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Assignan, a haven of peace lost in France

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We are in Assignan, a village in the department of Hérault in the region of Languedoc. A place where a new concept of tourism begins to gain strength. The rescue of a very small town, without traffic and with winding access roads has made the tourist find a cozy and quiet town. Ideal to disconnect from the noise and stress of big cities.


Assignan, a haven of peace lost in France

Assignan, a haven of tranquility lost in France

A rich Belgian owner of a transport company bought several small buildings Assignan, after selling part of his possessions in Belgium. His idea was to turn them into hotels and restaurants, which could sound rocambolesque. However, its biggest barrier was to solve the cliché of a rich foreigner, a qualifier that was not well seen in these lands.


Assignan, a haven of peace lost in France

Over time the neighbors' suspicion was diminishing, especially when they saw everything that Belgian did for them. He restored streets and buildings, while bringing a quiet and polite tourism, far from riding ridges. He is also building a huge cellar on the outskirts of the town shaped like a bottle of wine and it will be open in spring 2018.


Assignan, a haven of peace lost in France

He chose this small town because they barely live 120 inhabitants and where most people live in the countryside, specifically wine. So much so that in such a small town there are 8 wineries, all of them of organic wine and that after tasting it I must say that it is very good.


Assignan, a haven of peace lost in France

Assignan is a very quiet town, you can hardly see children running around or elders, although I can confirm that they do exist. The mobile coverage has not yet arrived and is not missed, so that ... the hotels of the Belgian man do not have internet or television, despite having authentic luxury rooms. That is what the tourist values ​​most, that character settled mainly in big cities yearning for calm, which is sometimes difficult to find.


Assignan, a haven of peace lost in France

That is just what we have when we reach Assignan, pure tranquility that is only interrupted by the sound of birds. Now I understand why the Belgian laid eyes on this town and opened it to the world. Its hotels are delightful, with luxury rooms, swimming pools overlooking the nearby vineyards and with disconnection as your best asset.


Assignan, a haven of peace lost in France

The place has several restaurants, all of the same owner ... and painted with a hue that reminds us of wine. In the restaurant the Petite Table They have as a chef a couple of Uruguayan globetrotters, although one is really Belgian. He lived much of his life not far from the Río de la Plata, therefore Uruguayan ... He proudly shows us how he has the door of his house always open, without throwing the key, and the same with his car. Nothing ever happens here.


Assignan, a haven of peace lost in France

Not far from there is another exquisite and very cuckoo restaurant Thai food (Thai de Castigno) where the smells of spices push you to taste their food. For the most demanding, there is a gourmet corner where the restaurant La Table It gives a lot to talk about. Tasting Menus from about 40€ more or less.


Assignan, a haven of peace lost in France

In the wine center tastings are offered where you have the opportunity to savor up to 8 different wines. It is easy to get bent out of there if one does not take the delicious cheeses and sausages they give you to try during the tasting. If we go out with a bad body, we have the option of visiting the nearby massage center rejuvenated by a Balinese.


Assignan, a haven of peace lost in France

There are several accommodations scattered throughout the town and easily visible for their outstanding colors. Many of them are old restored houses, workshops or even an old warehouse where grapes were stored. This has two pools.


Assignan, a haven of peace lost in France

As a hipster point we have this other option, a kind of luxury bungalow with a citröen vintage parked at your service. Now it is in tests but if it is successful, we will see them as mushrooms in the area.


Assignan, a haven of peace lost in France

Finally, some very careful interiors were expected, respecting the theme of the place and without missing a television set. Too bad I could not stay more than a weekend.


Assignan, a haven of peace lost in France

Trip sponsored by the French tourist office

Practical data

How to get to Assignan?

The best is undoubtedly to arrive by train (AVE) from Madrid, Zaragoza, Lleida or Barcelona for example. This will leave us to Beziers, a lovely city that is well worth a visit. From here taking a rental car we will be in around 30/45 minutes.


Where to sleep in Assignan?

In Village Castigno, houses renovated throughout Assignan. The price starts from 100€ the night with breakfast apart.

What to do around Assignan?

There are many activities to do, such as cycling (free bicycles), hiking and even canoe trips. Everything is very close to Assignan and if we do not want to make much effort we have the option of driving one of the scooters available in the village. From my point of view one of the excursions that we must do is to Beziers. A city with a lot of charm and that we can see in a single day.


Languedoc - France

And if we have more time, the famous Canal du Midi as it passes through Beziers. There we can rent a private boat or get on a public one to explore this wonder of the 18th century for several hours.


Languedoc - France

Last but not least, we have a walled city of Aigues Mortes 1 hour by car at the foot of a pink lagoon.

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