Homps

Located in the heart of the Midi: Homps

Located in the heart of the Midi: Homps

Port community on the Canal du Midi

In the heart of the Midi and not far from the Lac de Jouarres lies the commune of Homps. It originated as a Roman settlement on the route between Corbières and the Minervois. With the completion of the Canal du Midi in the late 17th century, Homps achieved economic prosperity. The port was of great importance for the shipment of wines from the region.



Attractions Homps

Minerve

Wine-growig village with heretical past

At the confluence of the Cesse and Briant rivers, on a rocky promontory, lies the ancient wine-growing village and center of the Minervois wine region. When the crusade against the Albigensians was proclaimed, the village became a refuge for the heretics. In 1210 Minerve was besieged. But even under fire and tormented by thirst, the “Perfects,” as the Catherars called themselves, refused to renounce their faith. They were sentenced to death at the stake, which is still commemorated by a stele in the village square. If you want to take a tour of the steep and narrow streets, it is best to leave your car in the parking lot by the stone bridge. In the Romanesque church of Saint-Etienne stands one of the oldest marble altars in Europe, dating from 456.

Montagne de la Clape

Short hike from the seafarers' cemetery

Between Narbonne and St-Pierre-sur-Mer, a ten-kilometer-long mountain range stretches like a larger cairn. Clape is an Occitan word for scree. A short tour leads to the most beautiful parts of the hill: it starts at the much-visited seafarers' cemetery with the Notre-Dame-des-Auzils chapel and goes through pine forests and a gorge.
(1:30 hrs, 3.4 km, elevation change: 80 m)

Pic de Nore

Panoramic view to the highest Pyrenean peaks

With an altitude of 1211 meters, the mountain with an antenna mast visible from afar is the highest peak in the Montagne Noire mountain group. It belongs to the southern foothills of the Massif Central and is thus part of the European watershed between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. From the top you have a great view over the panorama of Languedoc-Rousillon, which reaches up to the highest peaks of the Pyrenees.
(5:15 hrs, 16.7 km, elevation change: 640 m)

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