In the heart of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park, at the foot of the Espinouse Massif, but built on a rocky hillock, at an altitude of 183m, Olargues has been classified as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France" since 1992.
This ancient fortified town seduces the visitor with its numerous curiosities, its pebble-paved streets, its covered passages and the magnificent surrounding countryside.
To see during the visit
Among the many curiosities of the city, it is necessary to visit in particular :
- the former keep of the medieval castle, which has become a bell tower, revealing a superb landscape with the famous Caroux massif as a backdrop.
- the Devil's Bridge, a listed historical monument, below, built in the 12th century.
- the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions located in the centre of the village, in the famous Commanderie staircase, above the Saint-Etienne chapel.
- the 17th century Saint-Laurent church; inaugurated in 1688 and its Clergeau Organ, classified as a historical monument and installed in the church in 1900.
- the rural chapel Saint-Martin-des-œufs located on a Roman road
- the rock engravings known as "la Peyro Escrito" (Written Stone, prehistoric engravings), a listed historical monument, to be discovered by walking along the paths and trails of the PR de Malviès hiking trail, marked out from the village.
- the old seigniorial mill.
- the resurgence of the source of the Fréjo.
The architecture of the site and its typically medieval aspect are worth Olargues being listed among the classified sites and included in the National Inventory of Sites.
Every year, among its festive events, the town organises the Wheelbarrow Festival on the first Sunday after 11 May, the Chestnut and New Wine Festival on the first weekend after All Saints' Day and a Medieval Festival during the Heritage Days in September.
Olargues Town Hall
Place Alexandre Laissac
Tel: 04 67 97 70 79
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