The medieval village of Caux is perched on a hilltop and built in a 10th Century circular street pattern “la circulade” around the church for defense. The village dates back to 961 or earlier. From its turbulent history, after the 100 Years War, Caux re-established itself by the 17th Century and many buildings and archeological sites have been well preserved.
The medieval church, a spectacular 12th century building dominates the village and the church bells can be heard throughout the day. Just like a dream, it feels like a step back in time.
Caux is quiet but quaint, yet offers all the village amenities. Today, this pretty village is thriving with commercial life. Within easy walking distance from the house there are 2 Boulangeries, (for a freshly baked baguette or pastry), la Boucherie, Patisserie, Green Grocer, Pharmacie/Chemist, Pizzaria and Post Office. There is a weekly Friday morning street market with all the local fresh produce. All just steps from the front door!
Be sure to taste the local wines which are some of the best wines in France! The Languedoc is the largest wine producing region in France.
From Caux, it is an easy 20 minute drive to Beziers, 40 minutes to charming Montpellier, approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to Carcassonne, and 30 minutes to the sandy Mediterranean beaches of Cote D’Azur, resorts of Cap D’Agde and Sete, and about 3 hours to Nice and Barcelona. The great location makes this area a perfect base for exploring the local region, or other areas of France and Europe. The 2nd largest regional park in France is close by and is great for nature lovers; Lake Salagou (40 min), the area offers many activities for the outdoor adventurist such as fishing, camping, hiking and kayaking, bicycling, walking or canoeing the river Herault. Many tourist sights are an easy drive making day trips fun and exciting. Shopping is plentiful nearby. The sunny Languedoc offers much to see and do. Experience the culture and enjoy the French way of life.
Things to Do & See
La Cite, Carcasonne
Bezier Flower Market – Perhaps the best in the South (Fridays)
Pezenas Saturday Market
Aqualand Water Park – Cap D’Agde (22 km)
Canal du Midi – Links the Atlantic with the Mediterranean (23 km)
Citadel, Montpellier – (43 km)
Lodeve – best known for its cathedral
Roquebrun – Beautiful village
Pont du Gard – Roman Aqueduct
Nimes – Coloseum & Amphitheater
Arles – Saturday market
La Couvertoirade – Medieval Knights of Templar Village (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
St Guilhem-le-Desert – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Grotte des Demoiselles – French Caves
The Camargue – Flatland famous for its pink flamingos and rare birds
The Gorges of Tarn
Lake Salagou – Outdoor/Watersport Activites
Cirque de Moureze – Amazing Rock Formations
*The possibilities are endless; please check local maps and guides for more options and the best travel routes.