Saint-Martin-de-Londres travel guide

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Saint-Martin-de-Londres is a picturesque village in the Hérault department of Languedoc-Roussillon, not far from Montpellier, in the south of France.

Exploring Saint-Martin-de-Londres

The main square of the village is the Place de la Fontaine and the tourist office is located here. Dominating the square is the large round clock-tower which once had a military role as a lookout tower. It has also been a prison. It is part of the original ramparts of St-Martin-de-Londres.

The main gateway into the medieval centre of the village is the 'Grand Portail'.  From here the Rue du Grand Portail leads past the small market square of La Placette and on to the church and its surrounding buildings.

The key sight in Saint-Martin-de-Londres is its beautiful 11th century Romanesque church which is the only church in Lanquedoc to be built a trefle shape (clover-leaf shape). It has a lauze (stone) roof in front of it is an attractive stone cross. Inside it has beautifully carved chapters and elegant arches leading into each of the three rounded parts of the trefle shape.

Surrounding the church is a small square, La place de l'Eglise,  with attractive stone houses and on one side a lovely stone arcade, above which is the presbytery.

Around the village there still exists a fair amount of the original ramparts.

Attractions nearby

The surrounding countryside is very pretty and good for walking. The Ravin des Arcs is a narrow canyon, 150-200m deep which has several 'arches' formed out of rock.

The beautiful city of Montpellier is about 27km south of Saint-Martin-de-Londres.

The attractive village of Les Matelles is also to the south.

You can find more travel ideas in the Herault guide and the Languedoc-Roussillon guide.

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Address: Saint-Martin-de-Londres, Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, 34380, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 43.7917, longitude 3.7325

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