The village is made up of several little hamlets and is surrounded by vineyards. Interesting history of a monastery where the monks created and worked the vineyards and were builders. Remains of the monastery can be seen in the old cemetery.
The village backs up to a hillside on the north. You will see the castle of which the pigeonloft, built over arches, is listed among the remarkable heritage sites, the church and the winding streets of the town center.
On a hill overlooking the village is the Roc de Gachone. There you will see the remains of three windmills and the site of Guilhem de Nogaret’s castle. Beautiful view over the plain all the way to the sea. During the 17th and 18th centuries the Vaunage region was the setting for constant strife between the Catholics and the Protestants. In Calvisson you will see the Protestant church with its classical architecture, the impressive Roman Catholic Church, narrow streets with shops and elegant private homes. Don’t miss the quilt museum la-maison-du-boutis.fr and VINOPANORAMA.
Cannes et Clairan
After the french revolution, in 1790, the small villages Cannes and Clairan were put together in one bigger village. Near to the Cevennes, Cannes et Clairan are very good starting points for hiking and walking in the area.
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Walk along the narrow village streets looking for remains of its medieval past. On one of the town squares you will see an old republican pillar next to a charming baroque fountain. The village backs up to the Bois des Lens woods and has a very pleasant environment.
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The original medieval design of the village can still be seen in the old town centre. During the18th century Congénies was home to people practicing three different religions including Quakerism. Congénies was home in the eighteenth century to a group of independent thinkers called “les inspirés” (the inspiredones) who after a visit to Quakers in London, founded the first Quaker meeting in France. Non-conformism was the majority religion in the villages around Nimes at that time.
The original village lies on a hill with houses grouped around the Romanesque church. In the 19th century a new section developed along the road to Alès where there were taverns and post houses.
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Located on both sides of the main road to Alès, the village is made up of several units. There is the main village with houses built in the traditional southern France style grouped around the castle and the church. Then there are several large farmhouses in the middle of the vineyards and the hamlet of Pondres with its magnificent Renaissance castle and grounds. Not far from Fontanes is Notre Dame de Prime Combe, a hermitage which has attracted pilgrims since the Middle Ages.
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This village is famous for its old stone quarries. Ever since the middle ages the quarrymen have patiently extracted the material needed to build houses. The quarry with its dramatic cuts and different levels provides a sumptuous setting for cultural events during the summer season. The original medieval part of the village is surrounded by ramparts. In the more recent quarter the visitor will see the Protestant Church and, here and there, stone works of art which were created during the “Rencontres de la Pierre” (Stone encounters) which take place in Junas on the first weekend in July.
This charming village is perched on a rocky point overlooking the Vidourle river. Remains of its ramparts tell us of its medieval past. Walk through the town’s narrow streets and take the stone stairway down to the banks of the river.
On the top of the hill the ruins of an old chapel overhang the ancient roman water tank and the medieval castle. Every second Thursday in August takes place a traditionnal market with local products.
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Perched on a hilltop, this village has a central core with buildings grouped around the feudal castle.
Notice the cobblestone streets, the remains of the old ramparts and a gate to the fortified village. As you walk around the village, you have a view over the vineyards, the woods and the garrigue.
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The village is located below the woods called le Bois de Paris which owes its name to an ancient Gallic wall the remains of which can be found in the woods. Mainly an agricultural village, it was built around a small castle and had such activities as grain mills, oil mills, sheepherding. It was located on a sheep trail between the Cévennes mountains and the sea.
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In the village there is an imposing 18th century castle. Along the Vidourle riverbank is an open air washing-place which reminds us of the washer women of the old days. To the north of the village one can see a Spanish colonial-style temple nestled in the greenery.
Before arriving in the village coming from Sommières you will see on a hill to your left the Romanesque chapel of St Julien de Montredon which is a perfect example of Languedoc Romanesque architecture.
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Built between the roman bridge and the castle, Sommières is located on a major road from the Cévennes to the Mediterranean Sea. The city became important during the medieval ages and until nowadays Sommières is an unavoidable place in the region. One of the most important monuments
is the roman bridge. In the heart of the old town, you can find houses with rich architecture, they are like witnesses from the rich past of Sommières. Its fascinating and exciting history contributed to form the character of the inhabitants, so did the river floods called “Vidourlades”, which are another important part of Sommières life.
Park in the car park at the beginning of the village. Walk to the ruins of the once lovely St André chapel built in the 12th century and now surrounded by vineyards. In the village center, stroll along the streets which made up this circulade, a clever circular system of urban planning. This system provided protection for the core of the village where the castle and the church were located.
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The town and its magnificent castle overlook the Vidourle river plain. Villevieille has a remarkable archeological heritage. A recent archeological dig, near the present town hall, revealed remains of a Roman town dating from the 1st century AD. Don’t leave without visiting the Château de Villevieille ! chateau-de-villevieille.fr
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