Castries takes its name from an ancient Roman Castrum located on the Via Domitia built to link Italy to the Spanish peninsula.
It was most probably a Roman look out post watching over the communication roads below. The castle is mentioned from the end of the 11th century.
Listed as a historic monument in 1966, it is adorned with a french garden designed by Louis XIV’s gardener, André Le Nôtre.
An aqueduct was needed to bring water to the garden.
Built in 1676, it was designed by Pierre-Paul Riquet, the Canal du Midi engineer. It links the Fongrand sources to Guzargues over 7 kms , 1.8 km of which are elevated. Its elegant arches can be admired by following the public footpaths.
Also not to be missed, are the former quarries listed as a historic monument.
25 rue Sainte-Catherine
Tél : + 33 (0)4 67 52 04 24
Closed out of summer
OPEN IN SUMMERTIME from July 1st to August 30th 2019
monday to friday from 9.30am to 12.30 and 2pm to 5pm
►Closed on bank holidays.
GPS coordinates : Latitude : 43,673489 ; Longitude : 3,982602
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Exit 28 (A709)
Free Parking for visitors
Tramway : until Castelnau le lez (P+Tram Notre Dame de Sablassou) then bus 112 (Hérault Transport) , [or line 27 ou line 31 (if booked 1 hour in advance with TAM)] : Stop Centre (Tourist Office at 200 meters)
No access for disabled persons