Villar en Val
Villar-en-Val, a tiny hamlet of the canton of Lagrasse, is a veritable haven of peace, with a past rich in history and references. It’s also the village of the writer Joseph Delteil; the ‘Sentier en Poésie’, open all year round, renders homage to this man.
A few words on the modest village of Villar en Val
Located at the very edge of the Val de Dagne, in a lush setting, kept that way by the work of its wine makers and farmers, Villar-en-Val preserves the traces of a rich past, as its old stately castle and Romanesque church with its Lombard bands demonstrate.
The birthplace of Joseph Delteil, writer and poet, (1894-1978), a ‘Sentier en Poésie’ or poetry path is open all year, and an annual festival in early August continues the promotion of the work and way of life of this great figure of 20th century literature.
The heritage of Villar en Val
- The seigniorial castle
- The Romanesque church
- The Poetry Trail and the Festival
Villar en Val, the seat of poetry
Dynamic and outward looking, this little village of Villar-en-Val, inhabited by thirty-odd souls (27 at the last census in 2015), has adopted their poet’s motto: ‘Here time goes by on foot’ as an invitation to a gentle life…
The Poetry Path in Villar en Val
A veritable museum in the open air, dedicated to the writer Joseph Delteil in his birthplace, the Sentier en Poésie was opened in 1994 by the National Forestry Commission, the Aude County Council and the ASPEC Association, with the involvement of Hervé Arnaud, Yvan and Patric Edline. The route’s scenic design was by Magali Arnaud and Philippe Forcioli. It was inaugurated in August 2000 by Paco Ibañez. The small outdoor theatre was constructed by the Scouts of Versailles under the direction of Philippe Forcioli.