Discover the region


madierebA region of magnificent natural sites on a plateau of about 1000 km2 with an altitude from 600 to 900 m, influenced by a Mediterranean and mountainous climate.
It’s the world of calcareous soil, cut by deep valleys and canyons, with strange landscapes formed by the erosion of wind and rain. This stone dissolution has created caves, natural wells, subterranean rivers, ruinous rocks, but also ‘dolines’ or ‘lavognes’, real excavations of good cultivation land or containing water and used as drinking reservoirs for flocks.
It’s an area of magnificent retirement, unique in France, for the happiness of the eyes : a paradise for hikers and a symbol for ecologists.

We find the traces of mankind starting from the prehistory. Despite a difficult climate, different ethnic groups have settled, suffering during the centuries the unavoidable invasions and destructive wars or religions. Roman roads, menhirs and dolmens, cities built by the Knights Templar are the witnesses of this glorious past.



Navacelles La Couvertoirade : classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. A foundation of the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitalers (12th and 15th century).

Le Cirque de Navacelles : one of the most impressive sites in Europe, an enormous depth formed by the river ‘Vis’, a tributary of the river ‘Hérault’.

Abbaye de Sylvanès : Cistercian abbey from the 12th century, founded by a lord of Lodève. Classified as historical monument in 1854.

Cirque et Grotte de Labeil : old cave where the roquefort cheese was produced. The site offers a direct access to the subterranean river where the noise of the illuminated water offers a unique spectacle.

Le lac du Salagou : a huge lake surrounded by a unique landscape. You’ll enjoy all kind of watersports, biking, hiking, etc.
Saint Guilhem le Désert :exceptional site alongside the sharp drop of the river Hérault with its abbey founded in 804 by Guillaume d’Orange.

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Les Caves de Roquefort : more than one million years ago, the formation of the natural caves of the Combalou mountain results from the combined action of deformation of the rock and erosion.
The ‘fleurines’ (which means blow-hole) were formed in the rock-fall several tens or hundreds of thousands of years ago. The climatic factors have created biological conditions that encourages the development of micro-organisms called penicillium roqueforti, necessary for the production of the Roquefort cheese.

Le viaduc de Millau: inaugurated in December 2004. The highest viaduct in the world (total height of 343 m – length 2,5 km) built over the river Tarn.