The common Montpezat-sous-Bauzon extends over 27 km ² which rise 409 feet above sea level plain of Champagne, to 1471 meters above sea level at the top of Suc Bauzon. Since prehistoric times, the village was built Montpezat on the nature trail that leads from the valley to the highlands Ardèche.
Axis of strategic communications for the Romans, it became the must-have for carriers who, from the 12th to the 18th century are going to go through this process all kinds of goods, resulting in the birth of a hotel business and commercial importance. In 1693, there were 65 inns in the town, not counting those, less prestigious, hamlets. The pilgrims joining Le Puy to take the path of Saint Jacques de Compostela are also halt at the inns and priories in the village. Craft also: millers, shoemakers, weavers, bakers, knife makers, blacksmiths, throwing exercise their trades in the heart of a town which will count up to 3,000 souls in 1876 (Montpezat then feuded with Aubenas ....). With the construction of the road to Chavade, the arrival of the automobile and the abandonment of a railway project the village will see its population decline until 1990.
The geological history is to go with five volcanoes:
The Graven, former Strombolian cone of 806 meters.
Le Chambon, cut into the base to retrieve cut stones for the construction of some houses in the village.
The Suc to Bauzon, highest peak of the village to 1471 meters.
The Vestida of Pal is one of the finest and largest European maar craters.
Lake Ferrand, a small maar crater filled with water flow.
You can get to the Tourist Office topo guides to help you take the walking paths that lead to these sites.
The Fontaulière is the epitome of the river Cevennes: capricious and unpredictable. It begins at the entrance to the crater of the Vestida Pal and falls below 24 km Pont-de-Labeaume under Castle Ventadour. A hike you also proposed to the Tourism Office to discover some of this wild valley, its flora and its corners bathing. It is also the must-attend event for many lovers of fishing.
The Pourseille, born in the hamlet Pal, she finished her course 5 km down by a fall of 32 meters in Fontaulière behind the castle Pourcheyrolles.
Control sites of its long and rich history are still visible: the castle Pourcheyrolles, Monltlaur and Lesser Town, the church of Our Lady of Prévenchères; the Priory Clastres; Calvary, the Roman road "Julius Caesar"; the béalière; bridges, "the path of debt," "pyramid" topped Notre Dame de Bon Conseil, piety to which Marie Rivier prayed.