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The Blue Mountains
The Cévennes unfold in plateaus covered with peat bogs. Aigoual at 1 meters and Mont Lozère at 567 meters are its guardians. The sheep like to graze there. Birds nest there and hikers on foot, mountain bike or horseback walk there. Deep ravines have dug the Mediterranean slope in valats. The shale is laced with ridges, or talons, which widen on the softer western side. The high valleys have an alpine look with whitewater rich in trout and grassy slopes dotted with apple trees. Between the Cévennes and the Mediterranean countries, the meadows of the sunny valleys rub shoulders with terraced crops (vineyards, olive trees, mulberry trees and lavender). This is where the old silkworm and spinning mills are most numerous.
Over the silk
Silkworm breeding dates back to the 13th century. Its growth in the Cévennes was under the reign of Henri IV, thanks to the agronomist Olivier de Serres and the Nîmes nurseryman Traucat. It was from 1 that the Cévennes chestnut grove, destroyed by a harsh winter, was replaced by the favorite dish of the silkworm: the mulberry. A know-how that crosses the centuries. Although some 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 company Soieries des Cévennes has specialized in the work of silk.
Anduze nestles in lush greenery, at the gateway to the Cévennes which opens onto the valleys of the Gardons. It is the last city of the plain and the very first of the mountains. Vacationers like to walk there to dawdle in the markets. The Clock Tower, the Protestant temple and the alleys of the old town attract curiosity. Anduze pottery is also a must. The Music Museum with musical demonstrations, allows you to discover the multiplicity of techniques and sounds. The steam train that follows the railway line between Anduze, Générargues and Saint-Jean-du-Gard is a must. It also passes through the famous bamboo grove, crosses the Gardons, and takes you through breathtaking landscapes.
The bamboo grove
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 real haven of peace and freshness. It combines nature and romanticism. The bamboo forest becomes in places a veritable jungle punctuated with bamboo, redwoods, palm trees, tulip trees and aquatic areas where you can observe Japanese carp.
The Trabuc cave
Trabuc is the largest cave in the Cévennes. It was inhabited in the Neolithic period and served as a residence for the Romans at the beginning of our era. During the wars of religion, camisards took refuge in its galleries. Today one enters it by 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, these basins formed by calcite dams, and the fistulae, colored flows of aragonite crystals...
The circus of Navacelles
It is the most prestigious site in the Vis valley. The Cirque de Navacelles is located between the Causses de Blandas and the Larzac. It looks like an immense and magnificent meander, deeply incised, 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 completely unusual character. The Cirque de Vissec, with an unobstructed view of the canyon. Navacelles, 325 meters above sea level, 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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