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).
Walk down the narrow cobbled streets in the old town centre beside some grand town houses from the 16th, 17th and 18th century, browse the many antique shops and watch thirty local craftsmen at work: glass blowing, painting, sculpting and more.
Pézanas’ greatest claim to fame is undoubtedly its connection to Molière. The playwright stayed and performed here with his theatre group (L’Illustre Théâtre) in the mid-17th century and one of the rooms in the restored 17th century Hôtel de Payrat houses a 3D show on his life and work. A visit to the tourist office in the same building will provide further information about the town and furnish you with an audio guide to Pézanas if you so wish.
How to get there:
Take the D909A south from Hérépian and after 8 kilometres take a left turn onto the D13. The D13 takes you through Roujan to Pézanas.
Distance from Hérépian: 33kilometres