Holidays in Montblanc

Situated by the river Thongue the medieval french town of Montblanc is beautifully placed to explore the Languedoc region or just get a tan on the Mediterranean beaches.

Like many of the towns in this area, Montblanc dates back to Roman times or even further to when the Greek settlers first came and planted grapes and olives trees in the area. There are no written records before the eleven hundreds but by that time the town had three hundred inhabitants and a chateau with its church. The ancient roman Via Domitia which linked Rome to Spain passes just south of the town.

The roman church of St Eulalie

The main industry is wine production. The town is surrounded on all sides by vineyards, some belonging to individuals and some to the large Domaines.  In 1937 115 local wine growers got together and formed the Cave Cooperative of Montblanc and it is here that many of the small individual growers bring their grapes at harvest.

Today Montblanc is a lively town of some 2500 inhabitants. In the center of the town you will find all amenities and many features of historical interest. There is a small supermarket, newsagent/tabaconist, butcher, two bakeries, flower shop and hairdresser and a small hardware store. There is a lively café bar in the town square. There is a Pharmacy and medical practice.

The former communal baking oven

There is a market in the town square three times a week

The  towns of Pezenas,Agde, and Beziers are close by, (Pézenas 10 Km Beziers 12 Km) the coast about 15 minutes. The Carroux Mountains and Lake Salagou in the Parc Naturel de Haut Languedoc are a short drive away with walking, canoeing and lots of other outdoor activities.

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