Surrounded by deep gorges cut where the Brian and Cesse meet and situated at the very end of a limestone plateau, Minerve is a stony village in the heart of the Languedoc hinterland. It was an old Cathar bastion that was destroyed by Simon de Montfort in 1210 and the village has a column in memory of a stake at which 140 Cathars were burnt at that time. Minerve is also famous for its wine that has been produced here by local winegrowers for centuries

+ d'infos : www.minervois-tourisme.fr

Information : Tourist Office - Tel : +33 (0)4 68 91 81 43

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Must-sees and must-dos

  • The museum of archaeology and palaeontology
  • Musée Hurepel relating Cathar history
  • A guided tour of the village


  • Castles and ramparts : The remains of the fortress (Candéla : eight-sided tower), old rampart walk
  • Unusual sights : The underground passageway beneath a limestone vault leading to the postern, column in memory of a Cathar stake
  • Panoramas : View of the gorges from the rampart walk
  • Wine : AOC Minervois wines