Cevennes and the Grands Causses naturally !
Unlimited nature in the Cevennes and on the Grands Causses; a rugged region in the south of France.
The Cevennes are a region and a area of mountains in the South of France. It covers most of the department of Lozère and smaller parts of the departments of Hérault and Gard in the Languedoc-Roussillon region (Occitania).
The Cevennes are a rugged region with a lot of relief, deep valleys and mountain ridges. It stretches to the north-east of the Cevennes 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 Cevennes and Grands Causses, full of nature
The mountains of the Cevennes
The Cevennes 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 Cevennes but it offers an unforgettable view. From the top you not only have a view of the Cevennes, 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 Cevennes are the ideal region
The rugged and varied landscape makes the Cevennes 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 Cevennes.
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 Cevennes are not the highest in France, but they are steep, which makes a hike or bike ride quite intensive.
The Cevennes became famous among hikers thanks to the Chemin de Stevenson, named after the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson who crossed the Cevennes 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 Cevennes” 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.
Heaps of information about the region available to make your holiday a success
Our Info Guide offers a lot of information about the Cévennes.
Do you want to know more about the geography of the Cévennes, or do you want historical information about this particular region?
You’ll find it all in the digital Info Guide.
But you will also find beautiful hiking and cycling routes. A very practical source of information to make the most of your holiday in the Cevennes.
You will receive the Info Guide well before your arrival.
Our digital Info Guide is the shortcut to a relaxing holiday, as it contains information such as good restaurants, places to swim under waterfalls, tips for day trips and more...... This guide can be put as an app on your smartphone or tablet at the touch of a button. With a handy search function!