This year, the Cévennes National Park is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It's time to (re) discover this unique place in France, where the spirit and the magic of the great outdoors breathe. Hiking, heritage of character, sublime landscapes, activities and local gastronomy with authentic flavors… The Cévennes National Park invites you to vacation out of the ordinary between Lozère, Gard and Ardèche. To support you, the Routard publishes a guide entirely devoted to the Cévennes National Park available in bookstores. Let's go !
The Cévennes National Park: an evergreen quinqua!
Straddling Lozère, Gard and Ardèche, the Cévennes national park, which this year celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its creation, has been awarded twice by theUnesco as a Biosphere Reserve, for the particular balance between man and nature, and as a Property inscribed on the World Heritage List for the cultural landscapes of agro-pastoralism of the Causses and Cévennes. This shows how much this is an exceptional territory!
The Cévennes invite to a real immersion in a protected and generous nature, varied landscapes, natural or shaped by man, breathtaking. It is above all a nature destination based on ecotourism values. A stay in the Cévennes National Park is synonymous with meeting and sharing with men and women deeply attached to their land, their culture and their know-how. Moreover, environmentally friendly products and services are promoted by the Esprit Parc national brand.
Since the corniche of the Cévennes until Gorges du Tarn, on the causses or at summit of Aigoual, In the Cèze valley or on the mount lozere, this mid-mountain national park captivates travelers who love the great outdoors. It is ideally discovered through hikes, visits and encounters throughout the seasons, colors and local flavors. And even at night since the Park obtained in 2018 the label " International Dark Sky Reserve ”For the exceptional quality of its sky!
For walkers, the National Park is crisscrossed by beautiful hiking trails including the famous GR 70, the Stevenson trail. Truly superb walks to do with or without a donkey ... Small hiking trails also allow you to admire the richness of biodiversity, such as the majestic flight of vultures over the mountains. Gorges du Tarn from the “Baousse del Biel” path.
For accommodation, many lodges and guest rooms await you for a well-deserved rest. And why not go to the thermal spa of Bagnols-les-Bains ? Already in Roman times, its water was known and exploited for its therapeutic and relaxing properties.
It is also an ideal destination for families. For children, around thirty discovery trails allow them to better approach nature without getting too tired. Another must: the small steam train of the Cévennes from Anduze, a small medieval town renowned for its famous flamed vases. The opportunity to go to The Bambouseraie of Générargues. This unique and singular botanical garden, classified among the most beautiful gardens in France, has over 1 varieties of bamboo and will transport you to Asia.
The Cévennes are also a land of refuge with a very strong history and identity, linked to those of the Protestants. Many sites and museums bear witness to this, such as desert museum in Mialet. Also essential Museum of the Cévennes valleys in Saint-Jean-du-Gard, installed in a former silk mill to better understand the identity and the Cévennes culture or the Silk museum in Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort.
Other formidable witnesses of the past not to be missed: the medieval castles, such as those of Saint-Germain-de-Calberte, ofAujac, Tournel or Doors. Art lovers will be delighted by the Land art course "Les Balcons de l'Aigoual", Domaine des Boissets near Sainte-Énimie, or even the Villaret valley on Mont Lozère.
Side festivities, do not miss the famous equestrian endurance race of 160 km from Florac or the effervescence of transhumance in Espérou when thousands of sheep join the high pastures. You will find all the information on the activities to do in the Park (entertainment program, maps ...) at the Tourist Office and Park in Florac Trois-Rivières.
Before leaving, stock up on fresh and healthy local products on the market stalls or skillfully cooked by local restaurateurs. Among the local delicacies: the pélardon, the oldest goat cheese or the chestnut from the breadfruit tree of the Cévennes valleys.
New! A Backpacker dedicated to the Cévennes National Park
In this new comprehensive 128-page guide, find all the information you need to explore the magnificent Cé National Park All the tips to make the most of your stay All our c & oelig favorites Carefully selected addresses Surprising anecdotes
- A detachable map to locate you in the blink of an eye.
5 favorites in the Cévennes National Park
- Between the Luech valley and the Long valley, put your eyes on the crest road (the D35). Without forgetting to stop at the hamlet of Espinas to marvel at the dry stone constructions. Quite an art!
- Put on good walking shoes, slip the binoculars into your bag, open your ears and eyes wide, and set off with a National Park officer in the tracks of the beaver, to discover an arboretum ... Unless you prefer a night out for " listen »to animals at night, observe the activity of nature at dusk or admire an exceptional starry sky.
- Near Berrias-et-Casteljau, take a walk in the almost supernatural universe of rocky and wooded labyrinth of Païolive, an exceptional site.
- On Aigoual, take a family walk on the mouflon discovery trail, the eye on the watch, in case this distant cousin of the sheep makes an appearance. And if the animal persists in staying out of your sight, the sublime panorama offered by this walk will certainly console you.
- Stock up on good products from a local producer : honey, pélardon, jams, chestnuts ... In this guide you will find all the producers with the Esprit National Park label.
And many others to find in the guide!
Find all the tips and addresses in the Routard Cévennes National Park, 128 pages. Price: € 5,90