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HOTEL ESTELOU | UNUSUAL HOTEL – SOUTH OF FRANCE
HOTEL ESTELOU | UNUSUAL HOTEL – SOUTH OF FRANCE

Hotel Estelou, a charming 3 star hotel in an uncommon location. The perfect hotel for visiting the South of France.

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Sommieres, a medieval and picturesque town of the south of France, in the heart of the Languedoc-Roussillon region.

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Sommieres is a medieval commune with a history dating back to the Romans, who built a bridge there, that’s one of the few Roman bridges in Europe to still be used for accommodation.

Sommieres has a charming 3 star hotel set in an unusual location: the old train station. The hotel Estelou is a magical place, which will allow you to discover the particularly rich architectural and touristic heritage of Sommieres.

 

The Roman bridge:

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Located just a 5 minute walk away from the hotel Estelou, the town’s Roman bridge was built in the 1st century of our era (under Augustus or Tiberius’ rule).

It was constructed to allow the Roman road coming from Nîmes to pass through in direction of Toulouse. In the 13th century, part of the bridge, which originally had 21 arches, was absorbed into the town. Today, 14 of the 21 arches are no longer visible as houses and buildings have mostly surrounded them.

Schéma du pont

The Roman bridge of Sommieres is one of the rare bridges in Europe that are still lived in, just like the Ponte Vecchio in Florence (there are only about a dozen such bridges in Europe nowadays).

 

The Bermond tower, a medieval fortress:

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From the gardens of the hotel Estelou, you’ll discover the Bermond tower, which overlooks the medieval part of the town of Sommieres. This toward was part of the Sommieres castle, which was built in the 10th or 11th century.

The history of the town and the tower are closely linked to that of the Bermond family, from Anduze and Sauve. The castle was comprised of two towers, the second of which (similar to the remaining one) was destroyed during the first siege of the town back in 1573. The strategic importance of the castle came from its location, overlooking the Roman bridge, unique passageway on the Vidourle between the Cévennes and the sea.

 

The marketplace, both picturesque and lively:

Sommieres’ place du marché (marketplace) hosts a particularly picturesque market every Saturday. Its origins go back, just like the town’s, to the fairs of the middle ages. Every Saturday, one can buy products from the market and consume that at one of the large tables provided by the many restaurants overlooking the square. Your only obligation will be to order a drink. You’ll then be able to take out your groceries and eat what you bought at the market. This tradition attracts very many tourists all year round.

We recommend to all guests planning on staying in our hotel that they try this experience of togetherness, imbued with the human warmth that’s so typical of the South of France.

Various views of the medieval marketplace in Sommieres

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Sommieres is also:

  • A second-hand market and flea market, every Saturday morning;
  • A nocturnal tasting of wine and regional products every Monday evening during the Summer;
  • Shows at the castle from July 1st through August 31st;
  • A medieval festival in the Spring;
  • Bullfighting in late July;
  • An architectural heritage dating back to the Middle-Ages;
  • Many hiking trails (sign-posted over 200km) and a greenway linking Sommieres to Caveirac over 22km, which received the “cross-country cycling site” label from the French Cycling Federation.
  • Many wine estates offering tastings of Languedoc wines;
  • Over 20 restaurants;
  • A ranking amongst the 80 French towns with the “Regions of Art and History” label and one of the rare towns in Europe to have a bridge that’s lived in.
  • A location between the Mediterranean (the Camargue and its beaches are 20 minutes away by car) and the Cévennes; between Nîmes (28km), Montpellier (27km), Aigues-Mortes (25km), and Arles (44km);
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Discover the hotel Estelou, a very charming and unusual 3 star hotel in the south of France:

 
  • 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 !