has less than a thousand inhabitants yet this small village is the home of more than 20 book shops. Perhaps it will come as no surprise that it is well known for its writer’s workshops.


The village square, adjoining the massive cathedral, has a delightful fountain and is a marvelous place to read, write, or watch the locals play péntanque.

Village du livre

There is a museum of the printing press with a myriad of presses and other printing equipment that has been used to create the printed word. The collection is extensive and quite impressive.
The village is located in the Midi-Pyrenees region and north-west of Carcassonne in the Montange Noir (Black Mountain). This lovely village has a proud reputation as being “Ville du Livres” Village of Books. In addition to the bookstores and the museum, there is a large stone complex of buildings that are devoted to the art of book and paper-making.
On the south slope of Montagne Noir, in the mid 1600’s, the paper mill Brousses was the most famous stationer in the province of Languedoc. By the mid 1800’s, Brousses was operating 12 mills. Currently, the mill continues to produce paper within the same complex of buildings as it has for over four centuries. It is a living museum with classes offered in all aspects of paper and bookmaking.
Montolieu is worth the trip regardless of a passion of the written word.

There are lovely places to stroll or hike, picnic and a camera would have no end of lovely views to record. It is a place that is on my list of must sees for first time visitors to this area.     

My love affair with books and writing takes me back to Montolieu again and again. Perhaps one day, I shall see you there.


18 thoughts on “Montolieu

  1. Loved this entry, Lea! I shared it on Facebook with a bunch of my fellow poets and writers…everyone wants to visit!!!

    1. Thank you Tony! It is absolutely a place for poets and writers. There are numerous writing workshops available there and so much more.

  2. Reblogged this on foundinfrance and commented:

    Originally posted 12 December 2011, I couldn’t resist as this magical kingdom combines several of my favourite addictions. Books, Writing, Books…

    1. Absolutely, but there is much more there and in the surrounding area… I’ll be up that way next month for the Truffle festival and may stop in as my friend over from London loves it as much as I…

  3. Cindy, it is such an amazing place that one would need to spend some time there to begin to discover it all (what a sacrifice) Next time you are in the south of France, you might consider adding it to your list. I will be up there around the 22 of this month. One of the villages hosting the Truffle Festival is so close we couldn’t not stop in… a friend is popping in from London for a long weekend on the 21 so that is on the agenda. Yvonne loves books even more than I if possible. 😉 Bonne année et bonne santé mon amie! xx

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