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Génolhac - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gard

Génolhac, medieval city...

Among the first lords of Génolhac, there are Bermond Anduze, nephew of Count Raymond VII. So under his rule, in 1234, the region politically switches to Catharism. Louis IX and Pope quickly subdue this alliance of the enemies of the Christian faith and the Languedoc attached to the Kingdom of France in 1242.

Following this, William IV of Randon, wishing consolidate his power in his lordship, requires the construction of a convent. In 1302, after a fierce political battle, the Dominicans finally settled in Génolhac.

With the Hundred Years War, it was the English who tried to invade the lands of Génolhac. Rebel at heart, the Cevennes vindicated their membership of the Kingdom of France and drove the English. Unfortunately Génolhac suffered the brunt of the ravages of the Black Death in 1349.

Follows a more prosperous period: Renaissance. The relaxation of morals ensuing Luther leads to demand a return to the roots of Christianity. The mass Cévenols adhere to this new religion: Protestantism. The Huguenots while trying to impose around Mont Lozère, but are hunted down and burned on public square. During the War of Camisards that may especially remember the heroic acts and controversial Jouany, camisard leader, and 12,000 men who were killed.

The hamlet of Bridge Rastel: Although this hamlet is part of the municipality of Génolhac, it is so close to Chamborigaud that some consider him a part of the village. Once the home of the writer Jean Pierre Chabrol, Bridge Rastel keeps surprising by its dynamism. This small hamlet of farmers and miners, accessible by a beautiful sixteenth-century bridge attached to a former silk, offers quasi-permanent animations.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude44.3505330 (N 44° 21’ 2”)
Longitude3.9502660 (E 3° 57’ 1”)
AltitudeFrom 293m to 1416m
Surface area17.30 km²
Population879 inhabitants
Density50 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNîmes (82 km, 1h24)
Insee code30130
IntercommunalityCC des Hautes Cévennes

Nearest cities & towns

Concoules6.7 km (11 min)
Chamborigaud7.6 km (11 min)
Sénéchas8.4 km (15 min)
Vialas9.4 km (14 min)
Aujac10.3 km (17 min)
Chambon12.4 km (19 min)
La Vernarède12.9 km (19 min)
Saint-André-Capcèze13.8 km (21 min)
Ponteils-et-Brésis14 km (22 min)
Peyremale14 km (20 min)
Portes14.9 km (20 min)
Bonnevaux14.9 km (26 min)
Villefort16.1 km (22 min)
Sainte-Cécile-d'Andorge17.7 km (31 min)
Malbosc18.9 km (29 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points


The headband
The headband
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Bellecoste Hamlet
Bellecoste Hamlet
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Aerial view
Aerial view
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Sunday 24 september
Min. 10°C - Max. 29°C
Monday 25 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 26°C
Tuesday 26 september
Min. 12°C - Max. 26°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Show at the farm theatre
Entertainment12 € Lablachère (24 km)
Canyoning or via ferrata in Ardèche
Sports sensations39 € to 45 € Sanilhac (32 km)
Canoeing kayaks on the Gorges de l'Ardèche
Sports sensations18 € to 45 € Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (36 km)
Discover the Ardèche Gorges by canoe
Nature and the great outdoors28 € to 155 € Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (36 km)
Maiden flight over the Gard garrigue
Sports sensations60 € to 130 € Seynes (37 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The lost trails
HikeIntermediate5h00Bonnevaux (6 km)
Tour of Villefort Lake
HikeEasy2h30Villefort (9.9 km)
Outing to Les Esperelles and Ancise Pass
HikeIntermediate3h00Ventalon-en-Cévennes (10 km)
Path along the ridges of Mount Lozère
HikeEasy2h00Pont-de-Montvert-Sud-Mont-Lozère (16.4 km)
Finiels Summit
HikeIntermediate4h00Pont-de-Montvert-Sud-Mont-Lozère (16.4 km)


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