The 6 most beautiful hikes in the Cirque de Navacelles

Cirque de Navacelles, Causse de Blandas, Vissec, Moulin de la Foux

Would you like to discover one of France’s most beautiful natural sites? How about a hike in the Cirque de Navacelles in Hérault?



Hiking in the Cirque de Navacelles takes you to the heart of nature, not far from Montpellier. This fifteenth of France’s greatest sites offers exceptional trails between verdant plateaus, desert expanses and caussenard steppes.

The Baume Auriol and Blandas lookouts embrace this exceptional panorama. Wild flora and fauna live in harmony among the pine and hardwood forests of Europe’s largest canyon.

To help you find your way around the natural site, we’ve selected the best hiking trails in the Cirque de Navacelles. You’ll need hiking boots, a bottle of water and a good mood for this sporting adventure!

1. Cirque de Navacelles and Moulins de la Foux

Cirque de Navacelles et Moulins de la Foux

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  • Duration: about 3 hours
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Height difference: 286 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This first hike in the Cirque de Navacelles takes you to discover this natural curiosity. On this 10 km family excursion, you’ll discover the grandeur of this Hérault landscape.

Along the way, you’ll come across broom, butterwort, daisies and flowers of all colors. You’ll also alternate between panoramic views of the gorges and the meandering Vis. Get out your camera and immortalize the beauty of nature at every viewpoint along the way.

We recommend a stop on your way to the Moulin de la Foux. Its impressive stone architecture dates back to the 17th century and today houses a free permanent exhibition.

Please note that while the first part of the trail is in the shade, with access to the river, the second part is in direct sunlight. Remember to bring sun cream, water bottles and a hat. Good news: your four-legged friends are welcome to join you.

2. Between Vissec and Gorges de la Vis

Navacelles - Vissec et Gorges de la Vis

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  • Duration: approx. 6 hours
  • Distance: 17.7 km
  • Difference in altitude: 682 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This hike in the Cirque de Navacelles differs from the first in its length and the multiplicity of its viewpoints. You start from the same starting point in Navacelles and follow the meandering Vis.

Start your journey with a visit to the village of Navacelles and its waterfall. From this medieval hamlet, you’ll enjoy your first panoramic view of the Cirque. This walk takes you all the way to the Gorges de la Vis. This spectacular landscape, dominated by the Seranne massif and the Causse de Blandas, forms a canyon carved out of the rock. Mother Nature’s handiwork over decades will leave you stunned by these breathtaking panoramas.

As you walk, discover the riches of the Hérault countryside and the staircase balconies that embrace the cirques. Along the way, you’ll find picnic tables where you can rest and enjoy a well-earned snack.

3. Cirque de Navacelles, Causse de Blandas, Vissec and Moulin de la Foux

Cirque de Navacelles, Causse de Blandas, Vissec, Moulin de la Foux

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  • Duration: approx. 6.30 hours
  • Distance: 19 km
  • Height difference: 636 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This 19 km loop will take you, like its predecessors, to discover the Cirque de Navacelles and the Causses de Blandas. As the Vis meanders through the landscape, take in the Causse’s distinctive surroundings. Enjoy an unforgettable view of the Vis Gorges and the Cirque de Navacelles.

If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, take a trip back in time to the medieval château of Vissec. This seigniorial residence is even listed as a historic monument.

Despite the marked trails, don’t hesitate to get a map from the local tourist office to help you find your way around the Cirque de Navacelles.

4. Tour du Larzac Méridional from Saint-Maurice-Navacelles to Vissec

Tour du Larzac Méridional : Saint-Maurice-Navacelles - Vissec

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  • Running time: approx. 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Distance: 19.2 km
  • Ascent: 610 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Would you like to go hiking in the Cirque de Navacelles, but don’t know which one to choose? We suggest you take on the GRP Tours du Larzac. Lace up your shoes and embark on a sporting adventure of almost 20 km in the Hérault region.

This trail begins in the heart of the medieval village of Saint-Maurice-Navacelles. It also follows the Vis river to the beautiful village of Vissec. This hike alternates between wooded paths and panoramic views of the Cirque de Navacelles. During your walk, stop to admire the Moulin de la Foux, the Gorges du Vis and soak your feet in the river.

5. A short tour of Larzac Méridional

Tour du Larzac Méridional, entre les Cirques de Navacelles et du Bout-du-Monde

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  • Running time: approx. 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Distance: 19.2 km
  • Ascent: 715 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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If you’ve done it one way, you can do it the other! This hike in the Cirque de Navacelles starts from Vissec, a village nestled in the Vis Gorges, and reaches Saint-Maurice-Navacelles.

Take time out on your walk to admire the rosehips, blackthorns, tree frogs and fishermen by the river. In the distance, even the sharpest eyes will catch a glimpse of a golden eagle melting the skies with its majestic wings. All around you, an entire ecosystem breathes and lives among pine plantations and deciduous forests.

6. Grand tour du Larzac Méridional

Tour du Larzac Méridional, entre le Cirque de Navacelles et du Bout-du-Monde

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  • Duration: several days
  • Distance: 57.3 km
  • Ascent: 1557 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Discover another loop of the GRP Tour du Larzac. Your 57-kilometer hike in the Cirque de Navacelles begins and ends at Saint-Maurice-Navacelles.

Take the famous path through the heart of the Cirque de Navacelles to discover this natural wonder. Discover the villages of Saint-Michel-d’Alajou, Saint-Pierre-de-la-Page and La Vacquerie-et-Saint-Martin-de-Castries. This great hike takes place over several days and includes overnight accommodation.

After your hike, you can take a well-deserved refreshing break at the Vis waterfall in Saint-Laurent-le-Minier.