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Roquebrun - a laid back village

The village of Roquebrun lies in the central south of France, between the mountains and rugged terrain of the Haute Languedoc and the ordered, tranquil vineyards so expressive of the Mediterranean. Situated on the hilly banks of the River Orb, Roquebrun is a picturesque place, with a mediaeval tower, old water mill, weir and bridge. It's a town that calls to mind the past, with its quaint cobbled streets and old, mellow stone houses, and it is a perfect place to relax, to get away from the pressures of modern life and allow yourself to simply enjoy the laid back southern ambience.

River swimming

On the long, hot, lazy days of summer, the River Orb offers a cool suggestion. Take a refreshing swim in its cool, calm, clean waters, or try your hand at canoeing, and float lazily, looking up at the lovely arched bridge and further upwards to the old village as it climbs steadily up the hillside. Roquebrun has its own stony beach, where many people come to sunbathe, swim, paddle and relax in the summer months. Then fully refreshed, wander into the village heart to sip a glass of wine at one of the little restaurants and treat yourself to a tasty meal while you are there. You can always sleep it off in the afternoon!

Things to do in Roquebrun

If you find that you still have some energy, Roquebrun does have a few shops, though not many! There is a boulangerie, tabac and a bar or two. It does have its own market though, twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays, and various festivals on throughout the year. There are also some delightful Mediterranean gardens to visit, where you can see an enormous and fascinating collection of cacti, growing in the unique microclimate offered in Roquebrun. (In fact Roquebrun benefits from a glorious climate with one of the best sunshine records in France.) If you need big city resources though, you may prefer to head for Béziers, capital of the Hérault, which is within easy reach.

Out and about

The Hérault is not only a beautiful department, with much glorious countryside to offer, but also historic and mysterious. Follow the Cathar trail, and learn about the tragedy of many of the towns and cities of the region in the religious wars of the past. Visit Béziers, Carcassonne, Rennes le Château and make up your own mind about the da Vinci code mystery!

For the active

If, however, your tastes tend to the more sporty, the area around Roquebrun will not disappoint either. Swim in the rivers and lakes, or make your way to the Med for superb warm sea swimming, or hire a bicycle or horse (or rely on Shanks's pony!) and discover the beautiful "garrigue" (wild lands) of the Haute Languedoc. In the dramatic gorges nearby, you can try the daring sports of canyoning and white water rafting, or perhaps rock climbing is more your thing. At any rate, you are bound to find an activity that takes your fancy in this diverse region!

How to get there

You can fly to Montpellier and Carcassonne. Or you can travel by train all the way to Montpellier, with a change at Paris. The drive from the UK is a long one should you decide to do it, but it is extremely pleasurable. The A9 auto route is the road you need to take you to Roquebrun.

Property prices availability in and around Roquebrun

The Hérault is a popular area, and foreign house buyers have been active in the Hérault for some years now, having discovered it as a very viable and less touristy alternative to the Riviera and Provence. Hence prices can be higher than in, say, Averyon or the Lot, but they still represent good value compared with other sections of the Med. Types of property available in the Roquebrun area are likely to include old village houses in various stages of renovation, or perhaps land approved for building on the outskirts of larger towns.

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1. Comments from a visitor to the site, who very kindly also provided the festival images

I have owned a property in the small picturesque village of Roquebrun for the last ten years. Shielded by the north-facing mountains, Roquebrun boasts its own micro-climate and produces some of the best wine in the Languedoc. Here are a couple of photos taken from the popular "Fete du Mimosa" that takes place on the second Sunday in February of each year. Well worth going to see!

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Roquebrun AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Roquebrun?

Roquebrun is located in the central south of France. It lies in the west of the Hérault department.

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IN THE REGION OF LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HÉRAULT

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Population: 576


Access: By air: Fly to Montpellier or Carcassonne. By road: The A9 auto route will get you close to Roquebrun. By rail: Montpellier offers a TGV station, so you can travel by rail from the UK via Eurostar and TGV.


Economy: The economy is based on wine production and corn.


Interesting fact: Roquebrun is situated in a place that truly encompasses all kinds of scenery, with rugged mountains and dramatic gorges together with calm, ordered vineyards. Roquebrun offers something for all tastes.

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