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In the heart of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France lies the picturesque little town of Pézenas. Located in the Hérault area, Pézenas is known for its rich artisanal and architectural heritage. Called the 'Ancient City of Fairs,' Pézene was once home to the French playwright Molière, a man whose influence is still felt in the town.

Pézenas is linked to both Montpellier and Beziers through a well-maintained motorway. Both Montpellier and Beziers have airports. To reach Pézene from Montpellier, you'll have to take the bus on line 604. It takes one hour to get Pézenas from Montpellier. To reach Pézenas from Beziers, you must ride either the line 603 or 656 bus. This bus line runs every half an hour. You can also rent a car or hire a taxi to reach Pézenas from either Montpellier or Beziers. The nearest bust station in Pezénas is just outside the town, at the Pézenas - Gare Routière. You can walk this distance easily; it's only 260 meters.

The cobblestone streets are lined with colorful houses dating back to the Middle Ages. The streets are full of arts & crafts vendors selling their wares. Local inhabitants make sculptures, decorations, jewelry, and more. Pézene is a cultural hotspot for artisanal handicrafts. The architecture of Pézene is another standout feature of the town. The chambre d’hôtes particuliers are architectural marvels from the past that are still preserved, a unique and famous thing in France. Pézene was once a capital under the control of the Estates General of Languedoc. In time, grand houses and majestic buildings started to dot the town. The wrought iron grilles that grace many older buildings are other architectural delights you must see. Molière lived in Pézene from 1674. His presence can still be felt in the town - memorials and historical tours are dedicated just to Moliére.

In Pézenas, you have to visit:

Pézene is known for its many artisanal events and celebrations. You can try to schedule your visit to this tourist destination in France to match the following circumstances:

The famous dishes to try in Pézenas include:

Stay

If you've wanted to rent a place in France, then Pézenas will delight you. Here, you can rent a traditional farmhouse and villas with luxurious pools. As far as apartments in France go, the ones available for rent in Pézenas are uniquely comfortable and often come with rooftop terraces.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Pézenas is during the summer months when the town is celebrating its history, as well as its impact on the cultural heritage of the region. Experience a celebration, and not just a vacation south of France.

Getting Around

Walking around the city is the best way to get to know Pézenas. Cycling is another popular way to travel, especially if you want to visit any of the rural hamlets that lie in the countryside nearby.