La Cité de Pierres in Montpellier-le-Vieux

an imaginary city drawn by nature

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Welcome to la Cité de Pierres, in the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park. In 1884, Edouard-Alfred MARTEL, the father of speleology, explored la Cité de Pierres in Montpellier-le-Vieux. Relive Martel’s adventure in this classified natural site of 120-hectares overhanging the Gorges of Dourbie, in a full day or a half-day.

Visit la Cité de Pierres in Montpellier-le-Vieux

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Relax and rest, have a picnic, read, draw, meditate, breathe, dream, smile. La Cité de Pierres allows you to escape from everyday life in balance and harmony with abundant nature.

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Discover la Cité de Pierres in Montpellier-le-Vieux, in the Regional Natural Park of the Grands Causses, with walks of different levels showing signs about the heritage of our fantastic city.



Go on an adventure with Martel the explorer and follow in the footsteps of the Amathis civilisation. With our Explor’Game® "L'Arche des Mystères", take up the challenges and free the petrified city.



A 50 minute trip on a mini-train in the heart of la Cité de Pierres, with a stop at the dark balm (rock shelter) for a video projection revealing the 7 keys to discovery of La Cité de Pierres.



Climb in Via Ferrata or in Acro’Roc (from 8 years old), take in the experience of the rocks and then breathe in the fresh air of the Grands Causses whilst zip-lining. These activities are led by a professional.

The 7 keys to discovery


170 million years of shaping from the water and the wind


10 amazing viewpoints


30 natural, unique and monumental works of art

Traces of Life

Traces of Life
12 rock shelters and sheepfolds from the Neolithic period to the Middle Ages


There is a multitude of varieties thanks to the combination of Mediterranean and mountain climates.

Martel the Adventurer

Martel the Adventurer
Martel, an extraordinary adventurer


Tales and beliefs of the lost civilization

La Cité de Pierres in Montpellier-le-Vieux

“The Causse Noir is the richest of all runiform rock masses: Montpellier-le-Vieux, the region’s one of the most remarkable rock cities in the world”
Edouard Alfred Martel
La Région Occitanie
Parc naturel régional des Grands Causses
Sites d'exception en Languedoc
Aveyron Vivre Vrai
Explore Millau

Contact us

La Cité de Pierres
Lieu dit Le Maubert
12100 Millau - France
+33 (0)5 65 60 66 30

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