The Tarn rose from Mont Lozère and its wild river rushed down the Cévennes and dug a deep canyon into the Grands Causses slab. Cliffs up to 500m high, breaches, ledges and rocks... the Gorges du Tarn stage their greatest show between Quézac (Lozère) and Le Rozier (Aveyron) for around 50km.
Explore them by car or canoe. Lay your towel on one of the river's beaches, take a dip in its turquoise water, go rafting... Whatever you do, you'll never forget such a stunning setting!
Climb up to the Hermitage from Sainte Enimie(1 hr return). From there you can see the Tarn's loop then you can visit the squares, shops and shaded terraces in this village listed as one of the most beautiful in France on the way back down. You can also see Castelbouc clinging to the cliffside. Locals can only reach the hamlet of Hauterives by boat. Saint-Chély-du-Tarn puts on a great show with waterfalls and its fabulous bridge.
La Malène, Les Vignes and Le Rozier haven't been left out. You can visit them all on the D907bis!
La Jonte rises from Mont Aigoual (1565m) in the heart of the Cévennes National Park. It runs through Meyrueis before it ventures through another impressive rocky parade and jets into the Tarn.
Set off from Cassagnes on foot and cover Causse Méjean until the Balcon du Vertige to see the river's twists and turns. Drive by the most amazing views along the D 996 from Meyrueis or down a tiny road from Saint-Pierre-des-Tripiers to Truel.
You won't see many people on the Causses but you will see huge herds of sheep that have adapted to this UNESCO World Heritage site. Shepherds have spent centuries sculpting the vast stretches by building natural water reservoirs (dolines) and manmade ones (lavognes).
Gaze at the old and sometimes fortified Causses farms and vaulted sheep pens. Get to know the farmers with a trip to Domaine des Boissets in Sainte-Enimie or the Ferme Caussenarde d’Autrefois in Hyelzas.
Venture higher than the Gorges du Tarn, go through the Cévennes villages surrounded by terraced fields, swim in the Bonheur with a climb up the Aigoual. Livestock go up to the summer pastures along the droveways. Make like the animals for great hikes and come back in winter to ski at the foot of the weather station on Mont Aigoual. Follow the goats on the footpaths in the French Valley or the Corniche des Cévennes. Stop at the farms to sample AOP Pélardon cheese.
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