Maureilhan is a quiet wine producing village, set in acres of vineyards. In the village centre, which has just been refurbished, you will find a well stocked small, general store, a newsagent/tabac,bakers, post office and (essential part of French village life) hairdresser. On the main road, the bar/restaurant "112" and the café opposite have excellent set menu lunches of four courses for about 12.50E, including a carafe of local wine. La Tonnelle Pizzeria makes some of the best pizzas you will find locally - there is a takeaway service of a small terrace area where you can sit and eat in their courtyard. Just off the main road the Relais Routier has a very good dining area and good set menu of three courses for around 13 euros including wine.
The general store and bakery are open for part or whole 7 days a week but actual opening times vary with the season so do check on arrival for opening times and half days. The bakery opens Sunday morning but nearly all other large shops in neighbouring villages/towns are closed. The local Vival shop sells extremely drinkable wine for less than 3E a bottle!
New developments on the outskirts of the village include a hairdresser, the 2nd in the village, a bike shop with bikes from 300 to 3000 euros - surprisingly busy when I called in this summer (2014) to get an inner tube replaced! There are two pool shops with all pool products and both offer a technical support service.
There are two schools in the village, infants and juniors and a nursery as well as a multi-purpose sports hall, a floodlit football pitch and a good standard rugby pitch where, during the summer numerous local fetes, holiday weekends and firework displays take place.
The local dentist is about 50 metres away and there are two doctors surgeries within 150 metres.
The first traces of civilisation here date back to the 6th century BC. The village is located on the site of a Gallo-Roman estate, whilst the first written records cite MAURELLANUM in the year 804. The present 19th century church is the third consecrated church on the site. The private 16th century chateau is also a wonderful monument.
The prosperity of the village has been assured for a long time by the establishment of vast vineyards. Recently, numerous
Maureilhan is 18kms from the nearest Mediterranean beaches, close to the Canal du Midi (now classed as a World Heritage site), 10 minutes by car from the centre of Beziers, 25 minutes from Narbonne, with its ancient cathedral, 20 minutes from the hills of the Haute Languedoc National Park and 20/25 minutes from two top quality 18 hole golf courses. It is also an ideal centre for wine-tasting holidays with many locla producers within a short drive.
Find out more about the village by linking to www.maureilhan.com