Visiting the Gard region
Around the Villa des Claux, you’ll discover a diverse region with many exciting destinations to explore: spectacular sceneries, mountains, natural caves, ancient Roman sites, historic cities, museums – all of these places are at less than one hour away from the Villa des Claux!
Around the city of Alès, remains of the coal mining era can still be found. You’ll be able to get a feel of a miner’s family life in the 1900 with the museum, the mine reconstitution and the petrified forest.
For art lovers Alès museums offer modern and contemporary art collections in Pierre André Benoit museum and archaeological collections and fine arts at the museum Colombier
Anduze will charm you with its famous potteries : these garden vases are since the eighteenth century the flagships of all southern gardens, parks and orange groves in Europe . From there, the Cévennes scenic railway can take you to Saint-Jean-du-Gard, at the steady pace of its steam locomotive. The bamboo grove of Prafrance will transport you half-way around the world, with its Asian vegetation and Laotian houses on piles. A stone’s throw from there, the Trabuc cave and the Mialet Desert Museum will give you an insight of the Cévennes history.
The typical landscapes of Southern France are close-by: Nîmes with its ancient Roman vestiges are less than an hour away. From there it is very easy to go on to Aigues-Mortes, the threshold of Camargue, famous for its flamingoes, horses and herds of bulls.
To the East of the Villa des Claux, the roads that lead to Uzès, the Pont du Gard, and Avignon, are beautifully bordered by garrigues and vineyards. Following the Cèze valley offers breathtaking viewpoints, including the gold washing sites of Saint-Ambroix and the waterfalls of the Sautadet. The village of Lussan, the Concluses and the Mont Bouquet are also day trips of choice.
Choose from 15 different day-trip itineraries by car: sea or mountain, sunny garrigues or cool valleys, vineyards or lavender fields, natural sites or Roman vestiges. Surely, there’s more than one option fit for you!
For those who bring their bicycle and want to avoid driving during their vacation, we also have many suggestions of itineraries for bikes. There are many paths and small roads around the Villa des Claux, ideal for biking!
With our picnic baskets, you will be able to enjoy a lovely lunch by the river Cèze or in the cool shade of an evergreen oak forest. We have various itineraries, advice, and precise maps ready for you.
From the Villa des Claux, hikers will also have the possibility to enjoy walking through valleys, forests and garrigues. We hold several trail ideas at your disposal.
If you’re only staying for a short period of time with us, you can visit the Heraldry Museum of Saint-Jean-de-Valériscle, the Prehistorama of Rousson, the Ethnobotanical Gardens, the Thermal Baths of Fumades, and the quaint snail farms of Saint-Florent-sur-Auzonnet. The village of Saint-Ambroix, with its lively farmer’s market and medieval streets, is also a must-see.[/column]All these sites are within walking or biking distance from the Villa des Claux!
After your excursion, relax by the swimming pool and the hot tub before enjoying a delicious meal on the patio!