Frontignan

Frontignan

Frontignan la Peyrade (Frontinhan) is a commune in the Hérault department in southern France.

Frontignan is renowned for its AOC wine, the Muscat de Frontignan, a sweet wine made solely from the Muscat grape variety.

Sights

  • Old town centre with remains of the fortress dating back to the 14th century
  • Saint-Paul's Church (in parts 12th century)
  • The Penitents' chapel (including the city's museum)
  • Maison Poulation (early 20th century)
  • Château Stony
  • Château de la Peyrade
  • La Peyrade bridge (17th century)
  • Yacht port
  • Natural reserve beaches
  • Aresquiers naturtal reserve
  • Argeliès caves

Geography

Frontignan is located in the Languedoc coastal plain between the towns of Sète and Montpellier.

The town is surrounded by the Gardiole mountain range in the north, the Ingril lagoon in the east, the Étang de Thau in the west and the Mediterranean shore (including the beach resort Frontignan-Plage) in the south.

The Rhône-Sète canal separates the inland town centre and Frontignan-Plage.

Economy

Until the early 20th century the local economy was based on the production of marine salt and wine. Later petro-chemical and chemical industries predominate with a steady decline in the 1980s. The oil refinery that opened in 1900 was converted to a simple depot in 1986.

Since the end of the 20th century modern fisheries and high tech plastics take over. Seasonal tourism is a dominant part of the local economy.

Important businesses in Frontignan include:

  • Distrisud S.A.
  • Indubois S.A.S.
  • Hexis S.A.
  • Barba S.A.S.
  • Frontignan Coopérative S.C.A.
  • Mobil Concepts s.à.r.l.

History

Culture

  • Frontignan is the home town of the writer Maurice Clavel.
  • Every year since 1998 Frontignan organises the annual Festival International du Roman Noir.
  • Bull fighting and river jousting are the traditional sports.

Twin towns

See also

References

Based on the article in the French Wikipedia.

External links

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