Olargues is a commune located in the west of the Hérault department in the Occitania region (France, foothills of the Massif Central).

It is located in the Haut-Languedoc regional natural park.

The village is a member of the “Most beautiful villages of France” association.

The city stands on the Camino de Arlés of the Camino de Santiago route to Santiago de Compostela.

Exposed to a Mediterranean climate, it is drained by the Jaur, the Mauroul stream, and the Rautely stream.

Included in the Haut-Languedoc regional natural park, the town has a remarkable natural heritage made up of three natural areas of ecological, fauna and flora interest.

Olargues was the capital of a canton (the canton of Olargues) and the seat of the community of communes Orb and Jaur.

Olargues is a rural commune which has 550 inhabitants in 2021. It is the center town of the urban unit of Olargues.

Its inhabitants are called the Olarguais or Olarguaises.

Main attractions

  • The rock engravings called Peiro escrito. All of the rock engravings have been classified as historical monuments since October 11, 1965;
  • The 15th century bell tower, a development of the old castle keep, the only vestige of the Saint-Laurent church in Olargues. The bell tower has been classified as a historic monument since December 8, 1928;

  • The 12th century bridge (known as the “Devil’s Bridge”). The bridge has been classified as a historic monument since August 23, 1916;
  • The whole of the old village made up of cobbled streets and alleys and caladas (sloping streets paved with Jaur pebbles);

  • Saint-Laurent church in Olargues, built in the 17th century and equipped with a listed organ. The old bell tower was registered as a historic monument in 1928;
  • Saint-Laurent decanal church in Olargues;

  • The Saint-Roch chapel in Olargues;
  • The Saint-Étienne d’Olargues chapel;

  • The Notre-Dame-de-Montligeon chapel in Rieumègé;
  • The Saint-Martin-des-oeufs chapel in Olargues.

How to get to?

From Paris: 7 hr 50 min (755 km) via A71 and A75

From Toulouse: 2 hr 23 min (143 km) via D612

From Andorra: 4 hr 15 min (273 km) via N20

From Monaco: 4 hr 59 min (463 km) via A8

From Madrid: 9 hr 43 min (943 km) via A-2

From Moscow: 37 hr (3,389 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 18 hr 24 min (1,767 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 29 hr (2,716 km) via E70

From Bern: 7 hr 14 min (721 km) via A1

Main information

Area: 18,6 km2

Population: 550

Coordinates: 43°33′26″N 2°54′55″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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