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Hotel Estelou, an unusual and charming 3 star hotel in the south of France. A truly uncommon place!

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Between sea and mountains, the hotel Estelou in Sommieres is an unusual and charming hotel that’s ideally located in the south of France. It’s far from the seaside crowds yet only 20 minutes away from the Mediterranean beaches…

Located at the entrance of the commune of Sommieres, the hotel Estelou is the starting point for many athletic activities, whether they’re a family thing or more about sports.

5. minutes away from the unusual hotel Estelou, the market of Sommieres attracts visitors from all over the region every saturday

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A market comprised of local products, that’s colourful and typically Provençal: Every Saturday morning, the market of Sommieres becomes the big attraction of the whole region. It offers a large range of local products sold directly by the farmers. A unique trait of this market is that you’ll be able to purchase products from the market (cheese, cold cuts, olives, bread, baked goods, etc.) and eat them at the large tables put at your disposal for free by the marketplace’s restaurants. Your only obligation will be to order a drink and share this moment of togetherness by starting a conversation with your seating companion. A rare moment of sharing and togetherness that you can enjoy every Saturday.

5. minutes away from the unusual hotel Estelou, every saturday and some sundays, Sommieres sets up a second-hand market that’s typical of the south of France


A picturesque second-hand market under the plane trees: Most Saturdays and certain Sundays, the town of Sommieres organises a large second-hand market on the square located right in front of the town’s arenas. It takes place in the shade of the plane trees and offers all sorts of old items. The Sommieres second-hand market attracts bargain hunters from all across the department. You should take a look at it after having explored the market.

The unusual hotel Estelou is the ideal starting point for walks through Sommieres or along the greenway

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A 22km-long green path at the foot of the hotel: the Greenway is the starting point of a green path that follows the rout of the old railway tracks over a 22km stretch. It starts right by the hotel Estelou. What could be more ideal?  

All along its path, the Greenway offers many links to hiking trails so as to multiply the opportunities of discovery. There’s over 200km of sign-posted hiking trails. To help guide you, a map is available at the Sommieres tourist office for €5. It lists all the trails that are linked to the Greenway, which you’ll be able to access by simply leaving the hotel on foot.

For those who love cycling, Sommieres and the hotel Estelou are ideally situated, at the starting point of many mountain biking paths.


The hotel Estelou, meeting point for cycling enthusiasts: Sommieres and the hotel Estelou are an ideal meeting point for cycling enthusiasts.

From the hotel Estelou, you’ll have access to five circuits dedicated to mountain biking. They’ve recently been sign-posted to guarantee easier and safer trips. They obtained the “Mountain biking site” label given out by the French Cycling Federation (www.ffc.fr).

The mountain bike trails accessible directly from the hotel Estelou include a large loop of over 40km and four smaller ones (with technical difficulties ranging from “low” to “high”).  You’ll be able to find out more about all this in a small, free brochure you can pick up at the Sommieres tourist office or download from its website on the “Download our booklets” page. The 5 trails have different difficulty levels: 1 green trail – 2 blue trails – 3 red trails.

For fans of roller-blading or skateboarding, a 22km trail leaves right in front of the hotel Estelou

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Avid rollerblader or skater, the hotel Estelou is an ideally-located hotel, situated along Greenway made for long excursions: Going the length of the hotel gardens, the Greenway offers, along the route of the old railway track, a long strip of high-quality asphalt with very small differences in elevation over very short distances. It’s the perfect place for very rollerbladers or skaters, whether they’re experienced or beginners.

The first stretch starts along a rocky foothill by the hotel gardens. It winds between two row of trees before diving into viticultural landscapes. To find out more, check out our section about the Greenway.

Going horse-riding is easy, thanks to the Sommieres riding school located opposite the hotel Estelou

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A riding school just opposite the hotel where you can try it out for the first time or enjoy your passion: During your stay at the hotel Estelou, you’ll be able to learn about horse-riding at the riding school located opposite the hotel – Ecurie du Liz, 372 route d’Aubais. For the whole family and for a more unusual excursion, you can also rent donkeys at the “Pas de l’Ane” in Calvisson.

The hotel reception will provide you with all the useful information about the rates of the various riding schools situated nearby the hotel.

Discover the hotel Estelou, a very original and unusual 3 star hotel in the south of France:

The unusual hotel Estelou has 24 rooms, separated into en 4 different categories. They all have a view of the hotel gardens:

To discover the most beautiful towns of the South of France - Avignon, Arles, Nîmes, Montpellier, Aigues-Mortes, Sommieres, Uzès -, to enjoy the Mediterranean sea and its stunning beaches, to discover the cuisine and provençal art of living, choose the hotel Estelou. Located in Sommieres, in the buildings of an old railway station, it’s an unusual and charming hotel:

  • Hotel Estelou

    Hotel Estelou

    An out-of-the-ordinary 3 star hotel with a very original architecture inside a former train station bulit in 1870 !