About half an hour’s drive from Hérépian the pretty old town of Pézanas is well worth a visit. If possible go on a Saturday, which is market day: it’s a very colourful affair and you’ll find everything from fresh produce to clothing to arts and crafts. Look out for local honey, olives and a wide choice of Languedoc wines as well as ‘Les petits pâtés de Pézanas’ (small sweet/ savoury pies often eaten as an hors d’oeuvre – see below) and ‘Berlingots’ (boiled sweets). Continue reading
If you are interested in more of a ramble than a gentle stroll you might want to try the 13 kilometre Gorges de Colombières walk. The path is rugged and parts are much more demanding than the easy broad track of the Gorges d’Héric. Continue reading
A walk from the Couvent up to Notre Dame de Capimont – a 12th century Romanesque chapel – offers lovely views over the valley and the town of Hérépian. After a short walk along roads you follow clearly marked footpaths. Continue reading
Classed as one of the ‘plus beaux villages de France’ Olargues is stunningly picturesque and well worth exploring. As you drive towards it from Hérépian* on the D908, the dominant bell tower appears high up to your right with the village of Olargues clinging to the rocky hillside below. In the valley the the 3-arched 12 century bridge (‘Le Pont du Diable’) straddles the river Jaur. Continue reading
• Budget airlines offer cheap flights from as little as £65 return if you can be slightly flexible on dates and book in advance.
• Car hire starts at around £25 per day (Don’t automatically take the car hire service offered by your airline / travel agent. There are several comparison sites. ( e.g. kayak.co.uk or carrentals.co.uk ) Continue reading
The picturesque Canal du Midi passes close to the town of Béziers which is just over half an hour’s drive from Hérépian. If you take the D11 (Route de Capestang) out of Béziers and travel east for 15 kilometres you will reach the pretty town of Capestang which nestles beside the canal. Continue reading
If you only do one walk whilst staying at Le Covent this should definitely be it! The scenery is absolutely stunning, there’s an easy path to follow beside the gorge and it’s barely a 15 minute drive from Hérépain. Continue reading