Cirque de Moureze travel guide

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The village of Mourèze is in the Herault department of Languedoc-Roussillon, in the Massif Central ten kilometres west of Clermont-l'Herault and north of Pezenas.

The village is visited for the natural spectacle that stands at its feet - the Cirque de Mourèze. The Cirque is an extensive natural amphitheatre (it covers almost 1000 acres / 300 hectares) of dolomites - the hard upright rocks that remain standing when water and wind erosion has worn away the softer rock around them.

Exploring the Cirque de Moureze

France This Way review: the cirque de Mourèze is highly recommended for a visit, with scenery that is both fascinating and awe-inspiring.

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Start your visit at the Parc des Courtinals which has the best sweeping view of the cirque, and a 'table d'orientation' explaining the major formations and landmarks.

There is also also a small museum explaining the geology and history of the people who once lived here, and a reconstructed iron age hut.

There are several marked trails that lead through the cirque, of varying length taking between one hour and three hours to complete. Be sure to explore one of these because it is close up that the landscape is most strange and fascinating, in the most intact 'cirque of dolomites' in Europe.


Strange standing rock formations, worn by the rain over millions of years, emerge from the undergrowth often seeming to take the forms of various animals and structures - many of the rocks have been given names by the more romantically inclined.

The region around the Cirque de Moureze has also been occupied since prehistoric times, certainly 9000 years ago, and there are remains of more recent iron-age dwellings.

If you are visiting during the height of summer try to visit the cirque quite early in the morning, and always bring water - it gets very hot exploring and natural shade is hard to find.

Cirque de Moureze

Places close to Cirque de Moureze

The village of Mourèze itself, a small village of ancient houses centred around the 12th century gothic style Church of Sainte-Marie and with the ruins of a small ancient castle on a rock above the village, is in the heart of this picturesque setting and a pleasant village to stroll around.

The Lac de Salagou, a few kilometres north of the Cirque de Moureze, is a popular leisure lake for sunbathing, swimming and various water based activities.

The interesting village of Villeneuvette, built as a factory to produce cloth for the king and housing for the workers, is nearby.

Explore elsewhere in the Massif Central. You can find more travel ideas in the Herault guide and the Languedoc-Roussillon guide.

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Villeneuvette is a pretty small village, interesting because it was originally built as a cloth factory with housing for the workers

Villeneuvette guide
Le Lac-du-Salagou

Le Lac-du-Salagou

The Lac-du-Salagou is a popular leisure lake with a wide range of activities and several places of interest close by

Le Lac-du-Salagou guide


Clermont-l'Herault is a pleasant place to take a break if you are exploring the scenery of the region such as the Lac du Salagou and the Cirque de Moureze

Clermont-l'Herault guide


It is undoubtedly the Saint-Fulcran cathedral that will form the centre of your visit to Lodeve

Lodeve guide


The wide range of architecture and its unspoiled character make Pezenas one of our favourite towns in the region

Pezenas guide


Even as you approach Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert along the Gorges de l'Herault you can see it is rather special - and you certainly aren't disappointed when you arrive!

Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert guide

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Address: Mourèze, Clermont-l'Hérault, Lodève, Languedoc-Roussillon, 34800, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 43.62, longitude 3.3567

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