St Guilhem Le Desert, France, Herault

St Guilhem Le Desert, France, Herault
St Guilhem le Desert is a little village in the Hérault department of France. St Guilhem is classified among the most beautiful villages in France (Les plus beaux villages de France), and its inhabitants are called the Saute-rocs or even Saute-rochers (rocks leapers, rocks jumpers). The history of Saint Guilhem le Desert goes back in the year 804. Guillaume (Guilhèm in the Occitan language), Count of Toulouse and Duke of Aquitaine, describes the region as a ‘desert’, because there is …

Pic Saint Loup, France, Hérault

Pic Saint Loup, France, Hérault
The Saint-Loup Peak (Pic Saint-Loup) is a mountain located in the department of Hérault, in Languedoc-Roussillon (France). From its peak (658m), the Pic Saint-Loup dominates the scrublands of Herault. A large iron cross, an observation point and as well, a chapel from a former hermitage await you at the top. Between the Cevennes and the Mediterranean Sea, about 20 km north of Montpellier, the peak is visible from much of the department of Herault and Gard, and even from the …

Vivioures Castle, Herault, France

Vivioures Castle, Herault, France
Viviourès Castle, also known as the Roquette Castle (Château de la Roquette) is located in the department of Herault, in the south of France. Built on the Hortus mountain, between the villages of Valflaunès and Saint-Martin-de-Londres, 25 km from Montpellier. It faces the Pic Saint-Loup, and is surrounded by a landscape of scrub (garrigue), with its oak and limestone. The Viviourès Castle once served as a fortress but also a place to live. The first mention of the castle date …

Palavas, Carnon, Mediterranean Sea

Palavas, Carnon, Mediterranean Sea
Located in South of France, on the Mediterranean Sea shore, the towns of Palavas (Palavas-Les-Flots) and Carnon are a big attraction for tourists who are visiting the Gulf of Lion in Languedoc-Roussillon, during Summer time. Their beaches are a nice playground for kite surfers, beach volleyball and beach tennis players. There is no big waves, so it’s not ideal for surfers, but you can see some from time to time. Personnaly, I prefer the periods when there is much less …

Camargue, Lattes,Perols, France

Camargue, Lattes,Perols, France
Also called Camargue by some, the lagoon area between Lattes and Pérols (Hérault, France), is part of the region where I was born. Officially, the Camargue stretches form the Bouches-du-Rhone to the department of Gard, and is formed by the Rhône delta. There is also the Petite Camargue, part of the Camargue located west of the Petit Rhône in the Gard. Located along the Mediterranean Sea, not far from Montpellier, this area includes many marshes, ponds, “sansouïres” (biotopes made of …