Some holiday ideas following the thread of the seasons...

During the hot weather there are such a wide selection of activities that there is something to please everyone :

  • swimming
    Swimming

    One of the best things about summer is swimming...there are some beautiful refreshing spots in the local rivers which you can discover during your visit. Some of the unspoilt places are :

    • Avèze : the old bridge, park at the entrance of the public campsite.
    • Aulas : the old washing site in the village.
    • Aumessas : the old washing site at the entrance to the village (signed)
    • Molières-Cavaillac : the Tessonne, at Cavaillac close to the camp site "La Tessonne"
    • Bréau-Salagosse: the Rieumage, 1km past Bréau on the way to Salagosse.
    • St-Laurent-le-Minier: the Meuse waterfall ("cascade") by the bridge.

    Surrounding area :

    • Valleraugue : the stretch of smooth water, Mouretou, 2kms after Valleraugue on the road to Mont Aigoual.
    • Camprieu : the lake ("lac") du Bonheur.
    • Dourbies : the public campsite.

    Swimming pool

    The public swimming pool is open every day in July and August from 11.30 a.m. to 6.00p.m..
    There are three pools : a 25m pool, a pool 1.20m deep and a paddling pool.

    There is also a 170m² pool, full of inflatables, in the leisure park at the entrance to le Vigan : a good place to visit with friends or family.

    in one of many different rivers , or in the swimming pool at Le Vigan.
  • canoeing
    Canoe

    Twenty or so kms from le Vigan you can set off on an adventure on the river Herault. Rent a canoe or kayak (waterproof containers are provided) and then you are ready for a day on the river. There are some quiet backwaters for picnicking, and beautiful places to swim...remember your sunhats and sun cream!

    A minibus will take you back to the starting point.

    on the Herault
  • canyoning
    Canyoning, climbing, bungee jumping and via ferrata

    People who enjoy high adrenalin sports can take advantage of the following :

    Canyoning:

    abseiling down a mountain stream and swimming in deep pools of crystal clear water provide unforgettable moments.

    Climbing :

    for beginners or the experienced, there are some beautiful routes over granite rock faces.

    Via ferrata :

    accessible to all, a safe way to try climbing and a unique way of admiring the view!

    All the equipment is provided for these three activities.

    Bungee jumping :

    guaranteed excitement and a unique experience !
    The pont (bridge) de Valcroze, 50m high, is situated about 25kms from Le Vigan, just after Alzon on the Milllau road. Bungee jumping is available every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon during July and August.

    on the slopes of the Aigoual accompanied by a professional guide,knowledgeable in local flora and fauna.
  • numerous  walks
    Walking

    The 450kms of signed walks provide an enjoyable way of discovering the differing landscapes of the le Vigan countryside.

    There are walks for all abilities, from gentle family strolls to challenging mountain routes : there is something for everyone.

    There are free leaflets available from the tourist office "Le sentier de l'Arre" (a walk round Arre) and the "sentier botanique" (botanical walk) (Moulins de la Foux) that are both short family walks lasting an hour or two. There are also two collections of 15 different walks (5 euros each), "La vallée de la Vis, des Causses et de l'Oiselette" and "La vallée de l'Arre et du Coudoulous" which are approx. 3 to 4 hours in length. Many of the routes can be linked to form day length trips.

    There are also qualified, dynamic guides who lead various themed walks, for example orchids, mushrooms, the call of the stags, Protestantism, orienteering, trips out under the stars...

    These take place from spring until autumn, when walking has pride of place :

    • "Walking in Springtime" in April : walks for all abilities over half, full and two days in the le Vigan area.
    • "Festival of walking in the Cevennes" at Ascension and All Saints : for all abilities across the Cevennes.
    • "Nature Festival" from the spring until autumn, aimed at families and nature lovers.
    , either alone or with a mountain guide.
  • mountain biking
    Cycling and mountain bike riding

    On the smaller D roads you can plan different routes through small villages and varied countryside. The "Holiday Guide" edited by the tourist office, has various suggestions for routes suitable for car or bike. There are some noticeable variations in height in the mountains, providing a challenge for serious cyclists. On the Causse the hills are less pronounced and are probably better suited to family trips out.

    Mountain biking is found on the Aigoual massif, and there is a map of 5 different routes on sale at the tourist office.

    Mountain and road bikes can be rented in the area.

    on designated tracks
  • pony or horse riding
    Horse riding

    Walking or galloping, you can travel at your own pace across the Le Vigan countryside.There are a number of different options :

    • 2 hour trips for beginners
    • day trips to give you time to enjoy both the ride and the scenery
    • trips out over a few days for the initiated

    There is also pony riding available for younger riders in some centres.

  • walking with or riding on a donkey
    Walks with a donkey

    Donkeys are friendly animals, and are not as stubborn as they are made out to be...they can carry your picnics, drinks and younger children (up to 30 kgs). Older children can walk alongside the donkeys.

    Donkeys can be rented for a day or more. Information on how to care for your donkey and recommended routes are provided.

    The donkey centres can book accommodation if your trip lasts for more than a day.

Or one of a number of other activities you can discover once you are here. Ask for the programme of activities from the Tourist Office. In the evening there are numerous village "fetes", evening markets and concerts...