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The Blue Mountains
The Cévennes are spread out in plateaus covered with peat bogs. L 'Aigoual at 1567 meters and Mont Lozère at 1699 meters are the guardians. Sheep like to graze there. Birds nest there and hikers on foot, on mountain bikes or on horseback walk there. Deep ravines have carved out the Mediterranean side in valats. The schist is lacerated by ridges, or talons, which widen on the softer west side. The high valleys have an alpine allure with flowing waters rich in trout and grassy slopes dotted with apple trees. Between the Cevennes and the Mediterranean countries, the meadows of the sunny valleys rub shoulders with terraced crops (vines, olive trees, mulberry trees and lavender). This is where the former silkworms and spinning mills are most numerous. Choose the app all trails and discover the hikes around the camping.
Over the silk
Silkworm farming dates back to the 13th century. Its development in the Cévennes was under the reign of Henri IV, thanks to the agronomist Olivier de Serres and the nurseryman from Nîmes Traucat. It was from 1709 that the Cévennes chestnut grove, destroyed by a harsh winter, was replaced by the favorite dish of the silkworm: mulberry. Thus the era of the “golden tree” replaced that of the “breadfruit”. A know-how that spans the centuries. Although certain methods have evolved, sericulture has always been an important activity in the Cévennes with one of the most important silk production centers in the world.
For more than thirty years, the Soieries des Cévennes company has specialized in working with silk.
The artisan workshop, located in Monoblet in the Cévennes, is one of the few workshops in which, according to the local industrial tradition, we continue to knit silk jersey. Once knitted, the stitch passes delicately between the hands of the seamstresses. They make of them pleasant clothes of which you will appreciate the softness, the luster, the resistance, the smoothness and the insulating power provided by silk.
Anduze nestles in lush greenery, at the outlet of the Porte des Cévennes which opens onto the Gardons valleys
It is the last city of the plain and the very first of the mountains. Holidaymakers like to stroll there to dawdle in the markets. Or stroll between the fruit and vegetable stalls, buy the pélardons or succumb to the finesse of the glazed pottery. On the one hand, the small heritage such as the Clock Tower, the Protestant temple and the alleys of the old town attract curiosity. On the other hand, Anduze pottery is a must. The Music Museum with musical demonstrations, allows you to discover the multiplicity of techniques and sounds, is a surprise. The steam train that follows the railway line between Anduze, Générargues and Saint-Jean-Du-Gard is a Must. It passes through the famous bamboo grove of Prafrance. Then it follows or crosses the Gardons. It takes you to breathtaking landscapes.
The exotic park of the Bambouseraie is really very surprising in the Cévennes.
Created in 1885 by Eugène Mazel, who once went to the Far East to study mulberry trees and the cultivation of silkworms, this space is a true haven of peace and freshness. It combines nature and romanticism. The bamboo forest becomes in places a real jungle punctuated by bamboo, redwoods, palm trees, tulip trees and aquatic areas where you can observe Japanese carp.
The cave of Trabuc is the largest cave in the Cévennes
It was inhabited in the Neolithic period and served as a home for the Romans at the beginning of our era. During the wars of religion, camisards took refuge in its galleries with safe hiding places. Today we enter through an artificial corridor 40 meters long. Then you will discover the Gonget room. But also its large drapery in elephant ears which resonates like a musical instrument.
You will admire the gours, basins formed by calcite dams, the fistulas, colored flows of aragonite crystals ...
The surprise will be at its peak when you discover the remarkable underground landscape with the Hundred Thousand Soldiers, exceptional concretions formed in the gours, and which evoke the Great Wall of China.
The circus of Navacelles
It is the most prestigious site in the Vis valley. It is located between the Causses de Blandas and the Larzac. It presents itself as an immense and magnificent meander, deeply sunken, with almost vertiginous walls. Originally the Vis surrounded a small promontory then abandoned it, where the hamlet of Navacelles was established. From there you will visit Vissec, a lost place with a very unusual character. The cirque of Vissec, with the unobstructed view of the canyon, Navacelles, at an altitude of 325 meters, the Baume-Auriol with incredibly magnificent panoramas and the gorges of the Vis. There are many hiking departures and will offer you many opportunities for a change of scenery for a stay in complete harmony with the nature that surrounds you.
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