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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Pignan
Insee code34202
AltitudeFrom 29 to 218 meters
Surface20.32 km²
Population6555 inhabitants
Density322 inhabitants/km²


Chief townMontpellier (at 12.2 km, 25 min)Saussan at 2.5 km (6 min)
DepartmentHéraultMurviel-lès-Montpellier at 4.1 km (9 min)
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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.


Do not miss:

  • The castle of Turenne and cellars: created from 1673. Besides the beautiful staircase, visitors will be struck by the basement that allegedly was in general medieval times. In fact for the most part, they date from the 17th and 18th century. Only a massive wall in a regular camera, is a vestige of walls built in 1386 that found outside the castle.
  • The square tower (also called Tower Fort Viel).
  • The chapel of the Penitents, whose cornerstone dated 1672.
  • The clock tower, the door is a fortified walls still new in 1386 ...
  • Burton Homes and Jourdan.
  • The Abbey Vignogoul. Female monastery in texts dating from 1150 but certainly before the deadline. In the mid 12th century, their lords are revealed as the protectors and benefactors of the sisters. The primitive community depends on the bishop. It reached its apogee in the 13th century, both the number of nuns - limited to 40 by the Papacy - that the extent of their field scattered in many municipalities of the current Hérault. The wars of religion (in particular) are severe blows to the abbey. The sisters eventually moved to Montpellier. She no longer than a few when the inventory of 1789, the abbey was sold as national property.
Detailed information
MonumentsAbbey of Vignogoul


  • April: Grand parade (every year many tanks and penas).
  • At Spring Festival Arts and Stones concerts and exhibitions in the most beautiful sites of the city, combines culture, heritage and fun!
  • Local Day August 15: Fun Fair, dances, bullfights ...
  • December: Traditional market with local entertainment, demonstrations ...


  • Two walks to a dozen miles each.
Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Canoe-kayak at the Lavalette-Agropolis centreNature and the outdoors8 €Montpellier (11.6 km)
Sea kayak, Stand Up Paddle, PirogueSports sensations35 €Sète (19.9 km)
Discover the oyster bedsCulture and educationFrom 10 € to 11 €Mèze (21 km)
Canoe-kayak in the Hérault gorgesSports sensationsFrom 28 € to 40 €Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert (23 km)

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Château de TurenneChâteau de Turenne
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Tuesday 27 January
Min. 3°C - Max. 6°C
Wednesday 28 January
Min. 1°C - Max. 7°C
Thursday 29 January
Min. 4°C - Max. 10°C


French cuisine restaurantAu Comptoir de Fontcaude, Bistrot by J&L Pourcel   NEW
Une cuisine inventive et équilibrée, basée sur l'utilisation de produits frais. Une ambiance décontractée et un service de qualité.
Located 6 km from Pignan51 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Club House   NEW
AFTER THE EFFORT... - In the Gulf of Fontcaude Le Club House the restaurant is the perfect stop for a gourmet break after an active day. In a room with huge windows, it takes comfort...
Located 6.1 km from Pignan26 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantCampanile Montpellier Saint Jean de Vedas  
100% GOURMET - Need a lunch break on the beach road? Stop by the restaurant Campanile Montpellier Ouest in Saint-Jean-de-Vedas! Stylish and contemporary furniture, interior bright and...
Located 6.3 km from Pignan19 € per person 

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Villa with 3 bedroomsFigues et palmiers    
In villa near the sea and the beautiful city of Montpellier. We offer 3 air-conditioned rooms with double bed. Private pool heated in season visit Montpellier, the vineyards of Languedoc...
Located 11.7 km from PignanFrom 85 € to 115 € the double room 
Manor house with 5 bedroomsCastle-cottage    
Just in a 3000 square meters park, room in a guest house to rent. Big Swimming pool. Very closed Montpellier (2 miles) - and a flat of 40 m² rent to the week (580-700-880 €)
Located 12.7 km from PignanFrom 92 € to 868 € the double room 
Villa with 4 bedroomsOclairSoleil    
In a 3 600 m² quiet property, 3 double bedrooms and a charming independent studio have all a direct sight on the swimming pool. Rooms are endowed with a queensize bed, with additional...
Located 13.2 km from PignanFrom 89 € to 99 € the double room 

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Apartment for 4 personsLe Bellevue Côté Mer  
Located between vineyards and sea, close to Montpellier, in the village of Pignan, we welcome you with good humor du Midi.
Located in Pignan600 € per week 
Mas for 4 personsPetit mas, cour privée, parking  
Small farmhouse tastefully furnished and comfortable air-conditioned, quiet. Bathroom and separate toilet, small garden and small private car park. Located just outside Montpellier,...
Located 4.6 km from PignanFrom 310 € to 460 € per week 
Apartment for 4 personsApartment for 4 persons  
In a lovely quiet village of 2800 inhabitants 15 minutes to the beach - the ground-garden in the owner's house (and garden independent access)
Located 8.9 km from PignanFrom 350 € to 400 € per week 

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116 places over 2,5 haAltea    
Camping ***, situated between Sete and Montpellier to 4 km Palavas The Waves of the Sea. Family atmosphere, Mobil Homes New fully equipped with covered terrace spacious and shaded,...
Located 9.3 km from PignanFrom 16 € to 28 € per day 
100 places over 1,6 haLe parc    
Family campsite halfway between the Mediterranean beaches and the city of Montpellier. Mobile home rentals and shady pitches for tents and caravans. Heated pool, wireless internet,...
Located 13.3 km from PignanFrom 16.50 € to 28 € per day 
75 places over 1,6 haCamping Les Clairettes    
The Camping Les Clairettes is located in Fontès in Languedoc, close to Pézenas, not far from the Mediterranean beaches of Marseillan, Agde or Vias.
Located 28 km from PignanFrom 15 € to 22 € per day 

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Le Relais de Fabrègues - Hotel in PignanLe Relais de Fabrègues     
Located in the Languedoc-Rousillon region, this hotel is 10 km from the Mediterranean Sea. It offers en suite accommodation, free Wi-Fi access in the entire property and a terrace....
Located 4 km from PignanRoom from 60 €
Résidence*** Le Domaine du Golf - Hotel in PignanRésidence*** Le Domaine du Golf     
Résidence Le Domaine du Golf is an elegant holiday complex set in the picturesque Languedoc-Roussillon region, 16km from Montpellier and 13 km from the beaches of Frontignan. It offers...
Located 4.8 km from PignanRoom from 44 €
ibis Montpellier Fabrègues - Hotel in Pignanibis Montpellier Fabrègues     
The ibis Montpellier Fabrègues is set in a pine forest in Fabrègues, just 12 km from the centre of Montpellier and a 15-minute drive from the beach. It offers free Wi-Fi, a snack bar...
Located 4.9 km from PignanRoom from 78 €

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Hôtel Royal
Hotel Royal is located in the centre of Montpellier a 5-minute walk from the train station and Place de la Comedie. It offers air-conditioned accommodation...
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