Discover Pic Saint-Loup and the region

If the name Saint-Jean-de-Cuculles makes you smile, the term "cuculles" dates back to the Middle Ages and evokes the "cape" or "hood" worn by travellers and religious at the time.

Picturesque with its alleys, church and viewpoint, our village is ideally situated in a natural environment close to the Cévennes and invites to very nice walks and excursions .

You will not fail to climb to the summit of the Pic Saint-Loup , a famous landmark of the Hérault landscape culminating at an altitude of 658 m , whose characteristic silhouette was used as a landmark by the ships housing the Mediterranean coast.

The Grand Pic Saint-Loup, labelled "Territory committed to Nature ", brings together 36 communes united by the desire to preserve an exceptional natural territory , a mosaic of landscapes dotted with high-quality vineyards , where hills, garrigues, valleys and gorges carved out by numerous rivers mingle.

Escape on the paths, enjoy at your own pace this renowned and preserved environment, classified Natura 2000 , suitable for hiking or cycling .

You will not fail to climb to the summit of the Pic Saint-Loup , a famous landmark of the Hérault landscape culminating at an altitude of 658 m , whose characteristic silhouette was used as a landmark by the ships housing the Mediterranean coast.

All over the Grand Pic Saint-Loup territory, many activities are available to you. Don't hesitate to ask us, we will be happy to give you the right plans and advice.

Saint-Jean-de-Cuculles village

The village of Saint-Jean-de-Cuculles

Life is good in Saint-Jean-de-Cuculles, a village of 500 inhabitants, where many events and festivals are organized throughout the year: the Flower Festival on May 1st, the Village Festival at the end of June, the Trial de la Calade in October, the Festival of Santons and Crèche Vivante in early December...
The Pic Saint-Loup, the Montferrand castle, the Hortus

The Pic Saint-Loup vineyard

La Cazarelle welcomes visitors who are often attracted by the fame of the Pic Saint-Loup vineyard . This terroir is remarkable for its geographical location and its exposure, which offers dry and cool winds and varied and draining soils . The red wine produced here is renowned for its blackcurrant and spice aromas , and for its complexity from the garrigue . The Pic Saint-Loup Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) is produced by 72 estates in 17 communes. There are many places to taste the wine (with moderation) and guides also organise wine tours .

Tea time in La Cazarelle garden

Our Favourite Restaurants

Many restaurants are waiting for you around La Cazarelle :

  • Restaurant Le Pic Saint Loup - Les Matelles - 04 67 84 35 18
  • Le Bistrot Vinaigrette - Prades-le-Lez - 04 67 59 61 71
  • Le Mélagais - Saint-Gély-du-Fesc - 06 70 14 43 33
  • Restaurant du Domaine - Saint-Clément-de-Rivière - 04 67 57 58 12
  • Le Cygory - Monferrier-sur-Lez - 04 67 59 94 15
  • L'Accent du Soleil - Saint-Martin-de-Londres - 04 67 55 23 10
  • Les Coulondrines - Saint-Gély-du-Fesc - 04 67 84 30 12

and many more...

Hiking at Pic Saint-Loup

Walks and Hikes

The Bois de Lèque walking circuit starts from La Cazarelle and links the centre of Saint-Jean-de-Cuculles to the medieval village of Les Matelles.

Climbing up to the ruins of the castle of Viviourès located on the ledge of the Hortus mountain at 300 meters altitude, will offer you a breathtaking view of the Pic Saint-Loup and the Castle of Montferrand.

The tour of the Pic Saint-Loup by bike is also a beautiful route starting from La Cazarelle. Many other cycling tours are amply detailed on several websites.

Les Matelles

Medieval villages

From La Cazarelle, discover the constellation of medieval villages in the surrounding area in the heart of the garrigues and the Pic Saint-Loup AOC vineyard.

With their ramparts, medieval churches and even prehistoric sites, many of the surrounding villages are worth a visit : Saint-Jean-de-Cuculles, Saint-Martin-de-Londres, Les Matelles, Valflaunès, Ferrières-les-Verreries, Viols-Le-Fort... The site of Saint-Jean-de-Buèges with its castle of Baulx at the foot of the Roc de Trascastel is even classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO .

The local markets will make you appreciate the culinary specialities of the region.

During the summer period, each village organises its own festivities.

The essentials

  • The Pic-Saint-Loup
  • Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
  • Cirque de Navacelles
  • The gorges of Hérault
  • The Grottes des Demoiselles and Clamouse
  • Mount Aigoual
  • The historic centre of Montpellier
  • The Buèges Valley

The GRP of the Grand Pic Saint-Loup

Elected as the French favorite GR in 2021, it is composed of 4 loops of 49 to 73 km , for a total of 245 km. Each loop, one of which passes through Saint-Jean-de-Cuculles, allows you to discover the territory from a different angle: villages of character, wine-growing landscapes, Buèges and the foothills of the Cévennes as far as Brissac, or Séranne and the Hérault Gorges, with a detour through Saint-Guilhem-de-Désert.

Tour des villages du Pic - 49 km - Start: Les Matelles
Tour des vignes au causse - 73 km - Start: Saint-Mathieu-de-Tréviers
Tour des Londres to the Buèges - 55 km - Start: Saint-Jean-de-Buèges
Tour de la Séranne aux gorges de l'Hérault - 68 km - Start : Saint-Martin-de-Londres
Tennis court


Guests at La Cazarelle have free access to a tennis court located nearby in the village.

Many other activities

Numerous hikes and bike tours, rock climbing of the Hortus, abseiling on Pic Saint-Loup, via ferrata in Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois, gliding from the Mas-de-Londres airfield, accrobranche in Saint-Jean-de-Cuculles, golf in Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, canoeing in the gorges de l'Hérault, sailing on the nautical base of the Salagou lake, and so many other activities...