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Saint or St Geniès de Fontedit - a village in a sea of vineyards

The village of St Geniès de Fontedit (or St Genies de Fontedit) is situated in the very heart of the Languedoc wine country, which is probably the most prolific wine producing region of France. There is no escaping this fact in the village, as all around it you will see hectares upon hectares of vines, diligently tended all year round.

Typical Languedoc style

St Geniès de Fontedit itself is typical of the region. Built from local stone, the houses are a mixture of natural stone and crépi, the distinctive render with which many houses in this region are treated. St Geniès de Fontedit is built around its church, in traditional 'circulades' fashion, and this lovely building forms a natural and impressive centrepiece.

A Grand café… and a frog fountain!

Watching the world go by from a great café is a time honoured way of life in France, particularly here in the south, where time seems to have even less meaning. The Grand café, in the village, is one of the best, and has a stunning mural to enjoy as well. Once fortified by your coffee, you could take a little walk around St Geniès de Fontedit, stopping to admire the quaint and unusual frog fountain on your way.

A butcher, a baker… and a hairdresser!

For a rural village, St Geniès de Fontedit has an excellent selection of shops and amenities. There is a butcher, a baker, a grocer and a post office, for life's little necessities, and for life's little luxuries there is the café, the wine cave, a florist and the all important hairdresser! This is, after all, France, home of the coiffure.

Places to go and things to do…

Due to its enviable location, there is a huge choice of places to go and things to do in the immediate area around St Geniès de Fontedit. The first that comes to mind is a trip to one or more of the wine domains, to see how the wines are produced, and to taste one or two to find your personal favourite. After this, you may like to visit nearby city of Béziers, whose history encompasses the tragic Cathars and the wars of religion. The modern city is excellent for shopping and dining, and there is plenty of culture too, so make a day of it.

Sun, sea and sports

St Geniès de Fontedit is around a twenty minute drive from the lovely sun kissed beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, so there is no excuse for not spending some time at the seaside. Here you will find safe swimming and sunbathing as well as watersports. A little inland, the mountains and the gorges provide a great location for white water sports such as canoeing and kayaking, and between the two there are all manner of other sporting opportunities such as horse-riding, walking and cycling, not to mention tennis and the ever popular golf.

How to get there

There are numerous possibilities available to you when you want to travel to St Geniès de Fontedit from the UK. Ryanair, the low cost airline, GB Airways and flagship airline British Airways all offer direct flights into Montpellier, and it is also possible to choose to fly to Béziers (the closest airport), Carcassonne, Perpignan and Nîmes, all with Ryanair. (Bmibaby and flybe also fly into Carcassonne.) Those wishing to travel by train can take a Eurostar to Lilles, and then change to a TGV to Montpellier. There is also a train station at Béziers.

Property prices and availability in and around St Geniès de Fontedit

Property in the Hérault is generally quite expensive, although less so than along the coast into Provence. St Geniès de Fontedit, although in essence a historic village consisting of traditional properties, offers the chance to buy more modern housing on its outskirts, or even to purchase a plot of land and design your own dream home. This can prove quite cost effective. The rental market in the area is usually very good, so there is a potential rental income for property here.

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St Geniès de Fontedit AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS St Geniès de Fontedit?

The village lies in the south of France, in the very south of the Hérault department, just inland from the Mediterranean coast.

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Population: 1,100

Access: By air: Fly to Béziers, Montpellier, Carcassonne, Perpignan or Nîmes. By rail: Take a TGV to Montpellier having changed at Lilles.

Economy: The economy is principally based on wine production, but olives and corn are also significant.

Interesting fact: The village of St Geniès de Fontedit lies on the border of two great wine territories, Fougères and St Chinian. It can be very interesting to compare the two wines, which are produced so close together but have distinct characteristics!


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