The Grand Site of France Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert – Gorges de l’Hérault is located in the valley of the Hérault river about 40 km west of Montpellier and extends over 5 municipalities: Aniane, Montpeyrou, Puechabon, St-Guilhem-le-Desert and St Jean-de-Fos.
The village of St Guilhem-le-Désert is an essential place to visit for lovers of art history, the village being famous for sheltering the Abbey of Gellone, a building of the first Languedoc Romanesque art founded in 804. Not far from there, the Devil’s Bridge sees many pilgrims pass because it is located on the way to Santiago de Compostela, a route also listed as a World Heritage Site.
Mysticism and beauty of the site are preserved by the syndicate which manages the Grand Site where nearly 700,000 visitors a year flock. Maison du Grand site, interpretation space, cultural and arts and crafts shop are all points of discovery of the riches of the grand site.
The Gorges de l’Herault are popular for canoeing while the foothills reveal the cultivation of olive trees and vines.
On the plateaus, herds continue to open up natural spaces and thus ensure their great biodiversity.
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