Look everywhere!!! Sweep with your eyes and watch your neck…
Discover the most beautiful villages and little treasures of the Gorges du Tarn et de la Jonte on a road trip by car, motorcycle or bike! But beware of a stiff neck! These “treasures” are just as much at human, water and vulture height!
Keep your eyes on the road all the same, so you don’t end up in the “balat”!
At water level
No access road… at best canoe down the river or leave your car to reach these typical stone hamlets deeply rooted in the gorges of the Tarn and Jonte rivers, because lowering your head isn’t going to cut it.
Take the Gorges du Tarn linear path to Hauterives, although access is easy enough, it’s a different story for the ruined castle that dominates the hamlet. Just outside Les Détroits is La Croze, where tours are organized during the Heritage Days. You can cross the river by boat to reach La Sablière.
At ground level or on a donkey’s back!
Of our typical villages, there’s no doubt that Sainte Enimie is in pole position!
In fact, classified as “France’s most beautiful village”, it’s something of the jewel of the Gorges du Tarn with its legend.
Having kept its medieval core and character, the village is a joy to discover.
At La Malène, stop! Here you’re in the geographical heart of the gorges, enjoy a boat ride with the famous boatmen across the Détroits.
At vulture-wing height, the perched villages!
Of these perched villages offering incomparable views, we inevitably come across the troglodytic hamlets of Eglazines and Saint Marcellin. Simply embedded in the cliffs, several hundred meters above the river, it’s hard to believe that men ever lived here… To get there, a long walk along a narrow goat path between causse oaks, fragrant boxwoods and maritime pines is a must! Saint-Marcellin was once the site of a castle, of which nothing remains today…