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The Region around Gardoussel Retreat

Gardoussel is located in the heart of the Cévennes mountains, just outside the Cévennes National Park - France's only inhabited national park - which covers an area of 910 sq km. The park's headquarters are close by in Florac, as well as a museum dedicated to the park's natural history.

The Cévennes straddle three of France's departments: the Gard, Lozère and Ardèche. Famous for its remarkable scenery, it is typified by grassy terraces, sweet chestnut trees (known as the 'bread tree' due to its important role in the area's economic past), the granite peaks of Mont Lozère, limestone plateaux and the crystal clear gorges running below.

Abroad, it is probably best known for being the area crossed by Robert Louis Stevenson on his donkey Modestine in 1878, later immortalised in his book 'Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes'.

Gardoussel lies just outside the national park but shares the same lush, wild scenery, tiny shale-built hamlets and quiet, unhurried way of life.

Some local links...

Schist artisan Jean-Pierre BOYER:

Tourist Office in St Andre de Valborgne:

Cevennes national park:

'Accrobranche' treetop adventure parks:
http://www.parcparfumdaventure.com (near Mialet)
http://www.forestparc.com (near Bagard)




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