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a cool space in the middle of the garrigues The Hérault Gorges

The Hérault Gorges

The Hérault Gorges remains an unspoilt and particularly wild site, 30 minutes from Montpellier.

A spot for outdoor activities

In an exceptional landscape of Mediterranean hills, the site of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is an architectural masterpiece not to be missed.

Between Saint Bauzille de Putois and Saint-Guilhem, the river offers a multitude of places suitable for swimming.

The Hérault valley is a cool place in the middle of the garrigues.

The area around the gorges offers many leisure activities: canoeing, hiking, climbing…

St Guilhem-le-Désert

In this exceptional landscape of Mediterranean hills, don’t miss the village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert — take a stroll through one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France on the Saint James of Compostela Way and discover the Val de Gellone, a stone backdrop of breathtaking cliffs with thyme, oak and pine all clinging on. It’s a landscape made up of stone and sky

At its heart nestles the legendary town of Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, its old streets having basked under the Languedoc sun for twelve centuries.

They all bear the traces of their past in their architectural details; their arches, their lintels, their mullioned windows.

Developed around the Gellone Abbey, the village has retained a strong medieval imprint, constituting a whole village of rare harmony.

This ‘Grand Site’, is one of the most beautiful villages of France and its abbey is now classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO under the Saint James of Compostela Way in France.

Organize My trip and hike

  • Bring good shoes, water bottles, sunglasses, hats and provisions
  • If this is your first hike, be accompanied
  • Stay humble and select a route at your level

    Set off on one of the many hiking trails in the Hérault valley.

    From the more athletic itineraries in the Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert mountains to the family loops in the wine-growing plain of the Hérault, there is something for everyone…