Pezenas Market every Saturday - Languedoc France

Recent history of Pezenas starts with the Romans and Greeks over 2000 years ago. An important crossing of the River Herault, close the to main route from Italy to Spain, the Via Domitia, Pezenas blossomed into the main cultural centre of the South of France reaching a peak in the Renaissance when the courts of Paris chose to make Pezenas their official summer home and many palacesandbuildingswere created, most of which are still in the medieval heart of the town.

Pezenas Chateau gateway - the chateau was demolished in the wars of religion

Pezenas the ancient prison now the tourist center

As a center to explore the historic and beautiful region of Languedoc and to dicover the wine trails of the Sud de France, Pezenas cannot be bettered. Accommodation is mostly around the town, in the classic and friendly villages, unspoiled by commercial tourism and many with eco-friendly homes and Chambres d’Hotes (the best is Villa Roquette of course) to warmly welcome you.

Three modest hotels are near the center, the Moliere, Genies and St Germain, several good B&B in the town and others in country estates and classic French villages under ten minutes from the town.

Restaurants are good to excellent – all tastes are catered for.

Road connections are good, the A9 autoroute is 11 km to the south and the cost only 18 km at agde.

The nearest airport is Beziers, only 30 minutes and Montpellier, the largest town in the department of herault, is only 45 Minutes.

Pezenas is host to two of the largest antique fairs in France every year, in May and October – the streets are closed for the day and thousands of dealers have stalls offering a vast range of antiques – visitor and traders come from all over the world.

But the charm of Pezanas is the town itself – the maze of medieval streets are still used by artists and craftsmen in the same way they were when the Dukes and Princes lived there in the hot summers of the 15 and 16 centueis – the town has changed very little.