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This page will help you to find out more about the Cévennes.  

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Press

The Cévennes features from time to time in the UK travel press. Here are a couple of articles:

Guardian 24 April 2010: Hidden France

Guardian 19 April 2009: Gorgeous Gorges

Local Sites

The official tourism site for the Cévennes is here. It is somewhat over-elaborate but has good information and onward links for local amenities, attractions and so on.

Over the years, the tourist offices of the area, so far as they existed, have gradually merged in order to pool resources. The site above is now the main one for much of the area (except for some communes which declined to join). Before that we had a local site covering a number of communes, which is here. It has good information on the local villages but I am not sure if it will now be maintained.

A good, and much used, site on the area is Causses Cévennes. The site is mainly about local gites and services, but there is also lots about the local history, walking, architecture, flora and fauna and so on. There are some fine photographs too.

A site which has never really taken off but which has some interesting narrative is here.

The official Cévennes National Park site is also very good, a recently refreshed site with masses of information about all aspects of the park.

A large part of the Cévennes is in Lozère, the  least populated départment in France. Arguably, it does not quite belong there, no more than Lozère quite belongs in Languedoc-Roussillon. Whatever, the Lozère site has useful information. The main site for the Gard (the department next to us, "downstream" towards the Mediterranean.) is also useful. Finally, there is also a general website for the whole of Languedoc-Roussillon here.

The Languedoc Page, a large site aimed mainly at expatriates in the Languedoc, may be useful for travel and other practical matters.

You can catch up on the local news with Midi Libre and check out today's weather in Alès, our local larger town.

Other

Apart from being an excellent piece of early travel writing, Robert Louis Stevenson's "Travels with a donkey in the Cévennes" is an interesting commentary on the history of the area and the aftermath of the Camisard rebellion. The book is widely available - a short Wikipedia article about it is here or you can read it online here.

There is an interesting account of life in the area in wartime, in Janet Tessier du Cros's "Divided Loyalties, a Scotswoman in Occupied France" which is still in print and available for example at Amazon.

One reason the Cévennes remains little known, perhaps, is that is very much unto itself, and does not fit neatly into prescribed geographical or administrative areas. That applies to travel guides too, and none of the standard English-language guides serves the area especially well. There are a large number of guides at Le Vieux Mas but if you want to research the area in advance, a good source is the Crossbill Guide to the area, which is also available from NHBS.

For walking in the area, there is a Cicerone Guide to the Cévennes. It's fine, but not a wholehearted recommendation unless you are seriously into advance planning. There are lots of guides at the house and our own detailed compendium, put together over 20 years.

There are many other links elsewhere on this website - and certainly onward links from the many tourist office sites above. But just a few more example sites:

Caves: Aven Armand is not the nearest but is one of the best.

Vultures and Raptors: at Le Truel, the other side of the Causse.

 

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