A day to discover one of the “most beautiful villages in France“ St Guilhelm le désert and incredible natural sites such as the Cirque de Mourèze and the Lac de Salagou
Just an hour’s drive from Montpellier, discover Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, a typical Languedoc village, a stopover on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela (classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO). This village, classified among the „most beautiful villages in France“ has only 300 inhabitants but more than one million tourists each year. You will discover its prestigious religious past with its thousand years old romanesque church hosting the relics of St Guilhelm, Charlemagne‘s first cousin, and a piece of the real cross of Jesus Christ. Stroll along this path to St Jacques and enjoy its sumptuous landscapes over the village, le cirque de l‘Infernet, the mountains of St Guilhelm, the flora of the garigue (juniper,thyme, lavender, rosemary,..). Free time at the end of the day in the village; stop at the famous Pont du Diable (Devil‘s Bridge) over the Hérault gorges, one of the oldest medieval bridges in France, built 1000 years ago.
Discover the Cirque de Mourèze, a famous sea of rocks with strange shapes. The Cirque de Mourèze offers a surprising natural setting. The site, formed by limestone rocks sculpted by erosion, appears as a ruinous landscape. Strange shapes that allow all interpretations. This chaos of limestone rocks with gigantic shapes projects us into another universe, magical, timeless, even extraterrestrial! Take sport shoes.
Free time at the Lac de Salagou, a real oasis in the middle of a martian landscape, made of red earth, called les ruffes. This lake will amaze you with its original colours and ancient extinct volcanoes. Swimming is possible at the lake.