Discover the Most Beautiful Villages of Languedoc-Roussillon
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Discover the Most Beautiful Villages of Languedoc-Roussillon

Mahaut Fauquet
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Jewels of architecture and history, the villages of Languedoc-Roussillon attract numerous tourists and visitors with their cobbled streets, marinas, and tumultuous pasts. These villages, sometimes very different from each other, all offer a tranquil atmosphere that exudes a holiday spirit.

From Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert to Villefranche-de-Conflent, each village is a gateway to the past and an invitation to live at a slower pace, in harmony with nature and history. Exploring these villages means discovering squares lined with shaded cafés, narrow streets winding between ancient stone houses, and colorful markets where local products reign supreme. It also explains why Languedoc-Roussillon has become a favorite destination for those seeking to settle in a setting of striking beauty, rich with a vibrant and dynamic heritage.

The Most Beautiful Villages of Languedoc-Roussillon


Nestled in the Hérault Valley, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a medieval village dominated by the stunning Abbey of Gellone. This village, listed among the most beautiful in France, attracts history enthusiasts and hiking lovers with its captivating natural landscapes and peaceful ambiance, as well as outdoor activities such as kayaking, which remains the best way to see the nearby “Pont du Diable” (Devil’s Bridge).

Village de Saint Guilhem le désert


Minerve is a tiny village (100 inhabitants) set in a magnificent landscape! Perched on a rocky spur, surrounded by deep gorges carved into the limestone by the confluence of the Brian and Cesse rivers, this former Cathar city impresses with its preserved architecture and spectacular surroundings. Between its spectacular viaduct bridge and the natural rock-carved bridges, the town amazes visitors with its architectural and natural treasures!

Village de Minerve


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fortified village of Villefranche-de-Conflent is an architectural gem, featuring quaint little streets, arches, small squares, and flowered balconies! Visitors come to admire the fortifications built by Vauban, shop for local crafts, and visit the Canalettes caves!

Village de Villefranche de conflent


Located north of Montpellier in the Hérault department (known for the Haut-Languedoc National Park), Saint-Martin-de-Londres is a historic fortified village! A classic stop on the Camino de Santiago, the village charms visitors with its gentle atmosphere, winding streets, Romanesque church, authentic facades, and flowered balconies. But that’s not all: the commune boasts a unique natural heritage, with four extraordinary sites:

  • The Hérault Gorges
  • Pic Saint-Loup
  • The High Garrigues of Montpellier
  • The Ravine of the Arcs
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La Roque-sur-Cèze

The village of La Roque-sur-Cèze is a hidden gem in the Gard, famous for its charming medieval architectural ensemble. Surrounded by lush vineyards and traversed by the sparkling waters of the Cèze River, this picturesque village is listed among the Most Beautiful Villages of France. Besides its cobbled streets and ancient stones that tell centuries of history, La Roque-sur-Cèze is renowned for the Cascades du Sautadet, spectacular waterfalls that captivate visitors of all ages!

Village de La Roque sur Ceze


A former fishing village and gem of the famous Côte Vermeille, Collioure is a charming village located just next to the Spanish border. Its colorful streets, bustling port, flowered balconies, and sunny weather all contribute to making it an authentic and pleasant place. Collioure enchants with its castle and its remarkable lighthouse transformed into a church. Visitors are invited to taste the local anchovies, a specialty of Collioure, while strolling along the beaches or exploring the vibrant markets offering an abundance of local products.

Village de Collioure


Often described as a museum town, Pézenas is one of the jewels of Languedoc-Roussillon! A city of art and history, it is famous for its close ties with Molière, who spent several seasons there with his theater troupe, leaving an indelible mark on the local culture. Visitors to Pézenas can admire remarkably preserved architecture, with Renaissance mansions featuring carved facades, mysterious inner courtyards, and cobbled streets evoking scenes from bygone eras. Pézenas is also known for its numerous cultural events throughout the year, including theater festivals, art exhibitions, and open studios that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the creative world of local artists.

Village de Pezenas


Often cited as one of the sunniest villages in France, Eus is a gem nestled on the steep slopes of the Pyrénées-Orientales. Its stone houses climb up the hill, offering spectacular views over the Têt Valley from the village’s summit.

Village de Eus
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Famous for its Benedictine abbey and well-preserved medieval charm, Lagrasse is a picturesque village surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills. A major tourist destination, the village thrives today thanks to its numerous artisans and local festivals, recognized throughout the region!

Village de Lagrasse


Located in the Pyrénées-Orientales, at the southern tip of Languedoc-Roussillon, Castelnou is a remarkable village that appears to have sprouted in the middle of the forest at the foot of Canigou Mountain! With its Vicomtal castle, pentagonal ramparts, and charming streets, the town is labeled as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France. It is also the starting point for many hikes in the Catalan mountains, offering breathtaking views of the region.

Village de Castelnou

A Region Rich in Landscapes and Historical Heritage

From Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert with its exceptionally preserved medieval heritage to Minerve perched on its rocky spur, the villages of Languedoc-Roussillon are not only tourist destinations but also living witnesses to European history and culture. Whether you are seeking a peaceful haven for your holidays or a new idyllic place to live, the region offers a range of villages that can meet every desire and need! Discovering these hidden treasures in person is the best way to fully appreciate what the region has to offer, so we encourage you to explore these gems yourself. This journey might just lead you to discover your future home!

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