Minerve is the historical capital of the Minervois, that rises up in the middle of the limestone plateaus. Protected by the deep gorges of the rivers Cesse and Brian, where the water shaped the astonishing natural bridges.


Minerve owes his name to the occitan Ménerba , Celt word men (rock, stone) and derived from herbech (shelter, refuge).


At an altitude of 193m, about 120 Minervois(es) live in the village.



Minerve is a remarkably protected site. Memories of the Cathares are present in Minerve and referred to at the Hurepel museum. Another museum is devoted to important paleontological discoveries found in the nearby Aldene cave.

Intact and captivating, with its terraced gardens and cobbled streets, Minerve is ranked among the most beautiful villages of France.