The bustling little village of Saint-Chinian in the Herault department of Languedoc, France, dates back from the 8th Century when a large monastery was founded in the idyllic location on which the village now stands. Saint-Chinian is a beautifully tranquil place to take a holiday, with tree lined streets hiding market stalls in the shade and many beautiful little villas and cottages to stay in.
Saint-Chinian is a wonderful holiday destination for anyone wanting to take a break from the fast pace of life at home. Saint Chinian is set in beautiful, rolling countryside which appeals to walkers, cyclists and those who are looking for a relaxing riding holiday. The endless route possibilities in the immediate surroundings mean that you can return to Saint-Chinian accommodation year after year and never walk the same route twice. Walking with a fishing rod in your bag is a magnificent way to spend a day, as you will sporadically stumble across idyllic trout filled rivers with easily fishable stretches.
The unspoilt countryside which surrounds Saint-Chinian has been the inspiration for artists for many years, and painting holidays to Saint-Chinian remain some of the most popular type of holiday you can take here. There is also a range of golf courses in the area that do not require membership to play a round.
During the long hot summers, there are plenty of options for refreshment. The cool Mediterranean Sea is just 20 minutes away by car, and the village has its own communal swimming pool for you to enjoy. There are also a few pools in the River Orb or the River Cesse, where the only interruption will be from the occasional passing canoe.
There are some magnificent rock faces in the region which have been challenging climbers who take Saint-Chinian accommodation for many years. Information on climbs are available from the tourist office.
Just to the south of a holiday rental in Saint-Chinian lies the town of Beziers, the wine making centre of Languedoc. Wine tasting holidays to Beziers thrive, and you can easily arrange a wine tasting course in Beziers from a villa or apartment in Saint-Chinian. The town also boasts a magnificent mix of French culture, history and architecture.
Temperatures in Saint-Chinian in summer are very hot, making its rivers, pools and proximity to the sea a real advantage, as temperatures reach up to 40°C on some days during July and August. In winter, temperatures are much colder, averaging around 12°C.
Montpellier (MPL) is the closest airport receiving direct flights from the UK. Ryanair and British Airways both provide cheap flights to Montpellier. Beziers Airport (BZR) is even closer to a holiday rental in Saint Chinian, but you would have to arrange a flight from Paris.