Grand Site de France Gorges de l’Hérault
"Grand Site de France": a jewel of culture in the heart of a natural setting
An absolute alchemy of nature and culture, the site is situated at the heart of remarkable landscapes.
Set between the hills of Saint- Guilhem-le-Désert, the Hérault gorges and the Piemont of Languedoc, a vast sun-drenched landscape of vineyards, the river Hérault winds its course. The groove the river has created over millennia and which fetches up to the ‘pont du Diable’, (11th century), offers to visitors a rugged landscape with gorges that frame the medieval town of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert and the Clamouse Cave.
It is at the heart of this ancient landscape, sculpted by the river Hérault between forest and scrubland, that Guilhem came to pray and meditate at the Combe de Gellone, and where he founded Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, nearly 1,200 years ago. The site became a meeting place in medieval times with the establishment of the Saint James pilgrim’s way to Santiago de Compostela.
This "Grand Site de France" is a revitalization place of awakening senses and spirituality!
Aniane, Argelliers, Brissac, Causse-de-la-Selle, Notre-Dame-de-Londres, Montpeyroux, Puéchabon, St-Guilhem-le-Désert,
St-Jean-de-Fos et St-Martin-de-Londres.
About 6,000 inhabitants / 21,000 hectares, of which 8,800 hectares of classified site. 2 monuments listed as World Heritage by UNESCO; two Natura 2000 sites.