A hop and a skip away from Montpellier is St Guilhem, one of the most beautiful little villages in France. It’s popular so prepare to see a lot of tourists but it is gorgeous. You can quite comfortably just stroll around the village but for a little more adventure, pack your walking shoes (which I did not) and take a hike (which I did) up the big jutting hill to reach a monk’s chapel and take in the view of the village below. It’s also super handy to get to with a bus from Montpellier taking you right there.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is from October to April
How To Reach
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Nice is a little mix of sugar, spice and everything 'nice'. It is appropriate for everyone - right from those looking to spend a few days in the lap of luxury to shoestring backpackers looking to explore the south of France. The pebble beaches look almost heavenly, if not entirely comfortable and the nightlife is fantastic. Right from open-air markets and musical performances to a promenade right out of your dreams, Nice is the ultimate getaway.
155 Kms from Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
Marseille, the best of French coastal city surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean Sea. I had a great Sea food that included fried fish, Clams and French wine.
170 Kms from Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
We took a little weekend trip for our birthday in October, which was outside of tourist season and so a little cooler of course than it would have been, but Cassis stays top of the list as one our favourite parts of France. Exciting food, stunning walks and a lovely atmosphere make Cassis a highlight of our French year of adventure. In sunnier times I imagine it would be even better and we could have happily spent several more days here walking, eating and sunning ourselves in Cassis.
271 Kms from Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
Perhaps one of Grassee's main touristy attractions is the Parfumerie Fragonard. Grasse has been a perfume town ever since the 1600s, and today as the world's perfume capital its reputation speaks for itself. Its sister perfume factory is located in Eze. If perfume isn't your forte, then you can set off to explore and discover the rest of this historic town.
103 Kms from Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
We drove to Avignon to find our wedding caterer whose address was “towards Avignon, turn right at small town, after cemetery take third road on the left which a grey sign with no name on it…that’s where you’ll find me.” That’s how things roll around here. Near Avignon is where you’ll find those famous fields of lavender, they even do bus tours apparently, but the town itself is also an amazing maze of little roads, giant walls, bridges, ruins, churches, markets, restaurants and general amazing French-ness. Down the road is Orange, famous for having some of the most impressive Roman architecture still standing in Europe.
169 Kms from Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
How to reach: 1.5 hour train from Toulouse Matabiau station to Carcassonne. From Carcassonne rental cars are available to Montsegur.