The Pont-du Gard (3km)
Our bed & breakfast is located a few hundred meters from the vestiges path which runs along the Roman aqueduct leading to the Pont du Gard. This path is ideal for walkers and other sportsmen. The Pont du Gard is a masterpiece of ancient architecture and among the finest Roman achievements in the region. We will gladly show you the way from our house to get there on foot and it is with pleasure that Fabien will take you there on a hike.
From our house the village of Castillon du Gard is accessible by a very pretty path from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the Pont du Gard. For athletes, it’s a very nice 30 to 45 minute jogging (one way). The medieval village is perched on a mound of limestone sandstone and dominates the southern end of the “Gorges du Gardon”. The wars of religion (16th century) largely destroyed the village. Only a few monuments have remained and were restored in the 1970s:
The cobbled streets with gargoyles, house of the ramparts, etc …
The “Belle Vue” Castle (18th century)
The Chapels of “St Caprais” and “St Christophe” (medieval period)
The Villa “La Gramière” (Roman period)
The leper colony of the New Well
The GR63 path which goes to “Pont du Gard”
Collias is located near the Gardon. It owes its origin to the Greeks. Successively, the various civilizations have left traces in the village: the caves were already inhabited in the Paleolithic, Roman, pagan and then Paleochristian traces on the site of the Hermitage. The virgin landscapes of the “Gorges du Gardon” associated with the immense uplands which overhang them form a true paradise for hikers. All river activities are practiced there. Until the 19th century Collias was an important center of silk production and it was also the birthplace of the famous olive “picholine”. You can visit there:
“Le site de l’Ermitage”
The chapel “Notre Dame de Laval”
The 19th century “St Vincent church” (paintings) The climbing routes
The scrubland and its flora Canoeing
The Torte path (PR)
The GR 63
The weekly market (Wednesday)
Organized visit of the village: +33 4 66 22 80 87
Sanilhac Sagries (10km)
There you will find the fabulous site of “La Baume / Saint-Vérédème” on the banks of the Gardon. The access (pedestrian only) is stony for 3 km, through the garrigue, to arrive at a deep canyon formed by the Gardon, an incomparable natural site where the famous images of the movie “Le salaire de la peur” with Yves Montand and Charles Vanel were filmed. In the cliff accessible by stairs, “la grotte de la Baume” forms a tunnel whose entrance on the Gardon side host the hermitage of the “Saint-Vérédème” chapel. On the Gardon, you will find the ruins of an old mill where hikers can cool off and rest in a magnificent landscape.
A city with history from Antiquity to nowadays, it was shaped by generations of “Uzétiens” who brought it to life. Due to its undeniable heritage assets and its remarkable architecture, the city of Uzès has been awarded the “City of Art and History” label since November 2008.
You will be seduced by the authenticity and charm of Uzès, you will appreciate the magical atmosphere that reigns in its medieval streets and hidden gardens, the history of its Ducal castle from the Middle Ages and mansions dating from the Renaissance. The elegance of its shaded squares and the freshness of its centuries-old fountains will seduce you as you walk. The Uzès Provencal market which is held every Saturday and Wednesday morning is unique. You will be enchanted by its colors, its scents and the quality of the regional products presented there. Uzès “Premier Duché de France”, will leave you with an unforgettable feeling like Jean Racine who wrote there: “…ici nos nuits sont plus belles que vos jours… ” (here our nights are more beautiful than your days)
La Capelle et Masmolène (16km)
“La Capelle” and “Masmolène” are two villages that were joined in the 17th century with a single town hall which is located just between the two towns. The feudal castle and the Romanesque chapel (perfectly restored) date from the 11th century and the impressive piles of sandstone and quartzites on the road to Masmolène have been classified since André Malraux.
Les Vignobles de Tavel (20km)
It is through the vineyards, from our bed & breaksfast, that you will reach Tavel. The reputation of the village is due to its exceptional Rosé. This wine is the result of the remarkable environment, made up of the unique landscapes of the region. The wine route will take you around a vast valley and the ” garrigue” hills, then you will cross a terrace with distant horizons to finish on the ideally exposed slopes of the edges of the wine land. Starting from the source which gave birth to the village, a network of “filioles” irrigates below a whole terroir of lovely gardens, surrounded by old dry stone walls, forming a pleasant solar labyrinth.