Explore the Untamed Splendor: A Journey through St-Guilhem le Désert and the Hérault Gorges

In the meanders of the Hérault Gorges lies a natural treasure of unparalleled wild beauty: Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. Between majestic cliffs and crystal clear waters, this green setting will captivate you with its tranquility and timeless charm.

Immerse yourself in the heart of this preserved gem, where history blends with nature in perfect harmony. The medieval streets of Saint-Guilhem still resonate with the footsteps of pilgrims of yesteryear, while the song of birds accompanies your walks along the tumultuous rivers.

An enchanting setting in the heart of the Hérault Gorges

Welcome to a setting of greenery where time seems to stand still. In the heart of the majestic Hérault Gorges, the village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert reveals itself as a hidden treasure in a breathtaking landscape. Between steep cliffs and turquoise waters, a total immersion in a spectacular natural setting awaits you.

The timeless charm of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

Classified among the “Most Beautiful Villages of France”, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a medieval gem which seduces with its authenticity. Founded in the 8th century by Guilhem, cousin of Charlemagne, this Occitan village is a living testimony to medieval history. Stroll through its cobbled streets lined with stone houses and let yourself be transported by its serene atmosphere.

Hidden treasures between nature and culture

In Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, theGellone Abbey, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands out majestically. Cross it rue Chapelle des Pénitents and discover the Maison Lorimy, former penitent chapel, for a dive into local history.

Unmissable activities in the great outdoors

The Gorges de l’Hérault offer a multitude of outdoor activities. For lovers of hiking, several trails wind through breathtaking landscapes. If you prefer the water, opt for canoeing excursions, a refreshing swim or even white water sports.

The Devil’s Bridge, a medieval masterpiece

Built around the year 1030, the Devil’s Bridge is one of the oldest medieval bridges in France. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site Routes of Saint-Jacques de Compostela, this bridge offers a breathtaking view of the Hérault river. Take advantage of the beach below for a swim or simply to stroll at the foot of this historic monument.

Underground exploration at the Clamouse cave

A few minutes from Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, the Clamouse cave is a must stop. Admire rare quirks and aragonite crystals on exciting guided tours. For a unique experience, try the Caving Park or the Escape Cave, fun activities perfect for the whole family.

Discover the village of Saint-Jean-de-Fos

Located at the exit of the Gorges de l’Hérault, the village of Saint-Jean-de-Fos is renowned for its pottery workshops. Stroll through the potters’ district, attend craft demonstrations and visit the Argileum museum, a fun and educational place, ideal for young and old.

Practical information

  • Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is 40 km from Montpellier.
  • Public transport : Line 668 (Diable Bridge, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Saint-Jean-de-Fos).
  • Free shuttles : Connection between the Devil’s Bridge, Clamouse and Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert.