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One of France's most beautiful villages

Labeled“plus beaux villages de France“, “villes et villages fleuris” and surrounded by a wide loop of the Hers valley, the peaceful village of Camon blossoms in a superb setting of hillsides, just waiting for you!

A city full of

with charm!

Asubtle blend of history and architecture, it all began in 778, since legend has it that it was Charlemagne who, on his return from Roncesvalles, commissioned the construction of a monastery and church.

The abbey prospered and became a simple priory of Lagrasse. But, like most villages in the Hers valley, Camon was destroyed by the flood caused by the bursting of the Puivert dam. The village was then rebuilt in the image of the royal fortresses, hence its nickname of ” little Carcassonne “, and became the fortress of the meander, ” Cambo dunum ” in Gallo-Roman, which is said to have given the village its name.

Philippe de Lévis, appointed prior of Camon in the early 16th century, left a deep imprint on the village, its church and its abbey.

Stroll through


The streets and alleyways are decorated with climbing roses, giving Camon its nickname of “the village of a hundred roses”. Indeed, Camon has a long history of winegrowing, and rose bushes were planted here. Roses, affected by diseases before the vine, warned winegrowers, who were able to organize themselves to stem epidemics.

Traditionally, the Rose Festival takes place on the 3rd Sunday in May. This year, the event will take place on Sunday May 14.

To visit

  • The church and private priory
  • The village
  • The scented rose garden

    Spotlight on Camon