HOLIDAY HOMES TO RENT IN SAINT-CHINIAN, LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON.
Welcome to our selection of holiday homes to rent in Saint-Chinian, France.
Situated inland from the Mediterranean, a short drive from the Cathar town of Beziers, Saint-Chinian is a charming small town, which has become very popular with tourists as a day trip destination, either from the coast or from the nearby city of Carcassonne. Not only is it home to some interesting historical buildings, but its location in the foothills of the Massif Central mean the surrounding area is full of beautiful natural scenery. The area around Saint-Chinian is also well-known for its vineyards, and visitors should make sure they sample the local wine – either with lunch in the town or on a trip to one of the local caves.
The town itself is quite small, and easy to explore on foot. The 8th century abbey is undoubtedly the highlight, and has recently been restored while the town's 400-year-old church is fairly plain, but throughout the summer it is used for classical concerts which really bring the building to life. In front of the town hall is a large public garden, where most of the locals can be found taking a walk before dinner along the promenade. Here you might also be lucky enough to catch a game of boules or enjoy an impromptu concert by some local musicians. The promenade is also the setting for the local market, held twice a week, selling local produce as well as souvenirs.
Walk just a few minutes outside of Saint-Chinian and you find yourself in the heart of the countryside, surrounded by vineyards. Keep your eyes peeled for capitelles, the round stone shelters built by vineyard workers in the late 19th century, as many of them are still standing today. The local cave which produces the Saint-Chinian wine is open to visitors seven days a week, offering tours and the chance to sample their produce.
If you want to explore further afield, cycling on the quiet country roads is a popular way to do it, and there is even a bike hire shop in Saint-Chinian if you haven't brought your own wheels. Roquebrun, around 10 kilometres away, is another pretty village, but the main attraction is that it is home to a canoeing centre, offering visitors the chance to shoot the rapids through gorges and valleys. Head further into the mountains to the hilltop village of St Pons to enjoy a great view over the region. The village is also home to a number of caves, open to visitors all year round. If you want somewhere to relax, then cycle to the larger town of Bize. On the banks of the Casse, the river forms a series of natural rock pools just outside the town which are ideal for swimming.
Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in Saint-Chinian? Then below is a selection of gites in Saint-Chinian and villas in Saint-Chinian that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.