French Greenway ‘Passapais’
The Green Way in Languedoc
Greenway ‘Passapaïs’ is over 75-kilometres of green way that follows the old railway line between Bedarieux and Mazamet. Greenway ‘Passapais’ goes through the Regions Herault (Languedoc Roussillon) and (Midi-Pyrenees) in the Tarn and from a Mediterranean climate to an Atlantic one.
It is a relaxing, fun and safe way to discover other villages nearby whilst taking in the glorious views of the mountains, vineyards, forests, meadows, rivers, tunnels and Eiffel-type bridges. The entire path is totally safe from motorised traffic, road noise and ideal for people with disabilities and perfect for young children to discover and improve their cycling and equestrian skills.
Olargues The Most Beautiful Village In France
The path passes through notable villages such as Olargues, which is labelled the ‘Most beautiful village of France’. We were inspired to walk to Olargues knowing the village was holding its annual chestnut festival. The village was alive with music, market and food stalls but the big drawcard outside the Maire (town hall) was fresh roasted chestnuts and Languedoc wine.
The spectacular National Park and gorges are the perfect spots for picnicking and swimming.
The path offers an extensive mosaic of landscapes including lush forests of Ash and Oak trees, expansive vineyards and chestnut groves. The terrain is made up of limestone, marble, granite, clay, shale.
Along the way, you will see many remnants of towers, castles, tunnels and fortified villages.
Carparks are available near the Greenway and dedicated car spaces are marked out by arrows. Although, many of the sections are shaded it is recommended that users wear a hat and carry water. Tunnels are generally well lit however it is a good idea to carry a torch.
There are always toilets in cafes and the odd public WC located in the Green Way villages. Be aware some WC are the old fashion French squat, drop toilets.