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Gard is an authentic department in the South of France that owes its name to the river that runs through it. Its Mediterranean climate makes it a popular destination for tourists. Its geology is attractive as well, because in Gard, one does not get bored: you can discover the Cevennes, the Garrigue, the Costières, the Rhone and the littoral plains as well as Petite Camargue. Its historical richness further enhances its charisma: discover the history of the Romans and other ancient people, live the Middle Ages with the intrigues of Viscounts, learn more about religious crises, progress and local development during the Renaissance and the modern and contemporary eras. Less than 3 hours from Paris, thanks to the LGV Méditerranée, Gard is easily accessible. And to reassure your budget or prolong your stay, take advantage of Airotel's comfortable campsites. Here is a foretaste of your trip: the most beautiful villages of Gard and the Unesco sites.
Gard includes 4 of the most beautiful villages in France: Aiguèze, Montclus, La Roque sur Cèze and Lussan. As a fortified village, Aiguèze is a city of character, surrounded by the famous Côtes de Rhône vineyard which dominates the Gorges de l'Ardèche for a vertiginous panorama. You will be charmed by its narrow and warm streets, its shaded central square under the plane trees, its walkway, its parish church, the fountain Saint Roch ... The visit of the buildings will allow you to learn more about the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, to discover the different styles of architecture: Romanesque, Gothic... In Montclus you will discover the life of a village in the Middle Ages, between the castle, the abbey, the rural houses and the narrow streets. Admire the ancient troglodyte monastery, the square dungeon, the vaults and the Moulin bridge. The whole, embalmed by the fields of lavender and the vineyards that surround it and refreshed by the Cèze. La Roque sur Cèze, a beautiful city, with an intact architecture. Perched on a hill, it is certainly pleasant to see, so much the softness of its blond stones, its waterfalls (Sautadet), the presence of its pines, the cobblestones of its streets and its historical buildings are charming. Do not miss to visit the chapel, the Charles Martel bridge, to see the castle and the pots of giants, a collection of rocky cavities dug by the water, near the waterfalls of Sautadet. Lussan will offer you a panoramic view of the Garrigue, the Cevennes and the Mont Ventoux, from the ramparts and will take you to the heart of the medieval life, through the narrow streets you that you will cross. For a dive into the past, head to La Pierre Plantée, a megalithic site in Gard. The Concluses will impress you with their majesty, giving you a view of the wild beauty.
Gard, in addition to its many locally and nationally protected sites, it has been honored by the Unesco: the Pont du Gard, the Abbey of Saint-Gilles, the Causses and the Cevennes are now part of the World Heritage.