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From humble beginnings

Saint-Chinian is a relatively small town yet it is full of life. It was founded by monks in 825 who wanted to build a Monastery on the land. They then went on to create vineyards around it, which saw the start of a very prosperous local economy. Over the years a bustling village grew up among it.

The rise and rise...

Throughout its history the town certainly seemed to have God on its side. It survived unscathed from the Albigensian Crusades and went on to become even wealthier during the industrial revolution. In the 17th and 18th Centuries it began manufacturing high quality cloth.

A sense of community

Saint-Chinian is a very peaceful town with many traditional pastimes to keep you busy. The abbey church is now used as the village hall and is a great place to go for village dances.

What else is there to do?

The surrounding area is a great place for walking or bike rides. If the heat is getting the better of you and you fancy cooling down then there are a number of options. The town has its own public swimming pool, while the Mediterranean Sea is only 20 minutes away by car. Alternatively, you could hop in the River Orb at Roguenbrun or the river Cesse at Bize. The area also offers the chance to try your hand at rock-climbing, fishing, painting, golf, horse riding and kayaking or canoeing.

Food and drink

The town's wine trade used to be about quantity, producing lots of cheap wines, but in the middle of the 20th Century they changed tack and decided to focus on quality instead. The results speak for themselves. Saint-Chinian primarily produces red and rose wines. If you'd like a bite to eat then head to the Grand Rue, where there are three traditional French restaurants all providing good quality cuisine at even better prices. A market is held twice a week in the town. The English residents tend to meet on Sunday mornings for a catch up over the local produce.

How to get there

The nearest airport is in Beziers, which is currently served by Ryanair, or you could fly directly to Montpellier (Ryanair and easyJet) or Carcassonne (Ryanair). The TGV train service also stops here on its way from Paris.

St Chinian property prices

Saint Chinian, with its fantastic climate and proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, is an increasingly expensive town in which to live. Generally, the middle to the south of the Languedoc offers better value for money than elsewhere but there are still very few 'bargain properties' to be found here.

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Saint Chinian AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Saint Chinian?

Near the southern border of the department of Herault.

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Population: 1,777

Access: There are three international airports nearby, Beziers, Montpellier and Carcassonne. They all have regular direct flights to and from the UK.

Economy: Winemaking and tourism are the main backbone of this small town.

Interesting fact: There is no saint bearing the town's name. It is thought to be an adaption from the name Aniane.


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