In the Surroundings

Castle of Cassan

In the heart of the vineyards and olive groves of Languedoc lies the sumptuous Château Abbaye de Cassan, a humble monastic retreat, a powerful royal priory in the 12th century and a magnificent princely residence in the 18th century. The charms of the past still radiate in the benevolent freshness of centuries-old stones.Religious fervor was continued there, power, glory, and fortune alternated with decadence, the catastrophes of epidemics, and the dramas of wars.

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Between Montpellier and Béziers. Pézenas was a very important wool center.
Moliere profited from his sessions which drained important personalities, to settle there with his troop, supported by the Prince of Conti.For the gourmands a few specialties are to be discovered: Pezenas pâté, pâte en crusted and berlingots.To visit: Rue Conti, Hotel d’Alphonse 

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Abbey of Vallemagne

At 13 kilometers from Pézenas, it is one of the most prestigious Abbey of the South, founded in 1139 by Raymond Trencavel who entrusted it to Benedictine monks.Ruined by the war of one hundred years then by religious conflicts, it was restored by rich abbots in XVII and XVIIIeme century. Essential visit of the church, the monastic buildings and the cloister.

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St Guilhem the Désert

Saint Guilhem the Desert, one of the most beautiful villages of France, a spiritual stage on the Way of Santiago de Compostela, is a medieval city where you can enjoy the freshness of the Hérault not far from the Pont du Diable.
You will be able to walk in this atypical village, to visit its abbey, but also to benefit from the small pottery villages around and to sink you in the famous Cave of Clamouse. To visit : The village, the devil’s bridge, the clamouse cave

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City of Montpellier

Large commercial area of ​​the Mediterranean basin. It offers the attraction of beaches and harbors, and the garrigue serves as a jewel, a territory still wild where the rocaille and the holm oaks are spread to shelter vineyards. The heart of town is beautiful. An hour’s drive from Roujan, it’s worth spending a day there.Things to see and do: Musée Fabre, place de la Comédie, le Corum, Hotel les petites folies montpelliéraines.

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City of Narbonne

Bordering the Canal de la Robine, in the heart of a rich country of vineyards, Narbonne is a typical Mediterranean town buzzing with activity, with narrow alleys, avenues lined with plane trees, colorful markets and blond stone. What to do or visit: Fontfroide Abbey, Sigean African Reserve, its town hall and its majestic cathedral, a gourmet getaway in its lively market, rest on the beaches of Gruissan

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City of Perpignan

The city is the result of the development of a pre-Roman oppidum, capital of the Sordes, one of the great peoples of the Mediterranean Celtic. Perpignan plays the card of cultural identity. Dali found in the Perpignan station an enormous source of inspiration.To visit: Town hall, Arsenal, The Cathedral Saint-Jean-Baptiste, The cloister-cemetery, Le Castillet

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City of Beziers

Close to the sea, between vineyards and mountains, Béziers enjoys prized location. You will stroll in the heart of the town to the mansions, to the cathedral that deserves the detour. For the amateurs of Corridas, the feria takes place from 11 to 15 August. The arenas are very pretty. You will descend the Paul Riquet alleys to the Polygone on foot or by shuttle. The Canal du Midi offers bucolic landscapes and relaxing walks by bike or boat. Not to be missed: the 9 locks of Fonséranes.

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