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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault

Avène - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault

Village to the circular architecture, nestled in a bend of the Orb valley, in the Regional Natural Park of Haut Languedoc, Avène has retained its authenticity with its narrow streets topped by beautiful porches. Avène had a very important mining activity until 1954, but since two centuries it is the water that gives it a vocation inspired by the spas. Avène receives a cosmopolitan clientele, here everything is done to restore themselves to unspoilt nature.

Geographical information

Latitude43.7569660 (N 43° 45’ 25”)
Longitude3.0992300 (E 3° 5’ 57”)
AltitudeFrom 294m to 978m
Surface area62.65 km²
Population314 inhabitants
Density5 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMontpellier (83 km, 1h14)
Insee code34019
IntercommunalityCC Avène - Bédarieux - Lamalou - Taussac - le Bousquet d'Orb

Nearest cities & towns

Ceilhes-et-Rocozels10 km (13 min)
Le Bousquet-d'Orb13.4 km (20 min)
Lunas15.4 km (21 min)
La Tour-sur-Orb18.6 km (25 min)
Le Clapier19.3 km (29 min)
Joncels19.4 km (27 min)
Roqueredonde19.9 km (27 min)
Mélagues23 km (36 min)
Graissessac23 km (36 min)
Saint-Gervais-sur-Mare24 km (44 min)
Romiguières24 km (33 min)
Dio-et-Valquières24 km (37 min)
Camplong24 km (35 min)

Things to see and do

The unavoidable :

dermatology spa.

Avène village and its circular architecture.

Panorama of the Virgin.

St. Martin's Church.

Bridge of the twelfth century.

Romanesque church of St. Andrew Rieussec.

Fontaine and bread oven Planes of the fifteenth century.

Romanesque church of St. Bartholomew Arnoye.

Lake Dam Mountains of Orb.

Pole of rural excellence "the tanning mill of Salesse".

3 courses of marked orienteering on Avène.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Water Festival, Nature and Heritage, from mid-July to early August.

Harvest Festival at Truscas the 3rd Sunday of July.


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The Orb
The Orb
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Water House, tanning mill of Salesse
Water House, tanning mill of Salesse
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Tourist Office
Tourist Office
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Tourist Office
Tourist Office
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby



Swimming in water level of Bouloc Ceilhes.

Swimming at the leisure of the Prade Lunas.

Circuit discovery marked the village of Joncels and its abbey.

Circuit discovery marked the village of Lunas.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canyoning where the three valleys meet
Sports sensations30 € Mons (23 km)
Velorail and tourist train in Larzac
Nature and the great outdoors12 € to 25 € Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon (25 km)
Meetings with winegrowers and royal manufactory
Nature and the great outdoors5 € to 25 € Villeneuvette (29 km)
Learn how Lacaune ham is made
Local flavours3 € Lacaune (33 km)
Tour and tasting at an oil mill
Local flavoursFreeMurviel-lès-Béziers (33 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Mont Méla Loop
HikeEasy2h00Mélagues (6.8 km)
The Small Tower
HikeIntermediate3h00Mélagues (6.8 km)
The Vayssède and the Thalis Ford
HikeEasy1h30Mélagues (6.8 km)
Fanjaud Ravine
HikeIntermediate3h00Mélagues (6.8 km)
Cayla Forestry House
HikeEasy2h00Mélagues (6.8 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals