Sainte Croix Vallee Francaise is a small and picturesque French village, hidden in the midst of the Cevennes, in the Valley of Francs. Looking to relax and take it slow during your holidays? Discover the Cevenol style of life in Sainte Croix Vallee Francaise. In the summer, you can explore hidden swimming spots, take naps under the shade of chestnut trees, and dance at local concerts held outside. In the winter, take long hikes through the woods, appreciate the warmth of a fireplace, and the sweet taste of freshly grilled chestnuts.
The Valley of Francs
The valley of Francs, hidden in the midst of the Cevennes, has been sculpted through millions of years by the river Gardon of Sainte Croix. With its schist flanks, vibrant green chestnut groves, terraced gardens, tiny hamlets, and flocks of goats, the valley of Francs is a perfect spot to discover the authenticity of the Cevennes!
This valley also hides rich historical heritage: ancient silkworm nurseries (commonly known as “les magnaneries”), the hiding spots of freedom fighters (the Protestant Camisards and the World War II Maquisards), Romanesque churches, and numerous medieval castles.
The best way to discover the valley of Francs is through hiking trails that traverse its hidden treasures. Explore the freshness of chestnut groves and the magnificent views of rolling hills of the Cevennes by foot!
Top 5 things to do in Sainte Croix Vallee Francaise
> Find that perfect spot by the Gardon river for a picnic.
> Spend the day tasting local goat cheese at the traditional Pelardon Festival that takes place every year, on the first Sunday of May.
> Discover one of the interpretive trails in the area: (Biasses, La Roquette, Barre des Cévennes).
> Explore the world of local plants at the herbalist shop “Plante Infuse”.
> Immerse yourself into the vibrant local life at the Sunday morning farmers’ market.
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Must see and do…
The Farmers’ Market
Traveling in the area? Do not miss out on the vibrant local farmers’ market that takes place every Sunday morning in Sainte Croix Vallee Francaise! At the largest farmers’ market of the valley, you will surely find everything your heart desires: goat cheese, chestnut jam, fresh apple juice, trout, essential oils, local handicraft, and so much more.
The hidden treasure of Sainte Croix
The church of Sainte Croix Vallee Francaise is home to the grandiose painting “the Holy Family”, restored by Paul Chevandier de Valdrôme, a French neoclassical painter, a contemporary and friend of Chopin.
Hiking in the area
Looking to get back in touch with nature? Want to discover the magnificent views of the Cevennes? Here you will find hiking trails around Sainte Croix Vallee Francaise:
Carriere hiking trail
Discover the picturesque hamlets of the Cevennes, where the Maquis, French resistance fighters, hid during World War II.
St Roman hiking trail
Have your breath be taken away by the views from the top. Admire the valleys of Francs and of Borgne that stretch out below.
Castelviel hiking trail
Explore the Cevennes mountain tops with the Castelviel hiking trail. Admire the panoramic views of the Trabassac valley and the mount Aigoual.