We have enjoyed 3 very hot and relaxing days at this beautiful and quaint medieval village in the Hérault department, just slightly north west of Béziers, in the Monts de l’Espinouse.
We are staying at the Municipal campsite and would have liked to stay longer, except that it is all booked up for the next few days, unsurprisingly. The campsite is just above the river Orb, very popular with day trippers for canoeing, kayaking, pedal boats or simply swimming, as in our case.
It’s been over 30C every day, so apart from cooling down in the river and enjoying a cold beer in the village or at our pitch, we haven’t felt the need to do much.
This morning, however, we visited the gorgeous Mediterranean gardens above the village, just past St André church. We went straight after breakfast to avoid the worst of the heat and we almost had the place to ourselves. These are very interesting gardens indeed, created in 1986, with a great variety of succulent and exotic plants, such as mimosa, and one could be forgiven for thinking we were in Mexico and not near the Mediterranean Sea, such is the abundance of huge and striking-looking cacti. We simply loved our visit, which took about an hour, and would highly recommend it to visitors to this area.
Another interesting feature of the gardens is the Tour du Village, or village tower, which stands proud on the hill, being as it was a look-out and defensive building dating back to the 10th century. The views of the village, rock formations and surrounding mountains from the gardens are stunning and well worth the effort of the climb.
Tomorrow, we are hoping to go to Lac de la Raviège by La Salvetat sur About, where there is supposed to be a good motorhome aire. We shall see…