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In Occitania, between wild nature, culture and heritage, the Gard department is an exceptional treasure in the south of France.
From the Cévennes to the Camargue, the Gard is a territory with a thousand facets. Causses, scrubland, pine forests, ponds and wetlands can be discovered by visitors as they explore. Here, heritage is particularly highlighted. A real historical wealth to discover in a breathtaking natural setting.
The essentials of the Gard department
In the Gard, nature offers a great spectacle. Do not miss the circus of Navacelles in the Cévennes, the Mont-Aigoual, the magical landscapes of the Camargue, Aigues-Mortes, or the magnificent Gardon Gorge. In terms of heritage, the ancient remains are to be discovered absolutely. Treat yourself to the pleasure of a ride aboard the Cévennes steam train. A true enchanted parenthesis.
Remarkable natural sites
The Gard is a territory of extraordinary geological and environmental diversity. The Causses and the Cévennes are a natural gem. The natural reserves of Combe Chaude, Scamandre or the Gorges du Gardon are also to be discovered. Underground, the caves of Trabuc, Cocalière or even the abyss of Bramabiau offer unique sensations in the depths. South, the Camargue offers breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable sunsets.
In the Gard, and mainly in the Camargue Gardoise, the horse holds a special place in the hearts of the inhabitants. The herds are ideal for exploring on horseback the daily life of the gardians. But the passion for the horse is also lived on the Causses and in the Cévennes forests. Sure, hiking and mountain biking are sports popular with visitors. The multitude of marked trails make this department a perfect site for the practice of these sports. The rivers are the occasion for a canoe trip.
Perhaps the most famous of the historical sites in the Gard is Gard's Bridge. But the iconic aqueduct is not the only UNESCO listed site. The abbey church of Saint-Gilles can also be proud of the prestigious title. And the territory has many other ancient and medieval sites. In Nîmes, the Porte d'Auguste, the Magne Tower, the Temple of Diana, the arena and the square house fascinate young and old. In Laudun l'Ardoise, the Camp de César is an important Gallo-Roman oppidum. In the villages, the Romanesque churches and chapels, just like the country houses, amaze holidaymakers.