4-season Nature pole, proposing all kinds of outdoor activities from trecks and discovery circuits to geo-cache, VTT, trail and multi-activity tracks, visit the website
Observatory, last lived-in météological station in France. Worth the visit for the museum and woodland-associated history, the panoramas, the permanent and temporary exhibitions, the conferences and activities organised during the summer. At 35 km. visit the website
The Causse Noir plateau is surrounded by THREE rivers the Tarn, Dourbie and Jonte situated between 20 and 50 mins as well as a few other more discreet water points. As well as the magnificent views to get to them there are a number of activities possible: swimming, canooing, fishing, canyoning, hiking as well as climbing and via ferratta. Here are a few contacts:
La Barbote canoë and kayak at the Rozier on the Tarn and multi-activities (canyon, elastic jump)
L'Alternative canoë and kayak at the Rozier on the Tarn, and free concerts at the bar in July and August.
Roc et Canyon: canoë and kayak on the Dourbie and the Tarn and multi-activities (rafting, climbing, paint ball....)
Various equestrian experiences from being a cowboy in the Randals Bisons ranch, to horseridding or going out with a donkey:
Randals Bisons, Lanuéjols (7 min. or 4 km by foot) for a true Western experience, treks on the private estate of this large bison farm in July and Agusut, Visit the website.
Anatole Rando-Ane for an outing on donkey back, possible from Meyrueis (15 kms) for the day or as a trek, visit the website
Elevage Seranne near the Mt Aigoual, visit the website
Le Sonnac on the Causse Noir, visit the website
Millau with its famous viaduct is our nearest town, even if it is located in the Aveyron (and we in the Gard) 35 km (about 40 mins) with access to the A75 motorway 1h from Montpellier and 2h30 from Clermont-Ferrand.
It is a pleasant city, crossed by the Tarn river allowing a stroll or swim along the banks. The historic pedestrian center to enjoy the cool streets. A small shopping center in the center and many great food shops products good butchers, cheese makers including a large variety of Roquefort (the local cheese) in addition to a covered market i the centre and 2 outdoor markets a week (the biggest on Fridays) and a night market in summer.Today Millau is best known for its impressive and elegant viaduc which is a must. The information center gives you a spectacular view and traces its construction.
With its prehistoric origins Millau became more important under the Roman Empire thanks to the manufacture of ceramics that can be discovered at the archeology site of Graufesenque. In the 19th century Millau became one of the leading glove-making cities in the world, an activity which still exists today. The small and compact musée de Millau explains all these things very well. There are also several glove makers including the best known Causse-gantier
Millau has also become a city of outdoor activities and especially extreme sports, exploits, competition, music, very good atmosphere Les Natural Games. On a different note (!) Millau also hosts each year the wonderful open-air Jazz Festival
We are luckly to have a wide variety of things to do and see and different tourist offices which will inform you. However, this also means that you have to actively get the information in order to make the most of our region, not to miss anything and to organise your days.
Gard, on the Aigoual at the col de la Serreyrède (20 mins from Pradines) Offices de Tourisme Sud Cévennes
Lozère, Meyrueis (15 mins from Pradines) Office de Tourisme de Meyrueis
The Festival d'Opéra Grand Sud will launch it's 4th season this summer. Before the start of this new season, a few musical afternoons are scheduled. Check out the programme on the website
Millau Jazz Festival, mid-July 2017, not to be missed (Millau is only 35-40 mins away!). Other concerts are programmed all along the year, see the program on the website
Chamber Music Festival of the Larzac, early August, beautiful music, beautiful surroundings, great program, check the website
Whether it's the reintroduction of species, the raising of a totally new specy, a museum or an animal parc, there's lots to see:
Belvedere of Vultures, gorges of the Jonte (40 mins), visit the site
Przewalski Horse sanctuary, Causse Méjéan (50 mins), the last truly wild horse which became extinct in its natural enrironment in the '60s. Raising and returning them back to Mongolia, visit the site
Randals Bisons, at Lanuéjols (7 km), is a bison farm proposing visits of the bisons and their estate western style. It also has a restaurant serving bison meat and in July and August each Wednesday it has a western show with pen roping, visit the site
Micropolis, discover insects and their world in this city of insects museum 20 mins from Millau, visit the site
Reptilarium, on the Larzac à St Eulalie de Cernon, visit the site
La Couvertoirade, pretty medieval village classed one of the prettiest villages of france, ancient templar city in the middle of the Larzac plateau, at approx. 40 mins, visit the site
Museum of the old Caussenarde Farm, see how people lived and survived in this harsh and diffcult landscape. Situated in the pretty village of Hyelzas which overlooks the Gorge de la Jonte, visit the site
Château de Peyrelade, built on a rock overlooking the valley of the Tarn the castle was in the middle ages one of the most important fortresses of the Rouergue. The site is being restored for the last 30 years. Great activities and re-enlivements during July and August, visit the site
The geological richness of our region has given us some spectacular caves to discover the strange and fascinating underground world as well as impressive rock formations allowing for atypical walks:
La Grotte Dargilan, the pink cave, on the Causse Noir at 10 mins, the largest cave of the region with a great panorama from the terrace
L'Abîme de Bramabiau, resurgence of an underground river (15 mins) Visit the website
L'Aven Armand, on the Causse Méjéan (30 mins) Visit the website
LaGrotte des Demoiselles (close to Ganges, 1h30) Visit the website
La Cité des Pierres of Montpellier-le Vieux, (35 mins), very original circuit with amazing views in the largest rocky labyrinth of Europe, either by foot or with the small train with a commentary. On site there is also a via ferrata and a roc-climbing circuit for different ages visit the site
Chaos de Nîmes-le-Vieux (40 mins), more extraordinary rocky formations, less visited, but very atmospheric.
A great car circuit to visit various Templar villages and bases on the Causse du Larzac will bring you along beautiful villages and grand landscapes.
Possibility for an accompanied walk with a knowledgeable and passionate local guide, Parfum d'Aigoual.
You can also book your bikes from Frémyc, Meyrueis (15 kms) and La Cigale, Le Vigan which is further away but there is possibility to have the bikes delivered on site depending on the season.