Town of Cathars

On the border between the Aube and the Herault, in the middle of the Minervois vineyard, this medieval village is perched on a rocky outcrop that overlooks the Cesse and the Brian rivers. Its elevated location made it, during the Cathar wars, a refuge for heretics after the sack of Beziers in the beginning of the 13th century. The town has preserved its old stone buildings from that time. The quickest way to get to this Cathar village is the D15 highway. You will not be disappointed, as Minerve has a lot to offer. In fact, it is listed as one of the “most beautiful villages in France”.

Park your car outside the village, and take a tour on foot to see these wonders up close. Right away, you will see the remains of a medieval castle from the 13th century. Not far from these remnants, at the top of the village, you will see the church of Saint-Etienne that dates from the 11th century. This religious building in the Roman style houses an altar that was likely built in the year 456.

Finally, admire the natural bridges dug out by the canyons of the Cesse and the Brain, or the old ramparts that have been completely restored.