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Pignan - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault

At 15 minutes from Montpellier and all the beaches, is among Pignan Garrigues and plains. A village full of charm ... breathing the good life!

As its history ... Is rich and turbulent past of the city Pignan ...

The Gallo Roman ruins Many (including burial) of the time. But it is also the period in which appear "Villae, these large rural areas, which then cover the flat portion that extends on both sides of the Domitian. Pignan is also probably the origin of its name to one of these great Roman Gallo owners.

Pignan the 11th and 12th Centuries: Towards the year 1000, Pignan comes in the form of a Castrum, ie a place with a castle and fortified walls. This is the current Fort Viel. In the late 14th century, the village, as the barony of Montpellier whole, came under the sovereignty of the king of France.

The transformations of the 14th century: After the plague, depopulation is the burning of its suburbs (ie outside the ramparts of Fort Viel) that the village knew. In 1386, an agreement is reached: the genesis of a new Pignan, protected by walls whose new Clock Tower is one of the main ruins.

Wars of Religion: The Reformation, with some success to Pignan. The village has its church reformed supported by the lords who have become Protestants. Religious wars are raging Pignan then. After the Edict of Nantes in 1598, Protestants gave their first temple. The revolt of 1621 - 1622 is a period of atrocities in the village. The church will again demolished the castle of St Martin burnt after looting. But the victory of the royal troops leads to many inconveniences for the Huguenots, and particularly the loss of the right of the consulate, the confiscation of their temple which will become, for nearly fifty years, parish church, before being Penitents chapel. The whole community suffers the punishment, since the walls of the village will be demolished on the orders of Louis XIII in 1625. It will take 27 years (1652) that the king allows the construction of walls simple. Pignan The church was built in 1670.

The Revolution and the Hundred Days: These are periods of violence where both parties succeed in hostile power at the mercy of events, oppressing one another. A political assassination in 1792 was followed by looting the castle by popular elements from Montpellier.

Geographical information

Latitude43.5819029 (N 43° 34’ 55”)
Longitude3.7617290 (E 3° 45’ 42”)
AltitudeFrom 29m to 218m
Surface area20.32 km²
Population6555 inhabitants
Density322 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMontpellier (12.2 km, 25 min)
Insee code34202
IntercommunalityCA de Montpellier

Nearest cities & towns

Saussan2.5 km (6 min)
Murviel-lès-Montpellier4.1 km (9 min)
Saint-Georges-d'Orques4.3 km (8 min)
Cournonterral4.9 km (10 min)
Lavérune5 km (7 min)
Fabrègues5.7 km (14 min)
Juvignac6.3 km (10 min)
Cournonsec7.4 km (9 min)
Saint-Jean-de-Védas9.3 km (13 min)
Montbazin10.4 km (13 min)
Saint-Paul-et-Valmalle11.1 km (15 min)
Montarnaud11.6 km (16 min)
Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone12.8 km (16 min)

Things to see and do

Do not miss:

Places of interest


Events and festivities


Château de Turenne
Château de Turenne
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City Pignan
City Pignan
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A new neighborhood is born Pignan
A new neighborhood is born Pignan
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View from the scrub
View from the scrub
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Sunday 29 march
Min. 9°C - Max. 20°C
Monday 30 march
Min. 16°C - Max. 23°C
Tuesday 31 march
Min. 14°C - Max. 22°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canoe-kayak at the Lavalette-Agropolis centre
Nature and the great outdoors8 € Montpellier (11.6 km)
Sea kayak, Stand Up Paddle, Pirogue
Sports sensations35 € Sète (19.9 km)
Discover the oyster beds
Culture and education10 € to 11 € Mèze (21 km)
Maxi-Catamaran ride in the Little Camargue
Entertainment14 € Le Grau-du-Roi (31 km)
4x4 safari in the Camargue marshes
Nature and the great outdoors18 € to 39 € Le Grau-du-Roi (31 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Le Clos d'Alice
Horse rideEasy1h00Le Pouget (19.3 km)
Sea of Rocks
HikeEasy1h00Sauve (43 km)
Walk to Navacelles
HikeEasy3h00Campestre-et-Luc (50 km)
Visit to a Knights Templar village
HikeEasy3h00Campestre-et-Luc (50 km)
Mountain bike outing in the Orb Mountains
Mountain bike itineraryAthletic3h30Camplong (53 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals