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Olargues - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault

Labeled among the most beautiful villages of France, Olargues unfolds its charms to seduce you. And there is no shortage of assets. Almost entirely surrounded by the Jaur, the village curls up on a rocky plateau to better control the magnificent valley that stretches at its feet. The pigmented landscape of chestnut and cherry trees adjoining the vines blossoms under the sun. The medieval city has preserved all its cachet of yesteryear and invites you to catch your breath in a magnificent setting where nature and medieval architecture mingle wonderfully. It nestles in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Haut-Languedoc, at the foot of the massif of Espinouse. History tells us that the village was born in its fortified form in the twelfth century with the construction of the feudal castle. The surrounding walls were erected in the 13th century. The city, several times besieged, resisted as well as possible the assaults until the destruction of the citadel on the orders of Richelieu. Rural territory, the municipality has established itself in the economic fabric thanks to its well-known fairs.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude43.5567060 (N 43° 33’ 24”)
Longitude2.9137280 (E 2° 54’ 49”)
AltitudeFrom 148m to 760m
Surface area18.60 km²
Population618 inhabitants
Density33 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMontpellier (98 km, 1:39)
Insee code34187
IntercommunalityCC du Minervois au Caroux

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Julien2.6 km (4 min)
Saint-Vincent-d'Olargues5.5 km (11 min)
Mons5.7 km (9 min)
Saint-Étienne-d'Albagnan7 km (7 min)
Saint-Martin-de-l'Arçon7.4 km (10 min)
Prémian10.4 km (11 min)
Colombières-sur-Orb10.5 km (13 min)
Vieussan10.8 km (15 min)
Le Poujol-sur-Orb14.3 km (17 min)
Riols14.6 km (14 min)
Fraisse-sur-Agout17.4 km (28 min)
Cambon-et-Salvergues17.4 km (29 min)
Lamalou-les-Bains17.7 km (20 min)
Les Aires18.7 km (21 min)
Saint-Pons-de-Thomières19 km (20 min)

Things to see and do

It is a pretty stroll loaded with history that awaits you at Olargues. From its castle overlooking the valley, it remains today, a bell tower. She will visit you and will let you discover a splendid panorama on the massif of Caroux. Fortifications remain a gateway to the twelfth century. Going up the cobbled streets of the village, you can admire many half-timbered houses dating from the 13th, 15th and 16th centuries. You will then pass by the staircase of the Commanderie. This picturesque staircase is under gallery and leads to the Museum of Art and Popular Tradition. There, a beautiful collection telling the history of the village awaits you. Later, the walk continues with a visit to the chapel of Saint-Etienne. Two other religious buildings are also to be seen on the town: the Saint-Martin-des-Œufs rural chapel and the Saint-Laurent church dating from 1688. You can also admire the old seigneurial mill and pass by the famous Diable bridge Dating from the 12th century. Olargues can be visited solo with an interactive map or guided tours in July and August. Guided tours are available throughout the year on request.

The surrounding nature invites to sport nature. Hiking is on the program of your stay. Several routes are proposed and one of them will lead you to the Peiro Escrito, a cave painting dating from the Bronze Age. Mountain biking is also on the agenda with numerous marked trails allowing beginners and experienced mountain bikers to practice their favorite sport. Discover the basement of the region in Cebenna center during 3D projection as if you had really gone to caving.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

In April, athletes are expected to Olargues for the Radon Bikes Epic Enduro. The mountain bikers will therefore compete on different courses day and night to the delight of fans of the genre. Do not miss this exceptional event that brings together nearly 550 participants each year.

In the month of April, the Caroux Outdoor always puts nature sports in the spotlight. Numerous workshops for young and old await you in order to make you discover the different nature sports that you can practice in the region.

In May, it is the Mai festival that Mai invades the streets of Olargues. It is therefore a torchlight hike that awaits you, during which tales and music will ensure the atmosphere. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the wheelbarrow party and the gardener.

During the summer, Moments d'Orgues invites music lovers to attend exceptional concerts. In August, Olargues hosts Festibaloche, a festival of traditional music.

On August 15, you can go shopping at the organic market that settles for a day on the town.

Stage de Peinture- Paysage - els Knockaert
Soiree Nature : Brame du Cerf
Vivez le Pays -le Jour de la Nuit-Vignes et Vins.

Rendez-vous devant la Mairie

Cueillette Sauvage !
Balade Cueillette : Cueillette Sauvage !
Fête du Marron et du vin Nouveau


View of the village and the Devil's Bridge
View of the village and the Devil's Bridge
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Its old houses
Its old houses
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Another view of the Devil's Bridge
Another view of the Devil's Bridge
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Old typical house
Old typical house
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Its streets
Its streets
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Swimming and relaxing
Swimming and relaxing
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Monday 25 september
Min. 10°C - Max. 24°C
Tuesday 26 september
Min. 12°C - Max. 24°C
Wednesday 27 september
Min. 13°C - Max. 26°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Ride on a restored Peugeot 103 moped
Entertainment38 € Faugères (21 km)
Quad bike trek on the outskirts of Béziers
Sports sensations60 € to 290 € Thézan-lès-Béziers (27 km)
Private cruise with caterer on the Canal du Midi
Nature and the great outdoors165 € to 195 € Capestang (27 km)
Licence-free boat hire on the Canal du Midi
Entertainment55 € to 145 € Colombiers (33 km)
Bike ride along the Canal du Midi
Sports sensations95 € Béziers (34 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The sanctuary of Notre-Dame-de-Capimont
HikeEasy3:00Lamalou-les-Bains (14.3 km)
From lacanal to rouvieres short version
HikeIntermediate1:20Nages (15 km)
From lacanal to rouvieres long version
HikeIntermediate2:20Nages (15 km)
Les Tourelles
HikeIntermediate4:00Murat-sur-Vèbre (15.1 km)
Mountain bike outing in the Orb Mountains
Mountain bike itineraryAthletic3:30Camplong (21 km)


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