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12 km west of Montpellier and perched on a hill, the village of Saussan is surrounded by vineyards, scrubland and water, with two tributaries of the Mosson (the Brue and the Vertoublanc) passing to the east of the village. A beautiful natural setting, it is crossed by the historic routes of Via Domitia and Via Salaria.

A bit of History

The Celsiana Roman villa would have represented the beginnings of the village of Saussan: it was then a large agricultural area, bordering the Via Domitia, which passed to the south of where Saussan currently is.

In the Middle Ages, the village expanded and the site acquired a castle, a church, houses and a city wall. Vestiges of this period include the Castellas Tower and the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, the latter now very much appreciated by musicians for its excellent acoustics.

Saussan is also located on Via Salaria, the salt road that linked the Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone salt marshes to the Massif Central range. Mansions with imposing gates and facades still bear witness to the prosperity of the village in relation to the wine producing activities of this region.

Keenly appreciated by walkers, the Bois (woods) de Garenne, situated behind the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church offers an ideal starting point for rustic rambles along the course of the river Brue with the first summits of the Cevennes mountains on the horizon.

To the south of the village is an area classified Natura 2000, indicating that rare and protected species inhabit these places: the Lulu lark, Montagu’s harrier, the short-toed eagle, the European roller…