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The cirque de Mourèze

Discover an extraordinary landscape located near Montpellier,
in southern France, on the road to the Haut Languedoc.

The Cirque de Mourèze brings you a surprising natural environment. The site, (which is formed from limestone rock which has been carved and sculpted by erosion) resembles a ruined landscape.
Its bizarre shapes conjure up all kinds of images.

Cirque de Mourèze et son village - Hérault, le Languedoc © Photothèque Hérault Tourisme - E. Brendle

Resembling a genuine "wild west" landscape

The Cirque de Mourèze is a 300 hectare dolomitic formation.
Among this chaotic collection of gigantic limestone rocks you could be forgiven for thinking
you're in another magical, timeless world... or on another planet!

A number of hiking trails offer the possibility for adventure at this unique and very unusual natural heritage site.
A viewing table has been installed at the panoramic viewpoint in the Courtinals Park, from where most of the cirque can be admired. The archaeological part at "Les Courtinals" also features a scientific reconstitution
of a Gallic hut from 350 BC, in addition to a small museum with an exhibition
of the various remains found at the site.

The Cirque de Mourèze was once home to prehistoric man (including several oppida and caverns), with charcoal makers and shepherds settling here later. Today, the absence of the herds has allowed the vegetation to encroach once again on the site, which is chiefly visited by hikers who head here to explore
the natural maze of strangely shaped rocks.

Cirque de Mourèze - Hérault, le Languedoc © Photothèque Hérault Tourisme - G. Delerue

How to get there

© Photothèque Hérault Tourisme - G.Delerue


From Clermont l'Hérault (30 minutes from Montpellier), take the D908 road heading towards Bédarieux. After approximately 6 km, turn off this road onto the D8E4 heading towards Mourèze.

At the entrance to the village, you can park up on the car park to your right or carry on a little further and park up at the car park on the left just before the small bridge. You can reach the cirque from the centre of the village.

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