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OLARGUESPlus beaux villages de France

34390 (Hérault)

Haut-Languedoc

 

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Altitude: 183m / Surface: 1859 ha / 571 inhab.

Olargues, listed among "The Most Beautiful Villages in France", is located along the Jaur river, 6 km upstream from its junction with the Orb river, in a narrow valley south of the mountains'' Espinouse”.

Olargues has the distinction of being located on a bedrock forming a hill, "puòg" in Occitan, which gives its name to a neighborhood of the village. It is almost surrounded by the waters of the river.

Heritage History


Listed among the most beautiful villages in France, Olargues is a formerly fortified hilltop village, with Caroux Massif in the background

 

The village is clinging to a rocky summit with the old dungeon of a medieval castle turned into a bell tower. The Devil's Bridge, below, was built in the twelfth century.

The perfect architecture of the site and its typically medieval character dictated that Olargues be listed and included in the''national inventory of sites.”

Do not forget to visit the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions in the center of the village, in the famous staircase of the Commandery, above the Saint-Etienne chapel.

Onthe marked hiking trail “Malviès”, you will discover the Peyro Escrito (Written Stone), classified as historic monument.




 

 

To discover:

Formerly fortified hilltop village: remains of walls; a 13th century gate.

13th-16th century houses. 1617, 1675, 1676: chimneys, windows, ceilings, half-timbered houses.
Picturesque public stairway in the fourteenth century galleries (Commandery stairs).
Devil's Bridge from the twelfth century.
Former seigneurial mill.
Church Saint Laurent inaugurated in 1688.
Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions.
Rural chapel Saint-Martin-des-oeufs, on a Roman road.
Resurgence of the Frejo source.
Rock carvings called "the Peiro Escrito" from the Bronze Age
Former 13th century keep: the Castrum

 

 

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Hiking in Olargues:
- PR Malviès: a hiking card and three factsheets available for € 1 at the tourist office

 

Festivals:
Each year in Olargues, the “wheelbarrow and gardeners festival” (the first Sunday after May 11th ), fireworks on July 13th , Festibaloche (in August), the Medieval Festival (third weekend in September) and Olargues' chesnut festival (the first weekend after Halloween).
Other events are regularly organized. Information at the tourism office.

 


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Tourism Office in Olargues

Avenue de la gare - 34390 OLARGUES - +33 (0)4 67 23 02 21

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