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Some castles to storm... in the Cévennes


At less than 30 minutes from "Camping Cévennes-Provence"

The château de Saint Jean du Gard

This castle is entirely furnished with period style furniture, the owners organize guided tours. This residence of the lords of Saint Jean was burned down by the royal troops, rebuilt during the 16th century and extended during the 17th century. Famous figures have stayed within its walls: The Marshal of Thoiras, the Duke of Rohan, the Duke of Basville (Intendant of the Languedoc), the Count of Broglie, The Duke of Noailles, the Marshal of Montrevel, the Marshal of Villars. Even if the castle has a secular history, it was linked to the French Wars of religion that marked the Cévennes region in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Visits on appointment. Telephone number: +00 33 6 03 99 53 86

Webpage on the Château de St Jean-du-Gard

 

 

 

Le château de Tornac

The Castle of Tornac (11th and 12th century) overhangs the north bank of the Gardon d'Anduze on a very strategical place from where the entrance of Anduze and the Cévennes could be protected. From here you have a unique panoramic view over Anduze and the Tornac Vineyard, which produces organic wine on more than 200 hectares, its name getting more and more renowned.

Free access, not fitted out - dogs allowed.

Website of Château de Tornac

 

Le château du Castellas in Saint-Bonnet-de-Salendrinque

This remarkable building stands above the Salendrinque, a branch of the Gardon de Saint-Jean-du-Gard river. This elegant castle of natural stone is half medieval, half Renaissance and has been entirely restored. The Chateau du Castellas was owned by the powerful family of Anduze. A tour in this castle full of history feels like travelling back in time.

Visits on appointment. Telephone number: +33 4 66 85 44 60

Website of château du Castellas in Saint-Bonnet-de-Salendrinque

 

At less than 1 hour from "Camping Cévennes-Provence"

Le Pont du Gard

Logo of the Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard is an aqueduct bridge, a masterpiece of ancient Roman architecture and one of the most beautiful Roman constructions of the region. The Pont du Gard is an outstanding architectural masterpiece and one of the world's best preserved Roman vestiges. It has a very rich history and inspired many artists. Since 1985 the Pont du Gard has been included on the Unesco World heritage list.

The site of the Pont du Gard offers many tourist activities: The "Ludo", museum for children from 5 to 12 years where several themes are presented, The Museum, a 2500m² exhibition on Pont du Gard, Mémoire de Garrigue, an exhibition of 15 hectares of restored agricultural farmland, hiking tracks, the resource centre, guided tours. As you can see, a full day is necessary if you want to visit and experience it all, especially if you want to alternate culture and water fun in the Gardon.

Open all year - dogs allowed outside, but not in the museum.

 

Website of the Pont du Gard

 

 

Le château de Portes

Logo of the Château de Portes

The Château de Portes is a castle located in Portes (Gard département). It overlooks the Regordane, an ancient avenue used by the pilgrims of Saint-Giles and the Croisés on their way towards the Holy Land The castle is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture. The castle has a singular architectural style among castles in Europe because of its 49 degree spurs in the shape of a ship’s bow, which earned the castle its nickname of a vessel in the Cévennes.

Portes village is located near the National Parc of the Cévennes, an Unesco World Heritage site...

Open from April 1st to September 30th.

 

Le château de Portes

 

Day trips

Château d'Aujac and Hameau du Cheylard

During the 12th century the Cheylard d'Aujac has been built in the valley of the Cèze on an outcrop close to Mont Lozère as a symbol of the double power of the Bishop of Uzès and de Family of Anduze. It lies at 600m altitude at the crossroads of today's departments the Gard, the Lozère and the Ardèche on an exceptional site of great natural beauty, towering the surrounding areas. Standing high on its promontory it's the last intact castle of a network of fortifications along a route that already existed in the middle ages. A fortified medieval village including a farm, dovecote, sheepfold, a chestnut drying building and chapel will be built behind the castle's protective ramparts.

This hamlet of Cheylard was restored and like in the old days it serves the castle's occupants. A home for craftspeople and the central place for permanent summer entertainment with an audiovisual room, medieval shop, museum, booths and restaurant.

Inscribed on the list of "monuments historiques". By protecting and restoring the castle with its hamlet, the magnificent architectural homogeneity has been preserved, which is rare. People have lived here until today and scientific and restoration research is being conducted.

Open from February to November

Website of Chateau d'Aujac