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Archeology

The local sites consist mainly of the remains of protohistorical tombs, burial mounds and dolmens. The many remnants of an ancient occupation of the Pays de Cruzières are mostly accessible via well kept paths, some of which are marked and explained.

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The marvels of the gallo-roman civilisation in Pont du Gard, Nîmes, Orange or Arles can be easily visited during excursions starting from Saint-André de Cruzières.

Closer to us, many typical villages that are restored or in their original state offer terraces, local produce and breathtaking panoramic views.

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Banne

During the French Revolution, in a counter revolutionary effort led by royalists, the castle of Banne was reduced to rubble by a fire that started during the fighting. However, the site and viewpoint are exceptional. Several coal mines were exploited in Banne up until the 1950s. Few remains are still visible from that period, but a notable exception is the magnificent Doulovy viaduct that was built in 1876 and stills stands today in the middle of the forest.

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La Garde Guérin (Lozère)

The village is crossed by the Chemin de Régordane GR700, virtually the only communication axis that links the Massif Central and the Mediterranean; this was a very busy route all through the middle Ages. The fortified village, or La Garde castrum, is co-owned by a community of several knights: the Pariers. The town was taken and burned down during the hundred years war. The square tower of Garde-Guérin, 21.50 meters high, dates from the 12th century.

Montclus (Gard)

Human occupation spanning back as far as prehistoric periods may be observed on the site where the village stands. In the middle Ages, the mention of Castrum Montecluso is found in the texts; this name is derived from its position on top of a hill surrounded by mountains. A remarkable site, lovely country houses and narrow roads combine to give this village its exceptional style. The remains of an old troglodyte Benedictine monastery are also to be found in the area, along with an old castle, of which the donjon is the only visible remnant.

Naves

Hanging on the first escarpments of the Cévennes, Naves had its days of glory in the 19th century with the development of sericulture (rearing of silkworms).

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Tharaux (Gard)
This is also a place that you must visit for its preserved charm, its calm and the greenery it has to offer.

Thines

Thines is situated on the main road of the Country of Le Cévenol and road GR4 between Loubaresse and Les Vans. Notre Dame de Thines was listed in 1848 as a Historical Monument by Prosper Mérimée; this monument was built in the last quarter of the 12th century. It is close to the pilgrimage routes of Puy en Velay and Saint Jaques de Compostelle. The monument was built with granite worked stones and its design is marked by triple storied nave arches with a double rowed choir apse and a south side porch.

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Uzès (Gard)

Uzès is town of arts and history, and its origin is possibly linked to the Construction of the Pont du Guard that brought water from the Eure River to the town of Nîmes. The town later became a Bishopric, a Vicounty, a County and finally a Duchy in 1565. The town was put to a harsh test during the French Wars of Religion and the War of the Camisards. The town centre and its narrow and paved pedestrian streets that will bring you back to medieval times have been particularly well preserved. The Place aux Herbes, surrounded by arcaded houses, is the setting for a much appreciated weekly market, where the scents of aromatic herbs picked in Provence and Languedoc fill the air.

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Theme parks

  • Pierrelatte: five hundred crocodiles await you in the Crocodile Farm.
  • Villeneuve de Berg: visit the le World of Bees (Monde des abeilles) where you will discover the marvels of apiculture.
  • Saint Remèze: in Marzal's prehistoric Zoo (zoo préhistorique de Marzal), follow an easily accessible under wood path that will take you through 20 or so scenes depicting real size prehistoric animals (dinosaurs and others).
  • Ardèche Lamas: the Gorges de l'Ardèche afford some of the most beautiful tourist routes and will enable to discover'Ardèche lamas', a lama farm open to visitors.
  • Vagnas: at the Indy Park, a must see in terms of adventures and discoveries, many amusing games await your visit. These range from the traditional circuit through the tree-tops (zip-lines) to discovery, educational and amusing circuits.
  • Anduze: do not miss the Prafrance's Bambouseraie, a giant Bamboo forest that is unique in Europe.
  • Uzès: the aquatic amusement park Bouscarasse is spread over 20 hectares of pools and buoy rides. This family orientated aquatic park is only 15 minutes away from the famous Pont du Gard, and five minutes away from Uzès, first Duchy of France.

 

Many railroad tracks sprawl across the countryside, with as many towering bridges and viaducts. Some are commissioned in the summer. At Vogüé, the Viaduct 07 tourist train will take you over 14 km of tracks; at Anduze, step aboard the Cévennes' steam train and its open panoramic carriages.

Païolive Wood (Les Vans)

Here, the erosion has carved a surrealistic ruin-like scenery out of the limestone mountain that was created some 150 million years ago. The vegetation is extremely diverse and is host to an abundant fauna including a variety of birds, amphibians, rodents and mammals. Equipped caves, dolmens, gallo-roman remains and castle ruins all testify to the continuous human occupation of the area. The hermitage of St Eugène, built in Païolive wood finds its origins in the 10th century and is still occupied today. Many marked and unmarked paths run through the woods and will enable you to discover all the remarkable aspects of this region.

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The Gorges de l'Ardèche

From Vallon Pont d'Arc to Saint Martin d'Ardèche, witness the dizzying heights and breathtaking views that make up these 35 km of the Gorges de l'Ardèche and that were listed as a natural reserve in 1980. The highlight of the visit is the Pont d'Arc, a superb arch with a 66 meter opening that was listed in 1980.

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The Ray Pic waterfalls (La cascade du Ray Pic)

The site of Ray-Pic is listed since 1931 and is marked by a water fall that cascades down from a height of 60 meters, right in the middle of basalt columns. The Ray Pic waterfalls are situated on road D 215 between Burzet and Lachamp Raphaël

Mont Gerbier des Joncs
This is the most famous volcanic dome of the region. A half hour walk will take you to its summit where you will be able to enjoy an exceptional view. The Loire River finds its source at the foot of Mont Gerbier des Joncs.

Cévennes' National Park (Parc National des Cévennes)

Cévennes' National Park is part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves and was officially created in 1970. It is the only French National Park that is established at mid-altitude ant therefore inhabited. In fact, it hosts an important permanent population. 41 000 people live in the peripheral regions and over 600 live in the central conservation zone. Because of this, the park is the theatre of research into natural and cultural heritage orientated eco-development conditions that earned it the title of "World Biosphere Reserve", given to it by UNESCO in 1985. The park hosts 50% of Frances fauna and flora on just 0.6% of the country's area; this is all yours to discover over 4000 km of walks or marked treks.

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