The Cévennes naturally !
Unlimited nature in the Cévennes and on the Grands Causses; a rugged region in the south of France.
The Cévennes are a rugged region with a lot of relief, deep valleys and mountain ridges. It stretches to the north-east of the Cévennes in the Vivarais to the west, near the magnificent plateaus of the Grands Causses..
Mountains, valleys, rivers and plateaus
The once flat Causses have been deeply eroded by water and time created its Gorges (canyons) such as the Gorges du Tarn and the Gorges de la Jonte. In the Gorges de la Jonte, vultures have been successfully reintroduced and can now be admired again in all their glory. Truly impressive !
The Grand Causses
The Causses and the Cévennes are two neighbouring territories which together form the “Mediterranean agro-pastoral cultural landscape”. Sheep and shepherds have left their traces, and chestnuts and silk were grown here. In early summer, farmers still bring their sheep here to the high pastures during the transhumance.
National Park of the Cévennes and Grands Causses, full of nature
In 2011, the Cévennes and the Grands Causses have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most important nature reserve in the Cévennes is the Cévennes National Park. The highest mountains are Mont Lozère and Mont Aigoual (1702 m and 1567 m), which are both part of the Massif Central.
The mountains of the Cévennes
The Cévennes have two impressive granite stone massifs: Mont Lozère and Mont Aigoual, which are both part of the Massif Central.
Mont Aigoual with its 1567 metres is not the highest mountain in the Cévennes but it offers an unforgettable view. From the top you not only have a view of the Cévennes, but when the weather is clear you can see the peaks of the Pyrenees, the Alps and the Cantal. If you look south, you can see the beautiful blue of the Mediterranean Sea and the plains of the Languedoc. It is said that from Mont Aigoual you can see a quarter of France. This panorama of Mont Aigoual is very special, with its rugged nature.
Walking or cycling holidays in the South of France; the Cévennes are the ideal region
The rugged and varied landscape makes the Cévennes an ideal region for hikers, cyclists and lovers of nature and tranquillity. Although they are not high mountains, the differences in altitude can be considerable. Mountains, valleys and picturesque villages mark the varied character of the Cévennes.
All the melt water forms numerous streams and waterfalls on the slopes. The paths used by the sheep, called drailles, are still used for the many GR hiking trails. The mountains of the Cévennes are not the highest in France, but they are steep, which makes a hike or bike ride quite intensive.
The Cévennes became famous among hikers thanks to the Chemin de Stevenson, named after the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson who crossed the Cévennes on foot with his donkey Modestine. Twelve days later, he arrived in St Jean du Gard. His travel diary: “Voyage avec un âne à travers les Cévennes” was published in 1879. Later it became the GR 70 Stevenson.
Cycling is also a popular way to conquer the mountains. A challenge for the ambitious cyclist.