The Hérault Valley municipal Community regroups the 28 cantons of Gignac and Aniane. Its population has seen a marked increase and now stands at over 30,000 habitants. The area is spread out over 481 km² or 8 % of the total area of the department.
Located at the heart of the department of the Hérault, in direct proximity to the greater Montpellier area and at the crossroads of two major roads (A75 and A750), the Hérault Valley municipal Community benefits from a strategic, pivotal location.
Within the department, and even the region, it represents an area of convergence and balance between the hyperactive plain and a more rural domain.
This particular location, allied to a rich cultural and natural heritage, gives it considerable potential for development.
From a geographical point of view, the area comprises three distinct yet complementary entities:
The Hérault Valley, a very wide valley corresponding to the merging of the Hérault and Lergue rivers. It offers a very open landscape predominated by vineyards, with a dense network of boroughs and villages.
The Séranne massif heralds the Larzac plateau to the north and delineates the valley with its steep slopes. A few villages cling to the foothills, overlooking the wine-growing plain.
And finally, the « garrigues » scrubland of the Taillade massif and the limestone plateau of Aumelas offer a green contrast to the east, between the valley and the Montpellier area.