The Vaunage is an area of southern France located between Sommieres and Nimes, north of the Camargue and half an hour from the local beaches. It is a sun-baked valley of “garrigue” (low, soft-leaved scrubland vegetation typical of the Meditarranean region) surrounded by hills that isolate it from the surroundings. The name is a contraction of "Vallee de Nages", the valley of Nages. Its geographical situation has led to a strong regional identity.
This valley of the Gard department has been populated for over 2,000 years. Six oppida -large defended Iron Age settlements- dominated by that of Nages, were home to the Volques, who built them in the 8th century BC and remained there until the 1st century AD. This region of Languedoc Roussillon also has a strong Protestant history, and is still today predominantly Protestant.
Each village has its town fair (“fetes votives”) that perpetuate the local traditions of bull games and abrivado (where the bulls run in the streets of the village surrounded by men on horseback).
The soil of this agricultural region is argilo-calcaire so the flora is essentially that of the garrigue. This is also a good soil for wine and so the area has many vineyards and wine producers to be discovered.
This beautiful valley is ideal for outdoor activities such as treks, donkey rides and cycling. The former railway has been transformed into a cycle track, «voie verte» that goes from Sommieres to Caveirac (approx. 20 Km of track).
One finds many mansions, mas (large Southern France farmhouses), maisons vigneronnes (houses build in the 19th Century by the local wine producers for living in and storing their tools) and old village houses in the Vaunage, some of them for sale.
This pretty village of Languedoc Roussillon has quite a dynamic population of 3000 inhabitants. It was built during the 7th Century on an abundant spring of clear water (and that is actually what “Aigues-Vives” means).
Calvisson is one of the villages of the Vaunage valley in Languedoc Roussillon. A hill (Roc de Gachone) with the remains of three windmills overlooks the village and offers a beautiful view over the valley and all the way to the sea.
Cavairac is the first village of the Vaunage that you come to after leaving the town of Nimes. It is sometimes referred to as “la Porte de la Vaunage” - the gateway to the Vaunage Valley.
Clarensac is a pretty village of the Vaunage Valley, an area of southern France located between Sommieres and Nimes, north of the Camargue and half an hour from the local beaches. It is a sun-baked valley of “garrigue” (low, soft-leaved scrubland vegetation typical of the Mediterranean r...