Cessenon sur Orb nestles on a hillside in a bend on the river Orb and is one of the oldest villages in Languedoc Roussillon. The name's origin is either Celtic or Iberic and many traces of conquests and occupations through the centuries can still be seen today.
There is an abundance of things to see and activities to do, such as:
- Wine tastings
- Village Fetes & Markets
- Mountain hiking
- Mini Farm
- Horse and donkey riding and trekking
- Abbeys/Monasteries/Churches/Cathar Castles
- Health Retreats
- Rock climbing
- Music concerts
Fontaine Sucree is so called because of the water that flows into the trough from the cast iron pipe, rich in calcium, that is at the end of our street. One of the castle gates, the Porte de L'Olivet, once stood where the fountain is.
At the top of the hill is a 12th century bell tower with stunning views over the river and mountains beyond. The three bells chime the hours and punctuate life's moments.
In the centre of Cessenon is a large square, less than a minutes walk away, where you will find bakeries, a tabac, a butchers, a souvenir shop selling lots of useful things, a hair salon/beauty therapist, three bars/restaurants, two banks -one with a cashpoint, Pharmacy, a Carrefour Minimarket, a Post Office and two Real Estate agencies (very useful if you are here to house hunt). There is a market every Tuesday and Saturday selling food, clothing & shoes.
If you fancy a kayak or canoeing adventure, Reals Canoe Kayak is five minutes away. There is also a large BBQ/picnic area on the river and you can sit at the rivers edge and watch the kayakers coming down the rapids. The hold regular competitions and training.
We are surrounded by vineyards and the local Domaines welcome visitors if you feel like a bit of a wine tour or to pick up some wine. There is an Olive Mill in St Chinian offering free tastings and the chance to buy their oil.