Rendez-vous in Minerve

  • Minerve

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    Minerve

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  • Minerve

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    Minerve

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Rendez-vous in Minerve 34210 Minerve fr

The fortified medieval village of Minerve lies in the midst of the arid landscape of Hérault and still today retains traces of its rich past. Perched atop a rocky peninsula, the village is naturally protected by the canyon that wraps around it.

From its overhanging position, this mineral-rich village sits tucked in between between lush valleys of garrigue, vineyards, olive groves and chestnuts.

As the historic capital of the Minervois region, Minerve is also one of the pestigious gateways to the Haut-Languedoc Natural Regional Park and is classified among France's Most Beautiful Villages.

Minerve bears the imprint of prehistoric hunter-gatherers, but is perhaps best known as the site of the painful crusade against the Cathars that took place during the year 1210.

But today, Minerve has also come to be recognized for its great wines. The first vines in the area were planted by the Romans, but over the years Minerve has developed the production of full-bodied and fruity wines.

Not to be missed

  • The ramparts that still surround the city
  • The chateau remains: Le Candela (Minerve's chateau) dates back to the 13th century, but today only its large octogonal column remains
  • The 11th century church of Saint Étienne: This Romanesque-style church can be found at the village's summit. It's altar is said to date back to the year 456.
  • The Rue des Martyrs : It is said that the Cathars walked along this path before being burned at the stake.

In the surrounding area

  • Devèze grotto: This site of great natural beauty is nicknamed "the palace of the glass spinner" because of its delicate formations.
  • Cabrespine chasm: This immense chasm is located in the entrails of the Black Mountain.
  • Haut-Languedoc natural regional park
  • Olargues : Another of France's Most Beautiful villages, located at the foot of the Caroux mountain.

Access

By plane:

  • Carcassonne airport (58 km away)
  • Béziers Cap d'Agde airport (66 km away)
  • Perpignan–Rivesaltes airport (96 km away)
  • Montpellier Méditerranée airport (120 km away)

By train: SNCF to Lezignan Aude

By car: Highway D5, exit Alonzac

Contact

Le Minervois Tourism Office
Rue des Martyrs
34210 Minerve

+33 (0)4.68.91.81.43

 

 

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