A completely new attraction has opened its doors in Château Fort at Sommières. Visitors can learn about the history of the site and the town in an entertaining and interactive manner and the content is adapted to suit all audiences, even the very young. A unique display immerses the visitor in a timeless universe! Lose yourself in the story and allow yourself to be guided by your emotions…
Open as of June, admission fees apply.
Vinopanorama 27 centuries of wine history
Discover frescoes, the enclosed vineyard and the museographic space: three rooms to immerse yourself in the History of Wine!
In 1970, the discovery of fragments of Etruscan amphorae from the 7th century BC confirmed that wine has been drunk in Calvisson since ancient times. This major find encouraged the establishment of an ‘oenopole’ dedicated to the history and local traditions under the scientific supervision of researchers and universities.
Vinopanorama is an interpretation centre that is free and accessible to everyone and open all year round. Discover: the outdoor areas along the green avenue that are freely accessible every day, a wall featuring a timeline spanning 27 centuries of history and depicting the different civilisations in nine paintings and the enclosed vineyard, a fun area that features the vines cultivated in the region and games etc. The museographic space inside the old barrel cellars (during the cellar’s opening hours) awakens the senses during a voyage through the world of wine.
La Maison du Boutis
A large collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century ’boutis’—Provençal quilting—forming the first ‘museum’ to display the needlework techniques of Lower Occitania. It brings back this forgotten traditional art and shows its full popular and cultural dimension.
A medieval tradition, the art of quilting was used by the greatest embroiderers with links with the ‘Maisons Royales’ and ‘Manufactures’ producing luxury items to order. The most talented designers created models with incredible balance. The motifs taken from the decorative arts in fashion were inspired by legends and historical events as the cloth served as ‘writing’, and also plants and ‘Indian’ patterns (after cloth imported from the East Indies or reproduced in ‘Indian style’).
Three Windmills on Roc de Gachone
Three windmills built at the top of the Roc de Gachone, are a wonderful reason for a very pleasant walk in the scrubland.
A must-see, for the top of the Roc de Gachone which peaks at 167 meters provides magnificent views over the plain.
Here you will find three windmills, and the base of a fourth which was damaged during a storm in 1838.
One windmill, repaired in 1928, has an orientation table.
The pointed windmill is called the “Signal de Cassini”. The third has recently been consolidated.
There is also a fitness trail.
From the top you have a panoramic view and an orientation table.
Les carrières du Bon Temps
A grandiose, magical site forged by over 2000 years of rock extraction using manual operations that have not changed over time. Curiosity and amazement combine with the peace and quiet of this magnificent space, where man worked for centuries and nature has now taken back over. This is an ideal space for a family outing in the Gard. Adults discover an impressive, interesting setting and children find it an infinite playground!
The site was rehabilitated in 1987 by a small group of villagers who organized in the Association les Carrières du Bon Temps. Many festivities take place here including a well-known annual jazz festival entitled the “Jazz à Junas” festival in July. Also, since 1988, JUNAS has been holding annual meetings on stone, known as the Rencontres de la Pierre where for the past 24 years many different types of interest in stone gather to discuss history, techniques and expertise of the fascinating trades related to stone. The marked trails here provide magnificent hikes and walks, and strong cultural heritage amidst magnificent views.
Home to a Jazz festival in July www.jazzajunas.fr
GALLARGUES LE MONTUEUX
A curiosity not to be missed: Chappe’s télégraph
In 1792, the French engineer proposed to the Legislative Assembly a communication system based on the transmission of messages between stations spaced ten km apart and located in elevated positions.
The messages consisted of a series of semaphore signals read using a telescope from the previous tower, which were reproduced to be read by the next tower and so on. Thanks to this process the messages only took a few minutes to reach the other side of the territory. In 1794, Claude Chappe successfully sent the first messages between Lille and Paris. The Royal Tower of Gallargues (Tour Royale de Gallargues) served as a telegraph tower from 1832 to 1853.
Another attraction not to be missed is the Post and Telecoms Museum (Musée des PTT), which displays a very fine collection of all kinds of communication tools. 04 66 35 02 91. http://www.gallargues.fr/