Saint Hippolyte-du-Fort, eight kilometres west of Sauve, across undulating farmland, is the highest town along the Vidourle River. It lies just before the foothills of the Cevennes (the Southern part of the Massif Central mountains) in the Languedoc Roussillon Region.
St-Hippolyte, like so many old cloth towns of the Cevennes, switched over to silk production in the period before the Revolution, and prospered until a nineteenth-century epidemic wiped out the mulberry plants on which the silkworms depended.
Some of the notable monuments of the town are the very big protestant Churches built at the end of the 19th Century, the Fort and 13 old fountains scattered around St-Hippolyte’s streets and squares. The « Pelardon des Cevennes », a flavourful goats’ milk cheese, and chestnuts from the close-by mountains are some of St-Hippolyte’s specialities.
The town is situated in the Gard approximately 50 km from both Nimes and Montpellier and one hour from the sea. St-Hippolyte lies in a beautiful green setting. Thanks to its situation at the beginning of the Vidourle Valley, just at the foot of the Cevennes Mountains, this calm town of 3800 inhabitants is an ideal starting point for outdoor activities.
St-Hippolyte has many shops as well as 2 weekly markets (Tuesday and Friday mornings). It also offers all the necessary services including schools up to secondary level.