Between the Cevennes and Causses, Saint-Jean du Bruel, located in a green valley at an altitude of 520 m, is crossed by one of the most beautiful rivers in France: "the Doubs".
Historically, this town, formerly a Protestant, had suffered badly the Wars of Religion. Converted to Catholicism after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the church was rebuilt in 1710, but the village retains its temple.
Saint-Jean-du-Bruel canning houses three blocks, enough to satisfy lovers of local produce!
Saint-Jean-du-Bruel has a remarkable heritage: the Old Bridge in a single arch (XIII c.), The Pont Neuf (XVIII c.), The floor, the hall (rebuilt in 1845). Its picturesque streets have names evocative of the past activities (Cooperage, Potters, Sabotiers ...) such as the street of "Three Porches," Street of "Cutlery", the street of "Cacao," Street the "Planquette" ...
Space for Water Noria Noria was born in the walls of the old mill restored 13th century. The challenge to the game, Space Water offers several rooms, an educational tour around the water, contemplative, interactive and fun in an area of 1000 square meters, traveled by river Dourbie.
Many activities are available: around the river (swimming, fishing ...), hikes from the village, outdoor sports (biking, climbing).
EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS
Every Thursday: "Large Market".
Flea market: the first Sunday in August.
Village festival: the second weekend of August.
Exhibitions home park.
Guided tours ...
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
The Tourist Office offers many tours to discover the territory. An example: the circuit of Water:
Leaving Saint-Jean-du-Bruel towards Mont Aigoual. For the D341 then the D151 towards Dourbie Espérou and D986 / D269 Mont Aigoual. The Espérou is a small residential center surrounded by woods and grassland, southern exposure, sheltered from northerly winds. It is frequented in summer for its site and its altitude (1230 m), for its winter ski station of Prat-Peyrot.
From the top of the tower of the observatory on Mount Aigoual, often snowy, you will have a huge panorama of the Causses and the Cevennes, and when the weather is clear, on the mountains of Cantal, Mont Ventoux, the Alps, the plain of Languedoc, the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. We can not ask for more! The meteorological observatory currently houses Meteo France open to the public. On the mount, it is 226 days a year of bad weather and this is the point of France receiving the most rainfall in terms of quantity: 2000 mm / year. The winds can blow up to 250 km / h. The weather station records temperature and humidity, atmospheric pressure, direction and wind speed, snow depths and water fell. There is also a museum of old tools and weather slideshows and photos on the living conditions at the station. After this little breath of fresh air, steering the Bramabiau peak.
In the D986 and D157, direction Lanuéjols / Camprieu. Refreshments available at Mount Aigoual or Espérou. The stream of Happiness, which rises at the foot of Mount Aigoual, the neck of the Sereyède, once flowed on the small plateau of Camprieu. From there, he rushed cascading into the valley below. Abandoning his bed, Happiness burrows into the mesa. After an underground journey of over 700 m, out comes a tall, narrow crack and burst in a rocky area in a beautiful waterfall. The tour lasts just over an hour and you will discover the caves and cavities excavated by this unique underground river. After this stop, direction Saint-Jean-du-Bruel.
In the D157 and D47. Few hundred meters after the Bramabiau abyss, towards Trier, one crosses the road to the gorges of Trevezel. Between Aigoual and Valley Dourbie, the Trevezel chaotic flows in a bed. The valley narrows gradually to become a defile between steep hillsides surmounted by high cliffs colored.
The day ends with water in the area of Saint-Jean-du-Bruel water Noria.