The medieval village is famous for its architectural heritage, olives, wine and a vibrant pottery scene. Founded in the 9th century, it became known for green glazed pottery. Many houses in this tranquil village are decorated with ceramic items.
The story of pottery is explained in Argileum, an interactive museum with demonstrations. Saint-Jean-de-Fos is a circulade, one of France’s circular villages that grew around a church or castle. In this case, it was the fort (or fos) of Saint John.
The Devil’s Bridge, between the village and Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Romanesque style. It is more than 1,000 years old.
Another popular attraction near the village is the Grotte de Clamouse, a network of caves with stalagmites, stalactites and an exceptional variety of crystalline formations. It is considered one of the most beautiful caves open to the public in France.
The drive from Le Fort Pouzols-Minervois to Saint-Jean-de-Fos takes 75 minutes (61 miles, 98 km). A visit can combined with nearby Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert and Pézenas.
A weekly market is held here on Friday mornings. Annual events celebrate pottery. A little train takes visitors on a tour of the Alexandrine wine estate in July and August. There are marked hiking trails and walks in the beautiful surrounding countryside. For more information, visit www.mairie-saintjeandefos.fr.