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Cébazan

Eglise fleurie - Cébazan

© Office de tourisme du canal du Midi au Saint-Chinian

Upon entering the village from Béziers, the wine cooperative and a fresco set the tone and welcome you into this wine-growing village. Nestled between Saint Chinian (5 km) and Puisserguier (6 km), Cébazan stretches along each side of the road. Discover the unexpected wealth that this charming village has to offer in its historical centre or pine forests.

Take a leisurely stroll around the picturesque narrow alleyways on the left side of the village. One of these will take you to an arched opening topped by a machicolation, the remains of a fortified structure. Bordering the tennis court is an impressive Mediterranean-style home with its own plot of vines.

The right side of the village will take you to the magnificent church of Saint Martin at the heart of the wine district. There is a stunning row of farm buildings made from red stone with wide porches. You will notice that some them have preserved their original arches.

There are a host of relaxing places to stay, regardless of whether you are just passing through or staying for a little longer. Nearby there are also shops and leisure activities to cater to all tastes.

Take the chance to explore some spectacular nature sites with our footpaths and mountain biking trails.

From the wine cooperative, take the 7.8 km signposted footpath (no.33 “Saint Bauléry”) to reach the castle of Saint Bauléry, which has stood in ruins since being abandoned by the last families of shepherds and tenant farmers in the 19th century. Another 7.7 km walk (no.32 “Le Dolmen”) from the road leading out of the hamlet of Fraisse takes you on a journey through ruins and remains from the past. Let yourself be transported back in time by the Montmajou dolmens, the lime kiln and the ruins of Camp Redon.

Love fine wines? Don’t miss the chance to discover Saint-Chinian appellation wines at a tasting session at the wine cooperative or directly on the wine producers’ estates.

Heading out of the village towards Saint Chinian takes you across the Fontjun pass. At an altitude of 260 metres, it offers an eye-opening view of the immense scale of the traditional mineral vineyards of the Saint-Chinian appellation, while in the background the scalloped rocks of Mont Caroux mark out the form of a reclining woman, providing a spectacular panoramic view.

Its history:

Its heritage attests to a rich history – the origins of its first settlers date back to Neolithic times (as confirmed by numerous remains such as dolmens and megalithic structures). Cébazan was first founded by Benedictine monks around the year 859. It resulted from the grouping of three hamlets – Gaches, Fraisse and Sipière – which were named after the main dignitaries who settled there. The village was colonised by the Romans (as evidenced by numerous villas and tombs). Its name is thought to originate from a Roman general called Cepasius or Sebasius. Recent developments have unified the village.

Don’t miss:

  •  The porches and machicolations
  •  The 12th century church of Saint Martin
  •  The panoramic views offered at Fontjun
  •  The ruins of Camp Redon and Saint Bauléry
  •  The Montmajou dolmen
  •  A walk through the no.33 “Saint Bauléry” (7.8 km) or no.32 “Le Dolmen” (7.7 km) signposted footpaths

          

           

          

 

 

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