Down in the valley Cernon a lovely winding road through one of the most beautiful hardwood forests of Causse, Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon discover a charming fortified village at the foot of the Larzac plateau, in a wooded valley and welcoming.
When in the 12th century, the Templars settled on the Larzac, they built a commandery, the best preserved in France.
The Hospitallers, who succeeded them until the Revolution, and the continued development of the village. In the 15th century, they did build fortifications by Déodat Alaus, master mason of Saint-Beauzély from 1442 to 1450, pregnant, corner towers still exist in their entirety.
Place: Fountain, inside its walls on the shady square, was built in the 17th century.
The Church: The Romanesque church of the Knights Templar whose meaning has been reversed in the 17th century. From this period dates the baroque portal opened on the square.
The Templar and Hospitaller Commandery: During the open house, or audio-guided tour, go through 600 years of history to the discovery of an exceptionally rich historical heritage which will transport you to the daily lives of these monks, soldiers: the Romanesque church, the courtyard and community building (room murals, graffiti and the watchtower, the monks' dormitory, the hall of honor).
The bike track Larzac.
The Reptile House.
Visit farm Frayssinet.
EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS
During the summer, many activities are organized:
The summer of Larzac (pageant of life in the Middle Ages in a medieval camp).
Markets every Thursday afternoon.
The festival of singing stones in July.
Unsuppresses the assassin commander in April, May, July and August.
Bright night in July and August.
The salt road in August.
The festival of chamber music Larzac in August.
Exposure in the commander in July-August.
Garage sale on the 2nd Wednesday of August.
The votive festival the third weekend of August.
Out of season:
The hunt for Easter eggs in March.
Heritage Days in September.
In search of the lost skeleton in October.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
The Tourist Office offers many tours to discover the territory. Remember that you are in an area classified by UNESCO in 2011 for Agro-pastoralism.
On the Road of the Templars and Hospitallers (80.5 km advised over two days):
Start your day admiring the beautiful panorama offered by the circus of St. Paul of Fonts! From this height, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the fort of Saint-Jean d'Alcas small Cistercian gem worth a stop on your itinerary. The walled enclosure of a harmonious regularity, was a refuge for farmers and their herds in case of danger. After a visit of about 1 hour, keep your day in the direction of Viala-du-Pas-de-Compiegne.
By the D559 to Tournemire and turn right by the D93 direction Viala-du-Pas-de-Compiegne. On the road, you can see the edge of a lavogne, natural fed for collecting rainwater for herds of "muttons" (sheep) to drink.
Le Viala-du-Pas-de-Compiegne, and monumental tower will welcome you to discover break. Vivid illustration of the agropastoral Larzac plateau, the tower of Viala-du-Pas-de-Compiegne was built in the 15th century, next to the ancient buildings of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, to secure the people, their property and animals. Walk straight to Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon.
For the D23 towards l'Hospitalet du Larzac to peak Cougouille then return to the fork and take the D561 to Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon. Along the way, the beautiful view of the Larzac since the peak of Cougouille well worth a detour. Leave your car at the bottom and walk a few minutes to reach the top. Turn around and go to the Templar Commandery Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon, the best preserved in France. Its past medieval fortified town, Sainte-Eulalie has retained most of its walls, towers, gates and church. On the square, facing the commander, you can cool around the shaded fountain erected in the 17th century and discover the beautiful partly Romanesque church.
Follow directions Cavalry by D77 and the D227 and D999. Cavalry arrived at the other site Templar Hospital, browse the streets of the city and go to the ramparts for a remarkable view. Continue your tour to discover now the valley side.
Leave the Cavalry towards Nant by D999. At the end of the Cavalry, on your left, the Larzac military camp, the subject of the fight in 1971. The Ministry of Defence (Debre) officially announced the extension of the military camp, a hundred farms were to disappear or be amputated. Farmers then engage in a fight that will last 10 years, a resistor which is organized with support from all walks of life.
Arriving at Nant Valley side you are now, Dourbie Valley. This charismatic little village is rich in Romanesque art.
