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Clermont l'Hérault - a beautiful southern town

The town of Clermont l'Hérault, which lies in the south of France not far from the historic cities of Béziers and Montpellier, is a beautiful and typically southern town glowing with Mediterranean colour. The terracotta shades of the buildings predominate, enlivened by splashes of the vibrant blues and greens of the window shutters and the bright pinks and scarlets of the flowers in the many window boxes and hanging baskets.

Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards

Even the cooling spray of the town's fountains seems to shine with a rainbow of colours reflected by the white hot rays of the sun. Surrounded by the olive groves and vineyards that characterise the Hérault department, Clermont l'Hérault is only a half-hour drive from Montpellier, and just 25 miles or 40 kilometres to the Mediterranean Sea.

Historic importance

The town has some very interesting and important historic sites and buildings. Its castle, once the seat of the ruling family of the Guilhems, is thought to be one of the best preserved feudal castles in France. It is also worth taking a look at the Guilhem tower, part of the original fortifications of the town, and trying to picture the past battles which raged in this region as the townsfolk tried to repel invaders. Not least among these invaders were the English... even the Church of St Paul was fortified in an effort to keep the English out. Today, however, the English are welcomed... whether as visitors or as residents... so you can leave your bow and arrows at home!

Town life

Clermont l'Hérault is a lively town with a great cultural and social life. The cultural centre is housed within a beautifully restored Gothic chapel and offers many artistic exhibitions and events. There is also a theatre, a cinema, a library and a school of music. The town has all the amenities required, and there are plenty of good shops and supermarkets. The Wednesday morning market is always cause for a little celebration of all things French, so get yourself out of bed and don't forget to take your basket!

Wining and dining in Clermont l'Hérault

Wining and dining are the other great French pastimes you can enjoy to the full in Clermont l'Hérault, as there are a good number of excellent bars and restaurants. Many of the bars offer a dish of the local olives as an aperitif. These are the distinctively shaped and superbly flavoured Lucques olives grown in the olive groves around the town. Do try them if you get a chance as they are quite delicious.

Country life

The landscapes around the town are very lovely, and typically Mediterranean. Olive groves vie with vineyards for your attention, and in the hills wild thyme and lavender grow everywhere, scenting the air with the unmistakeable smell of a southern summer. The Mediterranean Sea is only a short drive away, but if you prefer to stay close to home for your sporting and leisure activities there is a superb leisure lake at Salagou, close to Clermont l'Hérault. Here you can take part in many sports, including swimming, sailing, windsurfing, fishing and tennis. There are also well marked trails for mountain biking, horse-riding and walking.

How to get there

Montpellier is the nearest airport, but it is also perfectly feasible to fly into Carcassonne, Toulouse or Nîmes, should you prefer. Montpellier is served by British Airways, GB Airways and Ryanair; Carcassonne and Nîmes by Ryanair; and Toulouse by bmibaby, British Airways, easyJet, flybe and bmi. Train travel is also straightforward with stations at both Montpellier and Béziers, both of which link to the TGV stop at Toulouse. If you are driving you will find the town from the A75 or the A750. It is a long but fascinating journey through France that takes you over the incredible feat of engineering that is the Millau Bridge.

Property prices and availability in and around Clermont l'Hérault

Property in the Hérault has risen dramatically in price in the last ten years, but it still represents good value for the region. This part of the Languedoc is close to the Provençal regions popularised in literature and travelogues, and compares very favourably to the prices there whilst offering many of the same advantages.

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Clermont l'Hérault AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Clermont l'Hérault?

Clermont l'Hérault is found in the central south of France. It lies is the centre of the Hérault department.

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Population: 8,000

Access: By air: Fly into nearby Montpellier, or Carcassonne, Nîmes or Toulouse. By rail: The nearest railway stations are located at Montpellier and Béziers. The TGV runs into Toulouse. By road: Accessed from the A75 and the A750.

Economy: The economy is varied and developing. Traditional industries include olive growing and wine production.

Interesting fact: Clermont l'Hérault has one of the best preserved feudal castles in France, the castle of the Guilhem family who were the ruling family of the area in the 12th century.


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