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Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, the ideal holiday destination
Ramparts, abbey, château, museum... in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, there’s a new gem to discover at every street corner! With its official label of “Grand Site de France”, Saint-Guilhem also enjoys a truly exceptional setting: with the mountains as its backdrop and the Gorges de l’Hérault down below. Saint-Guilhem alone sums up the very best the Languedoc has to offer!
Just a few minutes away, your spot in the sun awaits you in the comfort of a Sandaya campsite, under the canvas of your tent, in a mobile home or an adventurer’s lodge. Here’s where you swap the pleasures of the river for those of the swimming pool: shooting down the waterslides, aquagym lessons in the heated pools, relaxing on the sunloungers... You’ll never be short of an excuse to hit the water! And for the rest of the time? Let free activities and entertainment, sport and a delicious break or two bring their holiday rhythm to each day. One thing is certain, you’ll be heading home with a multitude of fabulous memories of your campsite stay in the Hérault!
Visit Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert with the family
With the sun of Languedoc-Roussillon shining brightly overhead and the river sparkling below, you won’t be able to resist the call of the water! After a charming walk through the streets of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, grab your beach towel and swimsuit and head for the Pont du Diable. A Unesco world heritage site, its natural beach marks the entrance to the Gorges de l’Hérault. Bonus: the beach is lifeguarded in high season!
Watersports fan? You’re going to feel right at home here where the canoe is king! Upstream from Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, several activity centres offer trips adapted to every level and every age. What better way to combine sport, bathing and exploring the sublime scenery of the region!
Visit Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert as a couple
The perfect spot for a languid stroll, the beauty of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is even more appreciable hand-in-hand! First stop on your picturesque visit: the Gellone Abbey in the heart of the town, a relic of Romanesque architecture it is also listed by Unesco as a world heritage site. So take time out to wander through the cloister and discover its eventful history!
After your visit, head off along the “Chemin du Bout du Monde” footpath to admire the impressive cliffs that surround the medieval village and the river below. So, how about a gentle hike, the air heady with all the fragrance of southern France?
Camping Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert: our handy tips for a successful stay
Enjoy a voyage through time with a visit to the village museum, the Musée du Village d’Antan, and discover the life and trades of yesteryear.
In the heart of the medieval town, head for the Place de la Liberté and take a moment to enjoy a delicious ice cream on the terrace!
Visit the Maison du Grand Site in Aniane, the perfect spot to sample one of the AOC wines so special to the region!
Delve into the depths of the incredible Clamouse cave nearby, justly known as the “cathedral of time”!