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Between vineyards and garrigues

From the cliffs of Mont Bouquet to the village of character of Vézénobres through vast vineyards…

At the gateway to the Cevennes and Provence, these lands are dominated by the Mont Bouquet, very popular with paragliders and climbing enthusiasts with more than 300 routes on the cliffs of Seynes. This territory is home to a thousand and one treasures, including charming villages, vineyards as far as the eye can see, aromatic plants and a preserved nature to be discovered without further delay!

An exceptional nature

Typical Mediterranean bushy landscapes

Heritage, a legacy of the past

The garrigue is marked by history with its clapas, capitelles or dry stone mazets that testify to an agricultural past. A clapas is a pile of stones extracted from the ground, which attests to the cultivation of a field, sometimes forming low walls.

The fields being often far from the villages, the inhabitants built capitelles to shelter, eat or store tools. The mazet, more sophisticated than a capitelle, is a construction fitted out for living in.

Meeting with wildlife

Your walks in the garrigue will come alive under the song of cicadas, in the summer period, and of all kinds of protected birds because this territory is one of the most important migration corridors in Europe for raptors. You will undoubtedly meet other fellow travelers such as lizards, butterflies, dragonflies or even very early in the morning or late in the evening, mammals such as fox, wild boar or deer.


On your way, you may meet…

The Hoopoe, this migratory bird, present on our territory from March until the end of the summer, will not leave you indifferent. It can be recognized at first glance. Of red color, endowed with a long fine beak, with the wings and the black and white tail, it flies like a big butterfly.

An adapted flora

These mostly dry and arid lands, shelter a variety of fauna.

Between vineyards, olive trees and fruit trees (apricot trees, almond trees, cherry trees, fig trees…) as well as sturdy trees such as holm oaks.

But also many aromatic plants that you will come across during your walks in the garrigues. Lavender, thyme, rosemary, savory, oregano: the scrubland is a bouquet of scents that will make your mouth water.


A village with character

Labeled “Village de Caractère”, witness of 1000 years of architecture and history, Vézénobres dominates on one side the garrigues, on the other the plain of the Gardons, with the backdrop of the Cevennes chain.

Numerous architectural testimonies tell the eventful history of Vézénobres: the street of Romanesque Houses, the 13th century Sabran Gate, the vaulted passages, the narrow cobbled streets, the House of Adam and Eve of the Renaissance period, the Grand’Rue…


Maison de la Figue and its conservatory orchard

At the foot of the village, find Maison de la Figue and its conservatory orchard to learn all about the fig, emblematic fruit of the Mediterranean basin. Doubled the National Botanical Conservatory of Porquerolles, it allows you to discover (in free access or guided tour), nearly 1000 trees for a hundred species.

1 day in Vézénobres

Find all our tips and good plans to discover Vézénobres, Village de Caractère, for the time of a day.

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

Mount Bouquet

A vast limestone promontory

The cliffs of Mont Bouquet

Located 25min from Alès, a grandiose landscape covers the wild expanse of the surrounding garrigue and an exceptional variety of landscapes.

The panoramic view is exceptional, on a clear day you can see the Mediterranean, Mont Ventoux to the east, Mont-Aigoual and the foothills of the Cévennes to the west.

The cliffs of Seynes

Located south of Mount Bouquet, Seynes enjoys an international reputation among sportsmen.

These cliffs are coveted by climbing enthusiasts, paragliders or even hikers. On the site, you will find no less than 360 climbing routes that is to say a terrain of more than 10km of slopes and many hiking trails.

A natural area of ecological, faunistic and floristic interest.

Look up and observe about fifteen species of birds that have taken refuge on this natura 2000 site or that cross it at the time of migration. From March to April, the luckiest among you, may be able to see the Egyptian vulture…

A wine destination

Labelled "Vignobles & Découvertes

The Cevennes, a destination labeled “Vignobles & Découvertes”, renowned for the richness and diversity of the vineyard.

Cevennes wines obtained their Protected Geographical Indication in 2009. The PGI wines of the Cevennes highlights the elegance and freshness of Cevennes wines, expressing the originality of our territory.

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