On a plateau less than 20km from Saint-Chinian, the banks of the Orb and the Canal du Midi, succumb to the charms of the village of a thousand and one stone. Welcome to Villespassans, a typical wine-growing village in Languedoc.
If its landscapes of vineyards and scrubland are of striking beauty, Villespassans is home to geological and paleontological remains attested by the discovery of caves and dolmens. The richness of the heritage is multiple, a guarantee of its beauty and a history that you will enjoy discovering while strolling its streets and shaded squares. At the bend of the streets, we discover the remains of a castle and the city ramparts, as well as an old oven. Discover the Notre Dame de l'Assomption church, which nestles in the hollow of the houses with its beautiful facades and its restored bell tower.
Around the village, low walls (pronounce the “t” to speak like a native!) and capitelles (dry stone huts) bear witness to the agricultural and pastoral activity of the village, giving it a “Mediterranean bocage” appearance. Since the XNUMXth century, vines have supplanted different crops (wheat, rye, oats, etc.). As you stroll and imagine along the path of a thousand and one stones, the lives of the shepherds and peasants who shaped this country are revealed. With its explanatory panels, the walking route tells the story of agricultural and pastoral life in the Villespassans region.
To discover these landscapes, the more sporty can venture on a 34km mountain bike circuit starting from the House of Wines de Saint-Chinian before joining Assignan (n ° 10 “Saint Chinian - Villespassans - Assignan, 780D +).
The village is crossed by a GRP (long-distance hiking circuit) of 48km “Around Saint Chinian”.