Just before leaving the village, turn right direction "La Couvertoirade". Then turn right onto the D7 and then left onto the D55. Reached Couvertoirade, take the time to discover this village classified as "most beautiful villages in France". The Templar and Hospitaller city reflects a cultural richness, its Templar castle (historical monument). The Templar castle was built in the late 12th century on the rocky outcrop of the village. Its mission, until the construction of the walls in the 15th century, has been to protect the villagers in case of attack, evidenced by its Barbican, this primitive enclosure as well as the remains of a gatehouse, located above his front door. The fortifications, the city of La Couvertoirade retains all of its walls, built in the mid 15th century. From 1346, the "road" plunder the Larzac. It is fear of the gangs that villagers in 1439 asking permission to fortify the village.
After this stop in La Couvertoirade, join the road turning on your right, follow the D7 to the village of Cornus. You are now on the side of the valley of the Sorgue.
Management Fondamente by D7.
By D93, go to St. Beaulize on the Larzac plateau. Enjoy craft beer, the Caussenarde and all their dairy farm brewery Mas Andral.
Join Saint-Paul-des-Fonts, and your circle will be closed!
The Larzac lavognes: Throughout this course you will discover the lavognes at each stop (56 km circuit):
A Lavogne (or Lavagne) is for watering herds that graze on the Larzac. They are nearly circular ponds. By definition, they are artificial but yet it is very rare that they are dug in their entirety. Most of the time it comes to natural hollow redesigned: the fund is sometimes paved, and it is still sealed (usually clay) to hold water as long as possible. The lavognes part of the cultural heritage.
Start your tour of La Couvertoirade website Templar and Hospitaller ranked "most beautiful villages in France". Head to the end of the village towards the south gate and turn left onto the lavogne.
At the end of Couvertoirade, turn right and continue on the D55. Then turn left on D7, join the Blaquererie.
Turn left on D7 and then at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the D809 in the direction of L'Hospitalet-du-Larzac.
Join the Cavalry by the D809.
Then Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon direction, the D999 and turn left by the D277. On the right, the D77. Enjoy this stop to visit the Reptile Larzac or practice vélorail.
Take the direction of the D561 and turn right on the D23 and join Viala Pas de Compiegne.
Turn right onto the D23. Arrived at the roundabout take the 3rd exit still the D23. Turn right onto the D559 and then left on the D93. Then take a slight right onto the D516 and also slightly to the right of the D516E, you get to Saint-Jean-d'Alcas to finish your course.
Circuit Family around Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon (15 km circuit):
To this day dedicated to the family, the Tourist Office suggests discover Reptilarium Larzac which offers travel across continents discovering a hundred living reptiles. Accompanied by their breeders, boas, pythons, crocodiles and other exotic reptiles welcome you to a fun and educational visit. Throughout the tour, you dive into an exotic world, with among other things, the discovery of the nursery. This little visit about an hour delight as large as small children!
Take the opportunity to take a walk in the Templar and Hospitaller Commandery Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon. Its past medieval fortified place this village has retained most of its walls, its towers.
A bit of sport for everyone, the Larzac Vélorail overlooks the famous Valley Cernon. The centenary railway now offers a superb heritage railway structures with 12 tunnels and viaducts six perfectly preserved. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Templar capital Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon, Lapanouse de Cernon and the hilltop village of La Bastide-Pradines. You are offered with two routes to choose a roundtrip vélorail a go vélorail and return tourist train or a trip on a tourist train. Reservations recommended for this activity.
For the D77 and turn right to the hamlet of Frayssinet. Visit a farm (the visit is mandatory reservation throughout the year).
Circuit Bridges around Cernon (12km circuit):
Directorate La Bastide-Pradines on the left (D560) or borrow the Millau Viaduct, the output Cavalry. La Bastide-Pradines is built on a steep site extending over a long gray rocky ridge overlooking the valley Cernon and is sheltered by the Larzac plateau. The bridge with two arches, one light donkey and the other arch, is discovered. Then the direction of the village Lapanouse de Cernon which also has a beautiful bridge.
For the D77 and turn left for a few kilometers, arrived in the village. Bridge Lapanouse de Cernon, a length of 30.20 m, is two semicircular arches. The village contains a beautiful Romanesque church, St. Martial, with a tower dating from the 19th century. The route ends in a playful way to vélorail of Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon.
By the D561 to Sainte-Eulalie then direction the old station where the starting point of vélorail. Circuits borrow a portion of track where you cross viaducts and bridges, while enjoying the view that awaits you!