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Camp in Anduze, gateway to the Cevennes

In Occitania, in the South of France, between garrigues and medium mountains, discover a wild aspect of the south of the Gard department, 12 km south-west of Alès and 43 km north-west of Nîmes.

This small authentic town is leaning against the rock of Saint-Julien, overlooking the Gardon valley. The medieval Clock Tower recalls the atmosphere of the troubadours, but above all the power and influence of the fief throughout the Languedoc. Anduze developed thanks to the culture and trade of silk and wool. From the walls to protect itself, some remains remain, the seigneury of Pézène and the castle which dates from the 16th century. The winding, cobbled streets are animated by the stalls of craftsmen and traders. In the destiny of Anduze, the spinning mills, the textile industry and the long exploitation of the nearby mines of the Cévennes coal seam were added to the town's destiny. Since the time of the oil jars, the pottery tradition is still very much alive, with the production of Anduze vases, of very large sizes.

Discover around thirty campsites located near Anduze, in the southern Cévennes.

Fountains and monuments

On the Covered Square, where the market is held, stands the pagoda fountain, topped with multicoloured glazed tiles. Other fountains of different styles are humming in the neighbourhoods. Note the Greek-style columns of the imposing temple, reminding us of the important influence of Protestantism in the area since the 16th century. With its stone dome, the church of St. Stephen was built at the top of the village, at the foot of the Anduze Rock. On the other side, the abbey of Notre-Dame de la Paix-Dieu is a Trappist monastery founded in 1970 on the Capelin hill. Escape to the Parc des Cordeliers, with its cedars, bamboos, and other magnolias, as well as its botanical circuit. Rediscover the regional flavours by reserving a table on the terrace on the banks of the Gardon.

Natural escapes

Along the rivers, there are a few quiet spots suitable for swimming. Anduze is also the gateway to immerse yourself in the Cévennes forest massif, which stretches to the north and west. A multitude of paths multiply surprises and remarkable encounters. Further south, the landscape is marked by vineyards and garrigue crossed by the Gard. Then the interesting heritage of the former duchy of Uzès. As for the famous Pont du Gard, it is only about fifty kilometres away.

A very exotic bamboo grove

In the neighbouring village of Générargues in Prafrance, visit this huge 34-hectare estate, planted with bamboo since 1856. An unexpected site, truly incredible, with more than 1,000 different kinds of plants, bamboos, maples, sequoias ... from all continents. Forest, ponds, maze, the atmospheres change in the middle of a nature in perpetual renewal.

Full steam ahead

Immerse the family in the atmosphere of yesteryear by taking the Cévennes steam train, which links Anduze to Saint-Jean-du-Gard. It reveals magnificent viewpoints of the Gardons valley through viaducts and tunnels.

Campsites in Anduze

Between two rivers, the wooded area of the Cévennes-Provence campsite *** covers 30 hectares. It has nearly 250 pitches including about twenty chalets, with swimming from the private beach, to be discovered from March to October.

From April to September the Bel Été d'Anduze campsite **** offers more than 150 pitches, a third of which are rented. Situated near the forest and the river, it has a swimming pool and an extensive programme of entertainment and sports activities.

 

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