We do not know the exact origin of the name; some say he means “Mount of Olives” but it can also refer to the potters who once worked in the village. Between scrubland, olive trees and vineyards, Montouliers is a pleasant village between 2 large Languedoc AOCs: Minervois and Saint-Chinian, clinging around an old castle which belonged to the archbishops of Narbonne.
Built on the hillside, you can stroll through typical cobbled streets called “Calades”. This Mediterranean village emanates a certain picturesque character and a lot of charm. An essential stopover for lovers of old stone and authenticity.
Surrounded by vineyards and scrubland, this hill dotted with olive trees is a true concentration of Mediterranean essences (thyme, rosemary, broom, etc.) which is even more revealed in spring with its superb colors.
What are cadales?
The calades are sloping streets made of pebbles, a perfect type of what the road surface used to be in villages, especially in the south of France.
Peasants cleared the fields of stones to acquire arable land. The recovered stones were then used as building materials.
In the heart of the village, you will discover a particularly unusual place to visit: the wooden lace cathedral. This old wine cellar, rehabilitated by a Montoulié artist into a workshop and living space, gives the illusion of a cathedral as the height and finesse of the architecture are remarkable (construction made up of a multitude of pieces of wood).
While strolling around the hill of Montouliers, you also discover the roman fountain leaving the village. This fountain would have been dug by a legion of Julius Caesar. A source of water and freshness throughout the year, it is a true haven of peace where you come to recharge your batteries.