Hérault in France – where one can explore the beauty of natural heritage. Part 1

Do you want to visit French mountains which landscapes can take your breath away because of their beauty and not difficult climbing?

If your answer is yes, that you should definitely visit Herault.

Mountains in the department are not very high which makes hiking possible at all different types of levels.

Pic Saint Loup, 2022

Herault is a part of Occitania, Southern France. With the Cevennes mountains at the north, the department is often called an open amphitheater facing the sea.

With average altitude around 200 m, it still offers a few sommets that exceed 1000m, like Mount Aigoual.

Some of the mountains here have been object of urbanisation in the past.

Medieval architecture and original buildings and constructions might be inspiring for longer walks.

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is essentially a medieval village located on the Chemin de St-Jacques (Way of St. James) pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella.

Numerous traditional stone houses and buildings in the village, many now carefully restored, and other architectural highlights are worth visiting.

The village ‘centre’ the Place de la Liberte is a quiet square is dominated by a plane tree, said to be more than 160 years old.

Devil’s bridge (in French, Pont du Diable), located near to Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, is another touristic attraction. Constructed by Benedicine monks during the first half of the 11th century, it linked the abbey at Aniane and the Gellone Abbey at the village. Subject of reconstructions, it has been widened and raised several metres around 1770.

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