Yes, the region is a paradise for cycling but there are also a lot of other things to do. We’re positioned just 35km west of Montpellier and all its attractions, and 45km north of the beautiful Mediterranean beaches.
This short video shows some of the sites of the Hérault which are all just a short ride away from Hidden House!
If history and old world charm is your thing then the region is certainly for you with all the charming little villages dotted around with their ancient churches, chateaux, cobbled streets and long and interesting histories. A personal favourite is Saint Guilhem le Désert.
This is a cool medieval village that is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France and its ancient abbey is registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. St Guilhem is just 11km down the road from Hidden House and if you’re heading down there I’d recommend stopping in at the neighbouring village of St Jean de Fos on the way and also checking out the Devil’s bridge (pont du diable). If it’s summer time stop by at the river beach under the bridge for a swim in the clear water or just for a BBQ or picnic with friends.
For the adventurous, just after St Guilhem there is some excellent rafting on the Herault river to be had with numerous companies providing rentals of equipment.
Also just a short drive away is the famous Salagou Lake (Lac du Salagou) with its red dirt and spectacular views it’s a popular picnic area and also for watersports, hiking and more. For the MTB’ers there are some very cool and well marked trails around the lake (bike hire available in Clermont l’Herault – 7km from Hidden House) and for the hikers and tourist drivers there are many circuits to follow to take it all in.
For the lovers of shopping in little boutiques, wandering around ancient streets and yummy food the town of Pezenas is definitely worth a visit. Lots of great restaurants, interesting little shops from local producers of arts and crafts, food and wine and more.
Other sites to visit nearby include the Cirque du Navacelles, an amazing cratered landscape with tiny lost villages and isolated walking tracks, the Cirque du Moureze, another amazing landscape – this one punctuated with unusually shaped limestone rocks and cliffs formed over thousands of years of erosion.
There is of course lots more to see and do in the region so when planning your stay at Hidden House make sure you ask me what’s on at that time of the year. There are many free animations throughout the year and depending on the period it could be music festivals, art exhibitions, guided history tours, triathlons, MTB races, cyclosportifs or more.
The daily lifestyle here in the South is what it’s all about though and I would thoroughly recommend visiting the local producer’s markets that are in our village every week (3 times a week in summer) and even travelling to one of the larger neighbouring towns for an even bigger market to experience the true ‘French’ experience. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a meal of fresh, locally produced delicacies topped off with a local wine – the Herault Valley does have the largest amount of vineyards per square kilometre than any other region in France so you are sure to find one – or many – that you love.
I look forward to seeing you in the region soon,