Le Domaine de Massereau
THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE GARD REGION STARTING FROM THE CAMPSITE
From the centre of the “Mediterranean – Cévennes – Camargue – Provence” square, you can set off to explore the South of France and Languedoc-Roussillon from the 5-star Domaine de Massereau campsite!
SOMMIÈRES, A TOWN OF CHARACTER
Sommières is an unspoilt mediaeval town that has been awarded the “Petits Cités de Caractère” label and is located between the Camargue and the Cévennes. From its château to the arcades in the market square, Sommières is a fascinating place to explore.
Built around the Vidourle River, Sommières is one of the few towns in Europe to have a bridge with houses on it. With 21 arches spanning almost 200 metres, the Roman Bridge straddles the Vidourle while also providing homes for the people of Sommières.
There are a number of activities designed to help you explore the city in an original way. Children can go on a treasure hunt, history buffs can take part in a guided tour and art lovers can discover the street art and frescoes of Sommières.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN OCCITANIA
Just a few kilometres from Le Domaine de Massereau campsite, Montpellier is a very lively city that enjoys long hours of sunshine and an extremely mild climate. The Fontaine des Trois Grâces, colourful trams, opera house and Haussmann buildings, the Place de la Comédie perfectly illustrate the city’s blend of history and modernism. To round off your visit, wander the narrow winding streets of the Écusson neighbourhood and go and see the works of art at the Musée Fabre.
Anduze is built on the banks of the Gardon River and lies at the gateway to the Cévennes National Park. Anduze was built into the rock face of Le Rocher de Saint-Julien. The best way to visit the town is to lose yourself in the typical narrow streets.
WALKS AND HIKES FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Le Domaine de Massereau campsite is the perfect base for exploring the Cévennes. This UNESCO World Heritage national park will appeal to all nature lovers.
Le massif du Mont Aigoual, the highest peak in the Gard department in the Cévennes is packed with treasures for lovers of green tourism. There are plenty of hiking trails for holidaymakers to choose from.
Another hiker’s paradise is the Pic Saint-Loup that offers amazing panoramic views of the Mediterranean, the Cévennes and Mont Ventoux!
Among the must-sees, don’t miss the famous Cirque de Navacelles. From Vissec to Madières, you’ll find an impressive canyon which is over 20 km long, overhung by limestone cliffs. The Résurgence de la Foux is another must-see attraction in the Cirque de Navacelles. This is a karstic resurgence through which the river cascades forth in a waterfall.
HISTORY AT THE GATES OF THE CAMPSITE
Occitania is a land of history and culture with numerous must-see tourist sites. Take a trip back in time with a visit to Nîmes, within easy reach of Le Domaine de Massereau campsite. The Arenas, the Maison Carrée (Square House), Tour Magne, the Porta Augusta and Porte de France gates, the “Temple of Diana”, the Musée de la Romanité and the Jardins de la Fontaine are all treasures just waiting to be discovered.
Not far from there is the famous Pont du Gard that’s sure to amaze you. You can discover the highest aqueduct bridge in the world on foot or by canoe.
Awarded the title of Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (City of Art and History), Uzès is often compared to a Tuscan city. With its campanile, Renaissance facades and Florentine cypress trees, you’ll soon find yourself transported to Italy. If you fancy a taste of the modern world, you can take a tour of the Haribo Museum. From production to the cult adverts, via the unmissable machine room, your favourite sweets will no longer hold any secrets for you.
THE CAMARGUE FROM THE CAMPSITE
Standing at the gateway to the Gard department in the Camargue, Saint-Gilles is a stopping point for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela. The abbey church of the former Benedictine monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This masterpiece of Romanesque art will delight history buffs.
Les Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, capital of the Camargue and home to its traditions, offers a real change of scenery. The village is set in the middle of a natural landscape on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
Take a day out to visit the most picturesque fishing village in the Gard: Le Grau du Roi. On the programme: fishing ports and marinas, dunes, salt marshes, sunsets and the famous octopus dish rouille de poulpe.
Unique on the Petite Camargue coastline, Aigues-Mortes is distinguished by its rich history. Every 25 August, to celebrate Saint-Louis Day, the town is transformed into a mediaeval village for one of the largest gatherings in period costume in France.
ORIGINAL ACTIVITIES JUST A STONE'S THROW FROM THE CAMPSITE
For an unforgettable holiday in Occitania, there’s nothing like something original to do!
La Bambouseraie des Cévennes bamboo gardens will take you on a trip. A visit to these remarkable gardens and historic monument will add an exotic touch to your holiday in the Gard.
Climb aboard one of the carriages on the Cévennes steam train. You can marvel at some of the most beautiful scenery in the National Park, from Anduze to Saint-Jean-du-Gard.
If you prefer pedal power, we recommend the Vélorail des Cévennes! Originality guaranteed!
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal du Midi connects Toulouse to Sète. You can cycle along the trail or take an electric boat past the many locks and impressive canal bridges of this architectural masterpiece.
A visit to Sète in the summer would not be complete without seeing the jousting! Jousting is an institution here! Since 1666, the town has pulsated to the rhythm of the famous Joutes de Sète water jousting competitions. Ready for the show?
MUST-SEE VILLAGES AROUND SOMMIÈRES
Surrounded by rivers, mountains, garrigue and vineyards, Le Domaine de Massereau campsite offers a huge choice of possibilities for your holiday enjoyment. During your stay, you can head off to discover the most beautiful villages in Occitania.
From the Cévennes National Park to the Grands Causses via the valleys of the Cèze and Rhône, you’ll be amazed by the architectural wealth of the Gard. When you’re out and about, you can visit churches, walk along the river banks, enjoy breathtaking scenery and stroll around wherever the fancy takes you.
Take a total break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The villages around Sommières are awe-inspiring for adults and children alike.
From one end of the department to the other, you can wander the narrow pedestrianised streets and visit farmers’ markets. Every day out offers the perfect opportunity to try the delicious local produce. In Occitania, sightseeing and fine food go hand in hand!
DISCOVER THE ACTIVITIES AROUND THE CAMPSITE