La Mer des Rochers

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La Mer des Rochers

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Ruiniform rocks


On the heights of the village of Sauve, in the heart of the Coutach Massif, the Sea of Rocks offers walkers a magnificent spectacle, both wild and as if sculpted by nature over the centuries.
A magical site to discover with the family.

La Mer de Rochers - Gard: After climbing the narrow alleys of Sauve leading to the upper part of the village, we take a path that winds through the walls of ruined stones, remains of old dwellings, constructions, cisterns or low walls of support of old agricultural terraces.

The astonishing limestone chaos is slowly revealed over a network of small paths protected by lush nature.
Fantastic rocks with improbable shapes stand in the middle of dense vegetation, of the garrigue type, consisting mainly of holm oaks and laurels with sauce.

These stone giants, shaped by time, wind and rain, form a magical landscape which could seem "lunar", if it were not for this thick vegetation covering the site.
This abundant nature originates from the "terra rossa", a land so rich that until the middle of the 20th century, abundant orchards of cherry, peach, fig and hackberry trees were cultivated by the Sauvains.
Subsequently, faced with the difficulty of working these rugged lands, the exploitation of orchards was abandoned and the garrigue resumed its rights.

On the marked trail (about 5.5 km) that runs through the site, you will come across the "Castellas", an emblematic construction of Sauve.
In 1704, the Languedoc Roussillon intendant of Basville ordered to enclose the rock of the castellas in the walls of Sauve and to build a sentry box there.
There is no doubt that this place constituted a privileged site for the surveillance of a very large sector.
Finally, on the outskirts of the Rocky Sea, is the Roquevaire castle, the remains of a castle whose origin remains uncertain.
Although partially in ruins, one can still appreciate the foundations of the ramparts, sections of walls and a high tower now restored.
Chaos of rocks in the scrubland, shaped by the erosion that has formed giant statues.
It overlooks the roofs of the medieval village of Sauve.

Free access.
Brochure available at the Tourist Offices of Sauve and Quissac.

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30610 SAUVE

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