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In the north of the destination, a charming region of nature and heritage

In the foothills of Mont-Lozère, from the Vallée Longue de la Grand’Combe and the Vallée du Galeizon to Génolhac, the panoramas here are breathtaking. This area, which lies in the heart of the Cévennes National Park, is an ideal place for discovery and relaxation. There’s no shortage of heritage sites (châteaux de Portes and d’Aujac, Maison du mineur…), hiking trails or good local food!


Along the Régordane route

An ancient cart track, the “Route des Arvernes” linking Nîmes to Gergovie (today Clermont-Ferrand) in Gallo-Roman times, was for a long time an essential communications axis, before becoming a “sentier de Grande Randonnée”. Communications in this “Reliefs Cévenols” region, between Génolhac and Alès (and beyond to Vézénobres) via Portes, were largely organized around it.

From Alès or La Grand Combe, a first stop would be the unmissable château de Portes: its spur, dominated by a watchtower, is impressive.

By the départementale on the way to Génolhac, Chamborigaud can be another stopover. The viaduc du Luech is a well-known structure on this railroad line, still in operation, between Alès and Langogne called “Le Cévenol”.

Further on, successively, the clochers of Génolhac and Concoules stand out. Génolhac’s Romanesque church, flanked by an 11th-century tower, is marked by its “comb” steeple. Tiny alleyways and vaulted passageways add to the charm of this medieval village.

From Génolhac, you can reach Mont Lozère and Mas de la Barque. This nature (and ski) resort, dominated by the Rocher de l’Aigle and Pic Cassini, is one of the highest points on Mont Lozère, at 1,680 m. altitude.

The Galeizon valley

Leaving Alès to the west towards Saint-Paul-la-Coste, the discreet Galeizon valley comes into view.

In September 2018, the Galeizon river received a double label: that of “Rivière en bon état” and “Sites Rivières Sauvages”. The aim of these distinctions is to protect the entire river ecosystem, it’s also an enhancement of an involved territory. The quality of the water in this river makes it an exceptional site and a privileged refuge for wildlife… All the more reason, when you’re there, to encourage the efforts made to preserve this exceptional site.

This part of the territory is the subject of various inventories within the framework of Natura 2000.

The Natura 2000 site of the Galeizon valley concerns the river’s watershed, covering 8637 ha of territory, for 16 habitats and 18 species of community interest.

The Auzonnet valley

Welcome to the Auzonnet valley, nested north of Alès, between Les Mages and Portes. A true concentrate of the Cévennes, this valley is steeped in charm and history. In the heart of it, you’ll discover three magnificent villages: Saint-Jean-de-Valériscle, Saint-Florent-sur-Auzonnet and Le Martinet.

Saint-Jean-de-Valériscle is a medieval village that will captivate visitors with its musée des Blasons, where you’ll delve into the heraldic heritage of not only the region but all of France. You can then stroll through its picturesque streets and discover a charming Romanesque church that adds a touch of authenticity to this locality. Here, the banks of the Auzonnet are accessible and peaceful.

Explore the surrounding area and set course for Saint-Florent-sur-Auzonnet. Enjoy the benefits of the surrounding countryside as you indulge insoothing hikes and sample the delicacies of the local terroir. The charm of this peaceful destination is accentuated by a pleasant square adorned with a fountain and a beautiful church. As for sports enthusiasts, they’ll have the opportunity to enjoy themselves on the tennis court located in the heart of the village!

Le Martinet is a Cevennes village marked by its mining past. Although those days are gone,the spirit of solidarity and friendship endures among its inhabitants. You’ll be touched by the authenticity and the warm welcome of this place that has managed to preserve its roots.

The plus:

Hikers can reach the summit of Mont Rouvergue, offering an exceptional panorama overlooking both the Auzonnet valley and the Cévennes of Gard and Lozère.

Cévennes National Park

As you head up towards Mont-Lozère, a wild and unspoilt nature awaits you. The Parc national des Cévennes protects and enhances the biodiversity of these areas and showcases a rich landscape and cultural heritage. Here, vacations are “100% nature”: outdoor sports, hiking or simply strolling, the sumptuous landscapes are a sight to behold!

This takes us into an area listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for its “cultural landscapes of Mediterranean agropastoralism”.


A charming medieval town

At the foot of Mont Lozère lies Génolhac, a thousand-year-old medieval town nestled in the heart of the forests of the Parc National des Cévennes.

It’s a great place to stop for a bite to eat, or simply to stroll through the old town center. You’ll discover everything the town has to offer, from the flavor of its stalls to the quality of its hiking trails, not to mention the history inscribed in its alleyways. You can also discover the agropastoral heritage that earned the area its UNESCO World Heritage listing in 2011.

Maison du Tourisme et du Parc

As well as providing essential tourist information and suggestions for guided tours and hikes, the Maison du Tourisme et du Parc offers occasional exhibitions and a store.

Don’t miss the Saturday local market!

All its producers come to share their quality products with you. Pélardons, honeys, charcuteries, olives… all the flavours of the Cévennes are offered to your taste buds.

1 day in Génolhac

Find all our tips and good plans for discovering Génolhac, a medieval town, for a day.

Between narrow streets, thousand-year-old ruins, local produce, cozy beds and tastings of all kinds, the village is a must-see for lovers of nature, history and small dishes.

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