Minerve is a picturesque village 25 kilometres north-west of Narbonne in Languedoc-Roussillon, that is classed as one of the ’most beautiful villages of France’. The village is above the gorge carved by the River Cesse before it disappears underground into a natural tunnel. The fortified medieval village, with many of the fortifications still in place, is perched on a naturally defended rocky peninsula high above a canyon in the barren Languedoc landscape. The landscape around the village is of gorges, causses and cliffs, often forested, which creates a very lovely environment to explore on foot or by bike. You will also see the vineyards, Minerve having given its name to the famous wine of the region, Minervois. The main bridge leading into the village is closed to all passenger vehicles not owned by residents of Minerve.