RHONE GARD / RHONE VALLEY

Savour authentic discoveries in the wake of the King of French rivers

Port-of-BeaucaireSaint-Laurent-des-Arbres-village

Saint-Laurent des Arbres

Port of Beaucaire

On the very edge of the Languedoc region, on what was once the border of the Kingdom of France, Gard county lies on the banks of the Rhone, and as such neighbours Provence. Gard county is home to famous vineyards and outstanding architectural heritage. Here visitors discover true authentic stays, far from the madding crowds.

The Rhone river is a frontier, a navigation channel and generator of energy. It is also the cradle of great historical heritage, between Provence and Languedoc. Gard county along the Rhone offers the best of both worlds – southern verve plus the authenticity so beloved to the inhabitants of the Gard. Enjoy a tailor-made stay that combines nature, culture and the pleasures of the table. You’ll be glad you did.

From Pont-Saint-Esprit to Beaucaire, in Vallabrègues, Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres, Roquemaure and elsewhere, the towns and villages along the Rhone offer long and interesting history. See the 18 hectares of vestiges of the Roman oppidum known as the Camp de César, explore Saint Roman abbey and the amazing tombs carved into the rock. In beautiful Villeneuve-Lez-Avignon, the Val de Bénédiction Charterhouse monastery and majestic Fort Saint-André seem to defy Avignon and the famous bridge that lies between the two. Many monuments and symbols remain from the time when French Kings challenged the Popes, to the delight of today’s visitors who benefit from these exceptional venues.

Today’s pleasures include the Côtes du Rhône wine appellations that encompass Chusclan, Tavel, Laudun, Saint-Gervais, Signargues, Lirac… evocative names that lead to the discovery of outstanding terroirs. These wine-growing villages also offer interesting discoveries and tours, which are described under the “Vignobles & Découvertes” label. Speaking of rivers, do not overlook a barge cruise on the Rhône-to-Sète canal, where you can take your bicycles and enjoy the developed riverside stopping points.

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Saint Laurent des Arbres, village historique

Typical village of the south of France, enclave of the Avignon popes, fortified by the Bishopric, home to outstanding heritage, preserved since 1892. ...
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Saint Laurent des Arbres
Saint Laurent des Arbres, village historique
Typical village of the south of France, enclave of the Avignon popes, fortified by the Bishopric, home to outstanding heritage, preserved since 1892. ...
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Musée d'Art Sacré

This museum takes a secular approach to sacred art and displays gold work, reliquaries, vestments, apothecary jars, crèches, santons.Fine Arts, painti...
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Musée d'Art Sacré
Musée d'Art Sacré
This museum takes a secular approach to sacred art and displays gold work, reliquaries, vestments, apothecary jars, crèches, santons.Fine Arts, painti...
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Chartreuse du Val de Bénédiction

National Centre for Theatre Writing Monastery founded in the 14th century by Pope Innocent VI who donated his lands and his mansion to the Order of th...
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Chartreuse pontificale du Val de Bénédiction
Chartreuse du Val de Bénédiction
National Centre for Theatre Writing Monastery founded in the 14th century by Pope Innocent VI who donated his lands and his mansion to the Order of th...
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Fort Saint-André

A Sentinel for the Kingdom of France.The Saint-André fort was built in 1292 under orders from King Philip the Fair, King of France. It was built to sy...
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Fort Saint André
Fort Saint-André
A Sentinel for the Kingdom of France.The Saint-André fort was built in 1292 under orders from King Philip the Fair, King of France. It was built to sy...
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BEAUCAIRE guided tours

In December 2001 the town of Beaucaire was distinguished as a "City of Art and History", in acknowledgement of its dynamic cultural action and valoris...
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Port Canal Rhône Sète
BEAUCAIRE guided tours
In December 2001 the town of Beaucaire was distinguished as a "City of Art and History", in acknowledgement of its dynamic cultural action and valoris...
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Pont Saint Esprit, ville historique

Discovery Circuit for the city: - Collegiate church and Citadelle, - Church of St Pierre, - Church of St Saturnin, - Chapel of the Penitents, - Chapel...
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Pont Saint Esprit
Pont Saint Esprit, ville historique
Discovery Circuit for the city: - Collegiate church and Citadelle, - Church of St Pierre, - Church of St Saturnin, - Chapel of the Penitents, - Chapel...
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Abbaye de Saint Roman

Troglodyte abbey carved from the rock, overlooking the Rhone river valley. This abbey was dug into the limestone in the 5th century. Saint Roman de l'...
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Abbaye Saint Roman
Abbaye de Saint Roman
Troglodyte abbey carved from the rock, overlooking the Rhone river valley. This abbey was dug into the limestone in the 5th century. Saint Roman de l'...
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Val de Bénédiction Carthusian monastery

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Carthusian-monastery-Villeneuve-lez-Avignon

National Centre for Theatre Writing
Monastery founded in the 14th century by Pope Innocent VI who donated his lands and his mansion to the Order of the Carthusians after being elected pope.
Beautiful, peaceful series of buildings and gardens. Three cloisters make this one of the biggest Carthusian monasteries in France, with a perimeter of 1560 metres.
This Carthusian monastery is now a Cultural and Meeting Centre which houses the National Centre for Theatre Writing, since 1991.
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THINGS TO DO IN THE RHONE VALLEY

Côtes-du-Rhône wines

Cotes-du-Rhone-wines-vineyards
Explore the Gard by driving along the many wine roads.

The Gard is full of highly diverse terroirs where vineyards happily thrive. In the Gard alone, the winemakers have patiently crafted six different Appellations d’Origine Protégées (Protected Designation of Origin) and three distinct Indications Géographiques Protégées (Protected Geographical Indication) full of sunshine, aromas and generosity.

The successful viticulture in the Gard is strongly related to the soils and their different characteristics: ochre and red soils enriched with alluvial deposits from the Rhône, rounded pebbles in the Costière, chalky scrubland, carbonated soils in the plains, dune sand along the coast – many different types of soils which give rise to the richness and diversity of vineyards in the Gard.

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