Traces of the existence of Hérépian can be found in the journals of R. Gourdiole, dating from the Gallo-Roman time, in the first century AD.
Situated close to Lamalou-les-Bains, Hérépian owes its charm to the old stone that adorns the façades of its houses and church.
On the crossroads between the Mare and the Orb valleys, the village follows the rhythm of the seasons and the wine-growing culture that has sculpted its landscape for over 2000 years. Local craftsmanship, in particular the foundry of bells, is witness to historic, ancestral traditions.
A little bit of history…Untameable Hérépian
During the Roman period, the village built its reputation on its commercial activity, and in particular, its vast warehouses of “dolia”, huge amphoras used to conserve wine. The village then experienced a development boom towards the 11th century while the Viscounts of Narbonne and Béziers fought over the rich resources of the Orb and Mare Valleys.
A significant trading post, Hérépian profited from its strategic location on the road which, at the time, connected the cities of Montpellier, Béziers and Narbonne. From 1 000 AD onwards, numerous abbeys were built: Sorèze, Burlats and Villemagne l’Argentière.
Pilgrims en route to the Way of St James journeyed along the Chemin d’Arles (via Arelatensis), which passes through Hérépian and crosses the Salvetat plateau, to reach Toulouse. Highly travelled in the Middle Ages, the Way of St James today gives hikers access to the Park over the Salvetat plateau, letting them draw on a tradition of hospitality that is still strongly present throughout the region.
“Hérépian is ideally situated, close to Olargues, Pézenas and Béziers, less than 1 hour from the first beaches in Cap d’Agde.”