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Clocher - Pierrerue - du Canal du Midi au Saint-Chinian

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Make sure you take a moment to explore the charms of Pierrerue, which is just 5 km from Saint Chinian as you head towards Béziers and the Mediterranean beaches. This small wine-growing town sits at the foot of the Fontjun pass and is imbued with a sense of calm and easy living.

With a terroir and climate that are perfectly suited to vines, there are a host of wine estates which will be pleased to offer you a tour of their cellars or a Saint-Chinian AOC wine-tasting session.

If beautiful rocks are your thing, you’ll enjoy wandering around the streets to see the houses of brown-red stone, the colour of which is comes from bauxite. Stopping off at the 16th century church, the fountain and the lavoir (wash-house) is an absolute must.

Up in the hills of the hamlet of Combejean, La Bosque and Le Priou are ideal spots to walk along and explore the Sainte-Suzanne chapel. Pierrerue is also the starting point for two mountain biking routes – head to the town hall square to set off on a 23 km ride (no.8 “Pierrerue-Cazedarnes”, 530m D+ (elevation)) or a 10 km route (no.17 “Pierrerue Haut”, 270m D+ (elevation)). The sweeping patchwork of the vines, fragrant garrigue scrubland and white rocks of Saint Chinian will provide a stunning backdrop for your ride.

Convinced now? Take a look at our accommodation and restaurants for an unforgettable stay in an unspoilt setting.

Its history:

Pierrerue is the birthplace of two famous figures– Captain Bacon, who devastated the surrounding area during the religious wars, and Dom Grégoire Tarisse, who backed the reform of the Benedictine order at Saint-Maur.

Don’t miss:

  • The fountain
  • The lavoir (wash-house) 
  • The hamlet of Priou
  • The Sainte-Suzanne chapel
  • The old village
  • The no.8 “Pierrerue-Cazedarnes” (17 km) and no.17 “Pierrerue Haut” (10 km) mountain biking routes




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