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The Pic Saint-Loup

Near Montpellier, in Languedoc, the Pic Saint Loup offers a natural panoramic viewpoint with breathtaking vistas over the Cévennes mountains and the Mediterranean sea.

658 m high, the Pic Saint Loup offers panoramic views over the Cévennes and
Canigou mountains, the Mediterranean sea, and Mont Ventoux.
It's a great place for a variety of leisure activities: walking, hiking, rock climbing, gliding and pot-holing.

Astonishing natural architecture

© Photothèque Hérault Tourisme - Gilles Delerue


Amidst a landscape of 'garrigues' (Mediterranean scrubland) between the Cévennes and Montpellier, Pic St-Loup stands like a steep-sided giant sculpture. The two sides of its shark's fin shaped form are quite different. The north face looks towards Hortus mountain, and is more
like a sheer cliff, from whence the name Pic,
while the other side has a gentler aspect
and looks towards the wine-growing plains
and the Mediterranean sea.

An amazing view

Randonnée - Pic Saint-Loup - Hérault, le Languedoc © JM. Lallemand

To the west, you'll have uninterrupted views of the village of Saint-Martin-de-Londres. To the east, in the far distance, you can make out the ruins of Montferrand castle. And if you're feeling energetic, you can walk along the ridge from one end to the other!

This spectacle of nature can be seen from a long way off - from the Promenade du Peyrou esplanade in Montpellier and even from the seafront. Jean Balladur, the architect who created La Grande Motte, modelled his Grande Pyramide buildings on it.

A great place for leisure activities

Randonnée sur le Pic Saint-Loup - Hérault, le Languedoc © JM. Lallemand

On the south face, a number of marked hiking trails take you to the summit in a couple of hours, sometimes through holm oak undergrowth and at other times in across smooth limestone and scree.

At the summit, amongst the greenery, you'll find Saint Joseph's chapel.