A real gateway to the High Cevennes at the foot of Mont-Lozère, the Château de Portes is located on the outskirts of the Cevennes National Park listed in June 2011 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and defies over 10 centuries of history.
The Castle of Portes offers a breathtaking view at 32 meters high on the surrounding valleys and many opportunities to hike around.
Mixing a medieval fortress and a Renaissance bastion, the Castle has undergone many successive phases of construction since the 11th century.
About 1700, the construction of a spur forming a 42° angle gives the building a spectacular architecture in the shape of a ship’s prow atypical and unique in Europe, which earned it the nickname “Ship of the Cevennes”.
Following the intensive exploitation of coal mines during the war, the land collapsed causing the ruin of the castle cracked at its base, evacuated in 1929.
Around 1960, the holes were filled in under the castle, stabilizing it. Its restoration was undertaken from 1972 by the Association “Renaissance of the Castle of Portes”. Every year dozens of volunteers, from all over Europe, lovers of heritage, give their time and passion to restore it.