historic market town of Caux is a jewel of the Languedoc.
The name of the village, “Alode de Caucio,” first appears in a text
of 961 but the site of the current village was certainly settled much earlier
Caux enjoys a vibrant commercial life, offering all the necessities of
everyday life: a grocery store, pharmacy, greengrocer, two bakeries, a butcher,
a post office, banking facilities and a weekly market on Friday mornings.
Artisans and professionals make their homes and offer their services in the
preserved and with many buildings and archaeological sites of great antiquity,
Caux is laid out on a 10th century circular street pattern (“la Circulade”)
the Hundred Years War, Caux remained well protected by its ramparts but in 1579,
the Hugenots took the village by a ruse. The village was ransacked and the
the 17th century the village had re-established itself and expanded
outside of the ancient walls and a new road opened to Pézenas.
the late 19th century, the introduction of the railway past Caux (a
line now closed) had opened the village to the world. The village was
electrified in 1909 and the first telephone installed a year later. Today, Caux
is linked to the world through digital telephone lines and has its own web site!
position is privileged. Seven kilometres to the Northwest of Pézenas, famous
for its medieval old town and weekly market, to the north are the mountains of
the High Languedoc, to the south the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.
It is easy to drive to Montpellier in less than an hour and Beziers in
half this time.
Start your visit at the Place de la République in the heart of the village where you can walk to all of the important sites. Don’t miss the medieval church which dominates the surrounding countryside. And be sure to taste Caux’s local wines - some of the best wines in France!
The church tower dates this photograph to the end of the 19th century.
Click to enlarge (warning: full image is 640Ko).
and Gites and Chambre d'Hotes where it is possible to stay.
browser window to an online "traduction" ("traduction" = translation), translation tool such as the one at http://humanities.uchicago.edu/forms_unrest/FR-ENG.html
the French web master Maxime Muller of Caux.
Link to Nizas, village of Herault by Tony Tidswell