Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a stopping place on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela ; its church is a gem of Romanesque art of the Languedoc. The village is situated in a wild spot at the entrance to the Gorges du Verdus and the cirque de l’Infernet. The narrow streets spread out from Place de la Liberté square and its imposing 150-year-old plane tree and as visitors stroll around they can still admire Renaissance mullioned windows, twin-arched openings and gothic lintels.

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Must-sees and must-dos

  • Gellone Abbey
  • The abbey’s Musée Lapidaire (Stone Museum)
  • Musée d’Antan (discovering crafts of bygone days)
  • A guided tour of the village


  • Abbeys and churches : Gellone Abbey (11C church)
  • By the waterside : The Gorges du Verdus