The Vaunage is an area of Languedoc Roussillon located between Sommieres and Nimes, north of the Camargue and half an hour from the local beaches. It is a sun-baked valley of “garrigue” (low, soft-leaved scrubland vegetation typical of the Meditarranean region) and vineyards surrounded by hills that isolate it from the surroundings. Its geographical situation has led to a strong regional identity.
This historic valley of Languedoc Roussillon is situated on a crossroads between the Cevennes Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea and was an important millstone on the medieval route linking Nimes to Toulouse. Sommieres and its surrounding villages are appreciated today for their authenticity.
The Piemont Cevenol goes from the foot of the Cevennes Mountains to the plain North of Sommieres. It is approximately one hour from the Sea. The Vidourle River begins as a trickle on the southern edge of the Cevennes Mountains and flows through this area. This part of the Gard is a quiet rural corner of Languedoc Roussillon, relatively unexplored.
The « Plaine de la Vistrenque » is a wide plain of the Gard that goes from Nîmes on the East side to Lunel on the West and lies between the Vaunage on its North and the Costières on its South. The villages of the Plaine de la Vistrenque are pretty and typical of the villages of the Languedoc Roussillon, but also have very easy access to all the local big towns, main stations and airports (Nîmes, Montpellier, Avignon, Marseilles, Arles).
The Cevennes are a range of mountains in southern France, covering parts of the departements of Ardeche, Gard, Herault and Lozere. This is a quiet rural area so its ideal for relaxing holidays or for fun outdoor adventurous activities. Several parts of the Cevennes are listed by UNESCO: the “Cirque de Navacelles”, the “Causse de Blandas” and the Cevennes National Park.
This area of the Gard offers stunning scenery and lots to do: rivers to swim in, caves (Trabuc Grotte) to explore, vineyards to sample, hills to hike, steam trains, the Bambousserie (Ornate garden with Bamboo). There are many pretty villages and little towns in this area such as Anduze, a popular medieval town with narrow streets, hidden squares, ancient fountains and a good selection of cafes, restaurants and shops.
Sitting between Provence and the Languedoc, the Uzege region is dotted with charming villages and planted with fruit trees, vines and truffle oaks. Close to Avignon and Nîmes, Uzes reveals an incomparable charm and Latin grace. This lively little town attracts foreign and local visitors with its many restaurants, beautiful shops and fabulous weekly market.
South of Nimes, in Languedoc Roussillon, stretching from East to West lies the Costieres, a low plateau of vineyards and garrigue (low, soft-leaved scrubland vegetation typical of the Mediterranean region). Then further South, the Costieres give way to Camargue, a magical place between land and sea where lakes, marshes and low-lying land are home to colourful fauna, flora and traditions.