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A Visit to the Medieval Village of Saint Gilhem Le Désert

St Gilhem le Desert

On Sunday afternoon after our visit to the little market in Salasc, Fred and I drove to our first “Big Destination”, a medieval village that was an important stop for pilgrims along the historic Camino de Santiago. “It’s going to be crowded,” warned Fred. “But it’s worth it.” After all of our swimming and sunbathing, I was ready for a bit of Culture. Onward!

Saint Gilhem Le Désert

I’d heard of the historic French villages Cahors and Rocamadour, but Saint Gilhem Le Désert was new to me. Fred said he remembered seeing it as a young kid passing through with his family on vacation. Located roughly between Montpellier and Millau (where we’re staying for the next two nights), you need to get off the A75 highway and drive up into the hillside for about 30 minutes to reach the foot of the village where Le Verdus meets the Hérault River.

Parking Recommendations

Before we get to all the pretty pictures, I think we need to discuss the parking issue. While in the car I downloaded the free village map so we could be prepared without needi…

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