Set off on beautiful routes into the pine tree hills and down through the vineyards and olive groves in the valleys; right from the front door of the villa.
Normally a quiet town, transforms into a bustling market every Tuesday. This popular market has everything from locally grown produce, cheese, honey and olives to clothes, jewelry, soaps and souvenirs. After the bustle of the market, treat yourself to a delicious lunch in the Bel Restaurant with its peaceful shaded terrace under the ash-coloured plane trees
Canal du Midi
The Canal du Midi passes through the village of Homps, where you can find restaurants and cafés and watch the boats. Hire boats for a day out on the Canal, or visit the Fonséranes locks, near Beziers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This series of eight locks over 312 m long staircase bridges a gap in water levels of 21m.
Lac de Jouarres
A brilliant place to cool down on a hot day. Next door to Homps, the water is clean with a pebble beach and grassy areas for picnics. Very popular at the weekend with locals but midweek it’s a lot quieter. There’s also a nice cafe/restaurant overlooking the lake that serves good food.
La Curiosité de Lauriole
A ‘descending road’ which looks as though it climbs! Just north of La Meurette cars stop and people examine the road to test this engaging optical illusion! Whether with a car, a ball or a bottle. A little further along on the limestone plateau is the Sentier des Meulières, an informative archaeological walk, illustrating the history of the craftsmen who mined quartz to grind the flour for bread. The panorama which offers magnificent views of the Black Mountain and the Minervois plain to the far reaches of the Pyrenees, is breath-taking!
Historical capital of the Minervois, Minerve is an old Cathar bastion surrounded by deep gorges. Captivating and typically authentic, with little gardens and streets paved with pebbles, Minerve is also popular with artists and craftsmen. Book a lunch table at the Relais Chantovent restaurant, with a beautiful terrace overlooking the gorge.
A medieval village with charming narrow streets and ancient stone buildings built around the 8th Century Abbey. Famous for its red marble, you can find numerous sculptures throughout the village and of course cafés and restaurants to relax and eat.
For an overview of the area, see below: