Since 28 June 2011, more than 300.000 hectares of the Causses and the Cévennes stretching over the Hérault, the Gard, the Lozère and the Aveyron have been included on the Unesco World Heritage List as Mediterranean agro-pastoral cultural landscape. The universal role of agro-pastoralism shaping the landscapes for over millennia has thus been acknowledged. Agro-pastoralism is a millenary activity and the shepherd's passage of ages ago left historic footprints such as: 'Drailles' (Transhumance tracks to the summer pastures), 'Jasses' (Foldings for sheep and goats), 'Clapas' ( rock accumulations), 'Cazelles' (Dry stone cabins) and cheese caves.
One of the last places where summer transhumance is still carried out in the traditional way, using the 'drailles', is the Mont Lozère.
Around the classified site 5 'gate' towns are like welcoming boarding gates to this acknowledged cultural heritage. Alès is such a "gate" town.
Website of the Unesco
In 1957, Rachel Marais bought the estate of "Camping Cévennes-Provence". At that time it was no more than an old abandoned homestead. The owners developed the campsite with a view to conserving this agricultural heritage. Many "faïsses' are still visible, these terraces supported by stone walls are the remains of an agricultural model typical of the Cévennes. Next to the reception you can still see the 'clède à châtaignes' where the farmers used to dry and store their chestnuts. The top floor of the main house held the magnaneries where silkworms were bred. Today's owner Danielle is passionate about the long silkworm breeding tradition. She has her own mini-breeding that children can observe in May.
The reception and the grocery store are built in the former stables. When you look up you can admire its vaults. You can tie your horse next to the reception door, the old iron rings still exists!
The sundial up on the wall of the main farm house is a replica of the original.
The CAVE OF CHAUVET was discovered on 18 December 1994. This prehistoric cave in Vallon-Pont d'Arc became part of the UNESCO World heritage since 22 June 2014. It is extremely old, very well preserved and very richly decorated. These three features are rare to be observed in one cave.
It contains the best preserved and most abundant mural cultural heritage of the Aurignacien period, that goes back to 36 000 years. Its striking freshness and thousands of mural paintings make this cave of 400 metres and 8 500 m² the medium of the first important artistic expression we know of.
In order to save the cave from the mistakes that have deteriorated Lascaux's paintings, the Chauvet Cave will never be open to all people. "La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc" is open since 25 April 2015. It is a museum open to the public with a reconstruction of the cave of 3000 m² (the biggest in the world) representing all the mural paintings, the geological setting, the archaeological and paleontological heritage. It is flanked by a discovery centre where people can learn everything on the period 35 000 ago called Paleolithic with its fauna, flora and people.
Website of the grotte Chauvet
This service provider has worked with the campsite for many years.
This trained and skilled professional is passionate about our region. Nathalie at the reception will give you all information you need on this activity.
Buy your ticket at our reception and get a discount. We'll advise you on security and clothing instructions and explain you how to get there.