Lodève, a stage on the road to Compostela.
Lodève is indeed on the via Tolosane, otherwise known as the Chemin d’Arles which leads from Arles to Santiago, for any brave pilgrim not put off by the 1,588 km which need to be travelled in around 62 days.
The pilgrim should visit St Fulcran’s Cathedral and discover the former episcopal palace, which now serves as the Town Hall. If you have some time to spare, you can also visit the Manufacture de la Savonnerie, where 400-year-old techniques are used to manufacture the tapestries which adorn official buildings of the French Republic. The Musée Fleury holds archaeological and fine art collections and, above all, is the backdrop for internationally famous temporary exhibitions. A little further on is the XIIth century Prieuré de Grandmont and its megaliths, the Grotte de Labeil, the Cirque du Bout du monde and many other sites.
Lodève, the sub-prefecture of the department of Hérault, is located at the foot of the Larzac plateau and all useful administrative and commercial services can be found there: a hospital, GPs and specialists, pharmacies, local shops and supermarkets.
There are food outlets for all budgets, from gourmet restaurants to sandwich shops.
The Lodève Tourist Office and the Prieuré Saint Michel de Grandmont are sites with an approved label.