Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is an idyllic village in the Gellon Valley in southern France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region. The village takes its name from its abbey, named after a 9th century Frankish priest. Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is concealed within the cliffs of the valley and has retained all of its medieval charm and is considered to be one of France’s most beautiful villages. It doesn’t take long to walk around the village, however, I passed an entire day here, gazing across the rocky landscape and enjoying a slice of fruit tart on a beautiful garden patio-come-café.
A dried Cardabelle flower is hung on many of the doors around the village. It is said to ward off evil spirits.