The site is located at 80% in the Cevennes National Park, an area listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, and is among the highest points allowing for stargazing, at nightfall.
The second Cevennes summit after Mount Lozere, located on the town of Valleraugue, is an extraordinary site for the beauty of the landscapes it allows to embrace from the orientation table (no less than 13 departments), as well as its extreme climatic conditions (temperatures, gusts of wind, frost, snow, torrential rain, persistent fog).
The observatory inaugurated in 1894, after 7 years of construction, houses the last active mountain weather station in France. It is occupied day and night by the staff of Météo-France.
The observatory includes above all a museum of meteorology of the history of the Aigoual massif and its reforestation, accessible to all, with nearly 350 m2 of permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Visit the observatory with technicians from Météo France who present the science of meteorology through photos, videos, models, slideshows, instruments, games…
On site you have access to a parking lot for coaches and cars, a Snack-Bar and a gîte d’Etape de l’Aigoual.
Meteosite opening hours:
– From May to September, daily from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm
– From July 13 to August 25, daily from 10am to 7pm