A short drive away from our crazy city of Montpellier stands the magnificent Pont du Diable, joining the two sides of a gorge created by the Herault river.
We spotted Le Pont du Diable on our way to the beautiful St Guilhem Le Desert and vowed to take a trip back to visit soon. Armed with a car and oodles of sunshine we took a trip back out through various villages to the bridge of the devil, about 45 minutes away from Montpellier.
The Herault Pont du Diable (because there are a few of them in France) was constructed by Benedine monks in the 11th century, but there’s a legend that it was in fact the devil that built the bridge as part of a deal with Saint Guilhem. The deal was that the devil would build the strongest bridge ever if Saint Guilhem would give him the soul of one his ‘dogs of servitude’, referring to the monks from the monasteries. St G agreed to this deal. Once the devil had completed his part of the bargain the sneaky Saint offered Satan one of his actual dogs, claiming that was the deal. Satan wasn’t so happy about that but he couldn’t destroy the impenetrable bridge so he threw himself off of it in a rage.
Nowadays people tend to jump off the bridge for fun, and if they can’t quite face the bridge (because they’re sane) they jump off rocks. While I have been known to jump off a bridge there was no chance I’d be jumping off that one. I could barely jump off the least offensive rocks. I think I must have left fearless Anna somewhere in New Zealand. If you see her wondering around looking like she might do something stupid, please wrap her in bubble wrap and give her a cookie.
While the most famous beaches may belong to the coast, this one, within the dramatic surrounding mountainous of the Languedoc is far more special and far less crowded, The water is cold but clear and refreshing and if you like jumping off things, or even just watching people while doing that sucking air thing people do when they see people do crazy things, it’s quite the fun day out.
I can’t believe quite how much beauty we’re surrounded by here. It’s enough to give yourself a good slap when you start complaining about…well… anything and we keep talking about how much we want to show people round our amazing surrounding so please come visit
I’m going to stop now as I’ve run out of adjectives and let you enjoy the pictures and a video we found online of some crazy frenchies jumping off the bridge.