The Gard, a department between the Cévennes and Camargue, the Rhône and Mediterranean, is a formidable nature lovers' playground, with endless possibilities: canoeing at Pont du Gard, sailing at Grau du Roi, horseback riding on the beach, cruising the canal from the Rhône to Sète, mountain or electric biking at the Cirque de Navacelles, cycling around the vineyards, hiking on GR trails along the Ways of Saint-James or Stevenson, bird-watching in nature reserves... And let's not forget all the prestigious sites nearby, including Aigues-Mortes, Uzès, Nîmes...
Five reasons to visit the Gard
- ViaRhôna: a perfectly safe cycling itinerary that leads you from Lake Geneva (or Léman) to the Mediterranean, via the Côte du Rhône vineyards, the Abbey of Saint-Gilles, the medieval city of Aigues-Mortes...
- The Camargue, home to a number of protected species, which can be encountered while walking the Way of Saint-James, cruising down the Rhône à Sète Canal from Aigues-Mortes, or cycling along one of the many greenways.
- The Cévennes mountain range, its numerous hiking trails and outdoor sporting activities include mountain biking on Mont-Aigoual, trail-running at the Cirque de Navacelles, as well as the Gard's many organised mountain challenges... Or if you prefer, you can explore the region via an electric bike.
- Ride horseback along the beach or through the Cévennes atop a famous Camargue bred horse, or at the Uzés stud farm, which also boasts two outdoor schools. Then enjoy a carriage ride through the Uzès vineyards followed by a gourmet picnic in the scrubland.
- The Grau du Roi Port Camargue is Europe's top marina for water activities like sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, jet-skiing, kite-surfing, stand-up paddling, diving... Sailboats and catamarans are also available for those wishing to hit the high seas.
The most remarkable aspect of this Provençal department is the diversity of its landscapes. From Mont Ventoux to the Luberon Regional Nature Park and its Provençal Colorado, from the endless lavender fields in Pays de Sault to the rivers of Pays des Sorgues, a vast natural world awaits. Explore it leisurely by bike, on foot or horseback, from the water or the air, with the sun guiding you year-round... Here, follow your desires at your own pace.
Five reasons to visit Vaucluse
- A Mediterranean climate with pleasant weather, inspiring outdoor activities all year round.
- More than 40 sign-posted bike trails for all levels, including three greenways for families and four large thematic loops.
- A 400-km long-distance all-terrain crossing (or Grande Traversée VTT), from Mont Ventoux to the Luberon, perfect for those seeking thrills in a beautiful setting.
- Marked hiking trails with endless visual rewards: a perched village over there, the contrast of olive trees on the deep red earth, chamois gallivanting on fertile plains...
- Limpid waters superb for swimming, kayaking, fishing, windsurfing...