Our villa lies at the top of the village in a tranquil residential area with a commanding view of the surrounding Black Mountains to the north and the distant Pyrennees to the south.
The amenities include post-office and grocery store with two bakeries and a butcher; fish is available from mobile vendors and a weekly market. There is also the all important pharmacy which serves the needs of the two resident doctors in the village. Two restaurants and a tapas bar are available in the village. Leisure activities nearby include a campsite, karting track and tennis and horse riding facilities.
The regional capital of the Languedoc-Rousillon is Montpellier, a lively modern city with a vibrant student population from one of Frances oldest universities, founded in the 13c.
An airport and TGV station link the city to the departmental capital of the Herault,the city of Beziers 80 km to the west. The region itself lies between the Massif Central and the Mediterranean with a coastline of leisure resorts and beaches to suit a thriving tourist and fishing industry; the rivers Rhone to the east and Aude to the west enclose this mainly agricultural region which supports the largest wine-growing area in France. Within this area lies the World Heritage site of the Canal du Midi completed in 1681 by Paul Riquet a native of Beziers, 20 km from here.
The canal is 240 km long and links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean via the River Garonne at Toulouse and eastwards via Carcassonne and Beziers to Sete; the canal is a popular tourist venue for leisure craft and for walking or cycling along its cool, tree-lined towpath. To the north of Beziers are extensive vineyards with labels from St. Chinian and Faugeres, our own backyard, nestling amongst the increasingly hilly terrain of the National Park. Notable amongst the old villages to the north is that of St-Guilhem-le-Desert with the Abbaye de Gellone and picturesque square running down through a narrow street lined with boutiques offering a range of artwork and jewellery; there are several excellent restaurants nearby.