Lunas and area, Herault tourism & sightseeing
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Lunas, Avene, Brenas, Ceilhes et Rocozels, Dio et Valquieres and Joncels are small but pretty villages in the area known as the 'Pays des Monts et des Sources', 'Land of Mountains and Springs'.
Take a drive through this pretty countryside and stop to discover the pretty villages tucked away in this peaceful area of the Herault department in Languedoc Roussillon.
For a quiet day away from the coast or the vibrant city of Montpellier explore some of the less well known countryside of the Languedoc Roussillon region. Driving through the pretty countryside of hills and rivers is a pleasure.
One of the biggest of the villages Lunas has a pretty setting on the edge of the River Gravezon. Attractive stone terrassed houses and the chateaux de Lunas with its attractive square turrets line the river bank. (See main photo above).
Visit the tourist office next to the Church of Saint Pancrace and pick up a leaflet which can guide you through the main sights of Lunas.
Take a look at the a frieze sculpted with human and animal heads of the Saint Pancrace church in the village. On the edge of the village is an older church, the Chapel of Saint George which is the oldest building in the village.
The original chateau, which sat above the village, was burned down in 1627 and later rebuilt next to the river in 1641.This is now a restaurant allowing you to admire the castle at the same time as enjoying a pleasant lunch or dinner.
The houses of the village tend to have a ground floor which was originally used for animals. The next floor was for living in and therefore has windows and the most decorative parts of the facade. Above this was a storage area. On the eaves of the roofs look for the 'genoises', these are rows of tiles which divert the rain and the more rows there are the richer was the owner!
The village of Joncels has a main square with an unusual feature - two of its sides are the remains of a cloister. Joncels used to be home to a Benedictine Abbey whose origins date back to the 8th century.
In the Middle Ages it was one of the most important abbeys in the Languadoc and was a stop on the pilgrimage route to Saint Jacques de Compostelle.
Look inside the abbey to see the 16th century alterpiece and the wooden shrine containing the relics of Saint-Benoît.
Look out for the 'Villa Issiates' with its sculpted wooden features.
Joncels is classified as being a "Village d'Interet superieur".
Dio & Valquieres
Driving to Dio and Valquieres you will notice the change in colour of the earth around here. It is an unusual deep red colour like that around the Lac du Salagou. Set above the village of Dio is a large castle which is currently being renovated.
Nearby is Valquières with pretty medieval houses set around a 12th century church with a lauzes roof (roof tiled with stone tiles).
Also in this area of 'mountains and streams' is the village of Avène with its unusual circular layout and of course its important spring which is used in the Avene spa and the Avène beauty products.
Brenas, Ceilhes and Rocozels are also villages in this area with various points of interest such as lakes, churches and fountains.
Places to Visit Nearby
To the east is one of France's most beautiful villages - Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert.
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Address: Lunas, Lodève, Languedoc-Roussillon, 34650, France || GPS: latitude 43.787, longitude 3.197
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Lodeve: recommended detour (12 km)
- Le Caylar: village d'etape (13 km)
- La Couvertoirade: most beautiful village (17 km)
- Abbaye de Sylvanès (Sylvanes): religious monument (20 km)
- Valle du Salagou: grand site of france (20 km)
- Cirque de Mourèze: site of natural beauty (23 km)
- Cirque du Moureze: site of natural beauty (23 km)
- Cirque de Vissec: site of natural beauty (25 km)
- Mont Caroux: site of natural beauty (26 km)
- Cirque de Navacelles: grand site of france (28 km)
- Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert: most beautiful village (29 km)
- St Guilhem le Desert ancienne abbaye (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (29 km)
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