Located 15 km east of Montpellier, Saint-Brès is an old wine village as evidenced by the winegrowers’ houses and storage barns on the streets of the Cascade and of Fontmagne in the heart of the village. Today this is a bustling thoroughfare.

A bit of History

Saint-Brès stems from the name Saint Brice. A monk who became a priest and then bishop of Tours in 397, he was well known for his loose morals and was banished from the city of Tours but undertook a journey to Rome to plead his innocence.

It was during this trip that he would have founded the village. Forgiven, he was canonised in 444. Today, as the patron saint of judges, he is celebrated every November 13th, with the traditional celebrations in St. Brès being accompanied by bullfights.

At the entrance to the centre of the town by the Old Bridge is a building from the eleventh century overlooking the river Bérange. In the past this river was navigable and allowed the transport of goods as far as the port of Candillargues on the Etang de l’Or.

In March, a carnival is organised featuring a parade of floats some of which are borrowed from the renowned Nice Carnival.

With a playground, skate-park and more, young people are particularly catered for here.

If you fancy a walk, take a short stroll up Carbonnier hill; its summit affords stunning views of the village on one side, and of the wine plain stretching into the distance on the other.

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