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Pézenas

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Pézenas - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault
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At the heart of Hérault, the small city of Pézenas has great visitor appeal with its magnificent old architecture and exceptional crafts. Sculptors, potters, cabinetmakers, glassblowers and so many others contribute to Pézenas' rich heritage.

This treasure is a legacy of the city's glorious past. As the capital of the Estates General of Languedoc in the 16th century, the city enjoyed a golden age: many private mansions were built alongside other sumptuous buildings. Today, you can visit some of them, such as the Lacoste mansion, which houses a very fine rib vaulted vestibule, as well as a magnificent square spiral staircase. The Malibran mansion, meanwhile, is remarkable for its façade decorated with mascarons of smiling female faces. Admire the wrought iron balconies, a reminder of the opulence of the period.

As Languedoc's answer to Versailles, Pézenas welcomed some illustrious personalities, the most famous of whom was Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière. As he was not welcome in the French capital, he moved to Pézenas in 1647. In a small square on Place du 14 Juillet, a monument is dedicated to him, created in 1897 by Jean-Antonin Injalbert.

Continue your visit to Pézenas by strolling through the cobbled streets where the old houses - some of which date back to the Middle Ages - are decorated with colourful shutters echoing the bright hues of the art and craft shops. At the House of Crafts (Maison des Métiers d'Art), based in the 17th-century former consular house, you can discover work by creative craftspeople, such as sculptures, jewellery, fashion items, tableware and decorative objects. You can't leave Pézenas without a handmade souvenir! To add a gastronomic touch to your visit, indulge in the succulent petits pâtés de Pézenas (pies with a sweet and savoury mutton filling) from Maison Alary.

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Pézenas

Pézenas is a small town of about 9000 inhabitants, located between Béziers and Montpellier, 20 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea. The pedestrian historic center, well saved, and its picturesque streets make it a must visit in Herault. You will find in the year of artisans, antique shops, festivals and animations.

The discovery of the historic heart of this ancient city of fairs, Molière of living place and his illustrious theater is a delight, a return in history. In the picturesque setting of its architectural heritage and its craft shops, it still cultivates passion for theater and the performing arts.

Stroll through the picturesque downtown of this city of art and history, admire the sumptuous mansions, and detours charming cobbled streets, come and discover the many stalls run by local craftsmen.

Near the vineyard, it is also a starting point to discover the wines of Languedoc terroir Pézenas, Picpoul de Pinet, Faugères and Wine country.

Specialties: berlingots Pézenas, artisanal patties Pézenas. Many restaurants, snack bars, ice cream parlors, bakeries, pastry shops in the city center.

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Events and festivities

Focus Designer: Marie-Pierre Bonniol
12th Molière Festival - Theater In all his Shards
In Vino - Pezenas
In Vino and Music Festival - Concerts
Sant Joan fa la Noca
Saint John / Temporadas
Music Festival
21st Corrida Walking the Mirondela Dels Arts
51 th National Petanque 2020

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Facade of the Hotel de Peyrat (© Gil Lefauconnier)
Facade of the Hotel de Peyrat (© Gil Lefauconnier)
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Pézenas
Pézenas
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas
Pézenas
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Cours Jean Jaurès - Old Entrance Pézenas
Cours Jean Jaurès - Old Entrance Pézenas
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Market Pézenas (© Ariel Gamzon)
Market Pézenas (© Ariel Gamzon)
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Fountain
Fountain
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Toy Museum
Toy Museum
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Typical street in Pézenas, Raspail street from the sixteenth to the nineteenth
Typical street in Pézenas, Raspail street from the sixteenth to the nineteenth
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Republic Square and crustaceans kiosks
Republic Square and crustaceans kiosks
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Place Gambetta
Place Gambetta
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Street Fair
Street Fair
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watchtowers
watchtowers
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door Blaise
door Blaise
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Foal
Foal
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diamond gate
diamond gate
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rue Raspail
rue Raspail
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Republic Square
Republic Square
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Cours Jean Jaurès restored late 2012
Cours Jean Jaurès restored late 2012
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Pézenas (© Frantz)
Pézenas (© Frantz)
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Town hall
Town hall
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The city
The city
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Alley
Alley
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Alley
Alley
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Alley
Alley
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Alley
Alley
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Church of St. John the Baptist
Church of St. John the Baptist
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Market Pézenas
Market Pézenas
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