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The Cévennes - The Pic de Saint Loup

Just 30 minutes from Montpellier, discover a welcome change of scenery during your stay in the upper Hérault valley near the Pic St Loup.

The southern mountain region between Montpellier and Ganges is an ideal spot for walking, where you can savour the fragrance of the Mediterranean scrubland or enjoy sports activities in a well preserved natural setting. Discover the area's cultural heritage, its traditional villages, the wines from the Pic St Loup and all the flavour of a very distinctive area.

Enjoy an excellent walk in a breathtaking landscape

  • The cliffs of the Pic St Loup with its remarkable peak and its north face
  • The Hérault river gorges between the villages of Ganges and Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
  • The Vis river gorges between the garrigue (Mediterranean scrubland), the Cévennes and the Grands Causses
  • The Grotte des demoiselles, an astonishing underground "cathedral"
  • The Petits Causses: the Orthus opposite the Pic Saint Loup, the Thaurac plateau and the Puech des Mourgues

Discover the area's history through number of "must see" trips as a family

  • Charming villages
  • Saint-Martin-de-Londres, its Romanesque church and its "claustre" (an enclosed area including the church, a square, a presbytery, a cemetery and several homes)
  • Saint-Jean-de-Buèges and its castle
  • Les Matelles
  • Brissac or Laroque and their well-preserved mediaeval areas
  • Assas and its 18th century castle
  • The town of Ganges and its water wheels
  • The prehistoric village of Cambous
  • The Chemin des Verriers (glassmakers' trail) and the Claret Halle du Verre (glass hall)
  • The secret valleys of the Buèges and the Vis
  • Numerous cultural and culinary attractions from spring through to autumn

Exciting activities in a well preserved natural setting

  • Canoeing down the river Hérault
  • Climbing internationally renowned cliffs: Saint Bauzille de Montmel and Thaurac, Claret
  • Flying over the Pic Saint Loup by glider, or the Séranne by hang glider. Both offer truly unforgettable experiences

photo Jacques DEBRU droit web jusq OCT 2010

Useful addresses and simple pleasures

For all lovers of fine food and fine wine

  • The market in Ganges held on Friday mornings will delight your taste buds with delicious local products including: pélardons (cheese), honey, and olives.
  • Products covered by an AOC ( a French quality label ) from the Pic St Loup area, the fruit of the local rocks and sunshine, all capture the delicious spirit of this wild yet fragrant land.

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