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Villeneuvette: Royal company town

Villeneu1.jpgEstablished as a royal factory for textiles in the 17th century, this tiny company town after the revolution acquired a school, health care, and other social improvements.

Today, it is an intriguing, charming relic. The factories are abandoned. But the housing is still there and occupied by about 75 inhabitants, some of them artisans. We bought some attractive enameled jewelry from a shop that was still open in late October.

There is an easy, 1-hour amble around the property.

Time to destination: 30 minutes or so This is hike #25, Villeneuvette, in the trail guide, L'Hérault...à pied. Du Haut Languedoc à la Méditerranée Directions: From Valros, take the N9 toward Pézenas. Get on the A75 toward Clermont-l’Hérault. Take exit 57 and follow the signs toward Bédarieux, on N908. As you leave Clermont-l’Hérault, the road will start a shallow ascent. Villeneuvette is on the right. Drive down the arcade of linden trees and park in the ample lot. The walk around Villeneuvette takes an hour and has just one short uphill section. Follow the yellow-painted blazes.

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