Luxuriating between the garrigue and the Camargue, the “little Versailles of
the Languedoc” opens its courtyard to its guests.
A young couple, Audrey and Philippe, are among the day’s visitors. They have come to explore this Folly, a magnificent symbol of Montpellier’s rising power in the 17th century.
The French-style garden was designed by Le Nôtre, gardener to King Louis XIV, and was supplied with water by an aqueduct, a listed monument, designed by Paul Riquet, engineer of the Canal du Midi.
The gardens and fountains were sumptuous before being destroyed during the revolution. From the main courtyard, you can access the large terraces offering a superb view of the star-shaped paths, the ponds and a landscape of vineyards.