory.

Pézenas

Pézenas

Pézenas bears the ‘Land of Art and History’ label (Pays d'Art et d'Histoire), and this is clearly reflected in its historic centre. Perfectly located in the Hérault valley, the surrounding landscapes and rich flavours of it regional produce make it an unmissable experience in Languedoc.

In the heart of Languedoc, the Pézenas Hérault Valley area is a land of vineyards and ‘garrigue’ (Mediterranean scrubland) just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean and the beaches at Cap d’Agde. Our wines are our landscapes and our architectural heritage, our everyday yet special way of life!
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