What to see, what to do in the Gard
Notice to nature lovers: from the mountains to the sea, the Gard contains beautiful landscapes. If you only have a few days, we advise you to visit the three sites that belong to the network of the Great Sites of France: the famous Pont du Gard (the most visited antique monument in France, a UNESCO World Heritage Site). near the Gorges du Gardon, the Cirque de Navacelles (a fabulous canyon 300 m deep) and the Gard Camargue, with its marshes and heritage like the Carbonnière Tower of Aigues-Mortes.
The decor is planted: it’s up to you to be the actor of your holidays at the campsite Mas de la Cam in Saint-Jean-du-Gard. From the ascent of Mount Aigoual to walks on the sandy beaches, many hiking and horseback riding await you in the Gard. Go down the Gorges du Tarn river canoeing or canyoning, rent a boat at Grau-du-Roi for a trip to the sea, explore the Cévennes caves and join a 4×4 safari in the Camargue. Near the campsite, you can do many other outdoor activities: climbing, canoeing, microlight, mountain biking, fishing …
Visit the Gard
There are many ways to discover the Gard. If you are passionate about cultural heritage, your journey will probably start in Nîmes, a bimillennial city. You can admire the architecture of its bullring, the Magne Tower, the Square house and the temple of Diane. You will then stop at the mythical Pont du Gard and the Abbey Saint-Gilles, another Unesco World Heritage site.
Did you take a lot of your eyes? Continue your journey through time by visiting Cèze, La Roque-sur-Cèze, Lussan and Aiguèze, 4 communes which are among the most beautiful villages in France. The department is dotted with ancient medieval cities very well preserved like Barjac and Vézénobres, and sumptuous castles (Uzès, Sommières).
Finally, take the time to get lost in the alleys of the Musée Cévenol in Saint Jean du Gard, the museum-Library Pierre-André-Benoit (Alès), the Visiatome de Marcoule (Chusclan) and the Vinopanorama (Calvisson). If you are staying in the Gard with children, plan half a day at the Seaquarium of the Grau-du-Roi.
This land, steeped in history, abounds with peaks and dells and ridges and valleys…where the rivers, deeply carved in the schist, are surrounded by chestnut trees, green oak trees and moors. The Corniche des Cévennes route, the Tarn and Jonte gorges, Aigoual mountain, Millau viaduct, Méjean limestone plateau, Barambiau chasm and the Navacelles cirque, and all the small villages with preserved traditional homes.
The Cévennes area is the unique home to extraordinary scenery with networks of valleys, abundant chestnut forests, and rich landscapes of schist, granite and limestone. Cévennes national park – just 3,200km² – is home to half of France’s flora and wildlife!