|• Mayor (2008–2014)||José Pozo|
|Area1||12.35 km2 (4.77 sq mi)|
|• Density||70/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||34304 / 34700|
|Elevation||190–733 m (623–2,405 ft)|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
The village dates from the 12th Century, and even today only one main street, the Coural, is suitable for motor traffic. The ancient city walls are visible in many places. The village has two châteaux, a church, two schools, a Mairie, a café (Café du Terral), a small post office and a general store. A modern sports and social centre lies just outside the village proper, the other side of the D25 road to Ganges.
Until very recent times the village was surrounded by vineyards, and viticulture was the primary economic activity. Stocks of the widely grown Carignan red grape variety are very sturdy, and the characteristic vineyards of the region therefore have no trellises. Soubès never had its own wine-making facility, however, and vignerons are obliged to take their grapes to the Cave Coopérative either in Lodève or Pégairolles-de-l'Escalette.
Like all villages of the region, Soubès takes pride in its annual fête, which is held the weekend following the first Monday in August.
Traditional festive events include dances every night, pétanque and belotte tournaments, and a very popular game of loto. Sometimes yearling bulls are run through the Coural, in a very tamed-down version of the Pamplonada.
In the month of August the population doubles and redoubles as summer visitors (estivants) arrive to enjoy the hot climate and peaceful atmosphere.
|1958||March 1995||Jean Lassalle|
|March 1995||March 2008||Marie-Claire Rudelle|
|March 2008||March 2014||José Pozo|
Recent population growth
- Built in 1979 on the initiative of Maire Lassalle. "Soubès du néolithique à nos jours". Assoc. Soubésienne SPES. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
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