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Discover the local way of life and the mild climate of the Cevennes

Come to the Cevennes to escape the fast-pace of city life. Enjoy the Mediterranean climate of the valleys and the diversity of micro-climates that these rolling hills have to offer. You will find here turquoise rivers and mountain streams twisting and turning between green mountain flanks and magnificent views. Dare to slow your pace and discover the soothing simplicity of our region!

In the land of infinite horizons

The blue crests of the Cevennes

Discover the shade of chestnut tree and green oak groves that coexist on the curves of these shale valleys. Far from the bustle of cities, dare to slow your pace in the Cevennes. Like a comforting cocoon, these valleys offer both tranquility and adventure! Wild forests, crystal clear rivers, farmers’ markets, joyful festivities, and inspiring heritage… For your holidays, escape to this wild and secret territory!

photo credit : © O. Prohin – PNC

In the kingdom of the bread tree

The majesty of chestnut trees

In the Cevennes, the chestnut tree, also known as “the bread tree”, is king. For centuries, chestnuts were the staple of local diet, preserving the population from famine. Chestnuts are still cultivated today by our local producers. To learn more about chestnut production, you can visit local chestnut farms in the summer or take a walk through the chestnut orchard by following the Espinas interpretative trail.

photo credit : © Thierry Vezon

Along the royal route

The many shades of green and blue on the Corniche

The “Corniche des Cevennes” is an ancient royal route that linked Nimes to Saint Flour. The king ordered its construction for the royal troops to move freely during the Protestant wars. Travel along the route, from Florac to Saint Jean du Gard, and discover the magnificent panoramic views of the Cevennes.

The musts of Corniche des Cevennes:

> The village of Saint Laurent de Treves and its dinosaur footprints.
> The panoramic view from the village of Le Pompidou of the famous field of l’Aultre. While in Pompidou, take a 2 hour hike along the Vallon de Saint Flour trail and visit the roman church of Saint Flour.