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Gorges du Tarn Causses

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Gorges du Tarn Causses - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Lozère
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Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, Sainte-Enimie is located in Occitania, in the heart of Lozère. It takes place in the gorges of Tarn, high place of tourism green, about thirty kilometers from Mende and Barjac.

Medieval in appearance, the village of Sainte-Enimie takes its name from a Merovingian princess of the seventh century, sanctified for some time to have been miraculously cured of leprosy. Populated since the Neolithic, the territory of the village was mainly developed in the middle of the tenth century with the creation of a Benedictine monastery. Renowned Puy-Roc during the French Revolution, he turned gradually to sheep farming, especially after the destruction of vineyards in the early twentieth century.

Composed of several villages, Boisset, Castelbouc, Champerboux, Hauterives, Prades, Pougnadoires and Saint-Chely-du-Tarn, the old town of Sainte-Enimie is now a tourist place appreciated for its architectural heritage, as well as for its Exceptional landscapes integrated in the heart of the Cévennes National Park.

Geographical information

MunicipalityGorges du Tarn Causses
Postcode48210
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Latitude44.3662980 (N 44° 21’ 59”)
Longitude3.4104750 (E 3° 24’ 38”)
AltitudeFrom 444m to 1105m
Surface area144.22 km²
Population1019 inhabitants
Density7 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMende (27 km, 29 min)
Insee code48146
IntercommunalityCC Gorges Causses Cévennes
DepartmentLozère
TerritoriesLanguedoc-Roussillon, Massif Central
RegionOccitanie

Nearest cities & towns

Laval-du-Tarn9 km (12 min)
Mas-Saint-Chély9.9 km (17 min)
La Malène13.4 km (17 min)
Hures-la-Parade17.3 km (21 min)
Ispagnac17.5 km (22 min)
Balsièges20 km (23 min)
Chanac20 km (28 min)
Esclanèdes22 km (31 min)
Saint-Bauzile25 km (29 min)
La Canourgue26 km (33 min)
Barjac26 km (29 min)
Banassac-Canilhac27 km (35 min)
Mende27 km (30 min)
Les Salelles27 km (36 min)
Saint-Pierre-des-Tripiers27 km (41 min)

Things to see and do

Installed on the slopes of a canyon, the village of Sainte-Enimie can admire an important medieval architecture, like its limestone houses.

Built in the 14th century, the Notre-Dame-du-Gourg church presents a ceramics depicting the life of Saint Enimie, a high-ranking figure in the city. Inside the building you can also admire statues of wood and stone dating from the 12th and 15th centuries. Listed historical monument, it reveals an interesting Romanesque style.

From the old abbey, fortified monastery of Benedictines, there remain today only three rooms: the entrance, the crypt and the chapter house. Founded in the 6th century, it has been classified as an historic monument.

Of Vaucluse type, the source of the Burle would, according to legend, the place where Saint Enimie would have plunged to cure leprosy. In the village, one can also admire several crosses, as well as a hermitage. This cave has been converted over the centuries into a chapel, place of many pilgrimages.

The castle of Prades is a private property registered with the Historical Monuments. Located above the gorges of the Tarn and former property of the priors of Sainte-Enimie, it was built between the twelfth and thirteenth century.

On the left bank of the Tarn, one can discover the ruins of the old castle of Castelbouc. Destroyed during the sixteenth century, according to legend, it housed a lord who had to satisfy all the women of the village while the men had gone on a crusade. He would have died of exhaustion, and his ghost in the shape of a goat would have given his name to the place.

You can also admire the numerous troglodyte houses and other caves that occupy the village of Pougnadoires. In Utopix, you will be seduced by a magical site housing an igloo-shaped sculpture and sculpture-games and indoor and outdoor exhibitions.

Integrated in the Cévennes National Park, the old town of Sainte-Enimie allows you to appreciate the local flora and fauna for a few marked hikes. The place counts indeed seven classified sites in natural zone of ecological interest, faunistic and floristic: the causse of Sauveterre, the causse Mejean, the gorges of the Tarn ideal to be initiated to water sports as the kayak, the upper gorges of the Tarn, the upper gorges of Tarn du Rozier in Montbrun, or the plain of Chanet. Note that the Gorges du Tarn are also classified Natura 2000 and therefore represent a site preserved and monitored.

The town is perfect for many outdoor sports activities such as paragliding, via ferrata, climbing, horseback riding or gliding.

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Monuments

Events and festivities

In summer, Sainte-Enimie hosts a craft night market on Thursday evening.

A Comic Strip Festival takes place in June with dedications and meetings.

In May, the village of Sainte-Enimie offers its trail of mouflons with a course of 12 kilometers in the Causse de Sauveterre, as well as a hiking.

In October, on the 6th, Sainte-Enimie celebrates its patron saint with a local festival and a well-followed regional pilgrimage.

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Sainte-Enimie Village
Sainte-Enimie Village
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High Quezac ride
High Quezac ride
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High Quezac ride
High Quezac ride
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Sainte-Enimie - Top view
Sainte-Enimie - Top view
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Quézac - The bridge in early spring
Quézac - The bridge in early spring
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Sainte-Enimie - Source of Burle
Sainte-Enimie - Source of Burle
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Sainte-Enimie - flowers Lane
Sainte-Enimie - flowers Lane
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General view of Sainte-Enimie
General view of Sainte-Enimie
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Church of Sainte-Enimie
Church of Sainte-Enimie
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Walkway of Sainte-Enimie
Walkway of Sainte-Enimie
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Old house in Sainte-Enimie
Old house in Sainte-Enimie
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Nice place Sainte-Enimie
Nice place Sainte-Enimie
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Ruelle Sainte-Enimie
Ruelle Sainte-Enimie
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Beautiful sundial of Sainte-Enimie
Beautiful sundial of Sainte-Enimie
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Bridge over the Tarn
Bridge over the Tarn
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Ruelle Sainte-Enimie
Ruelle Sainte-Enimie
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Gorges du Tarn Sainte-Enimie
Gorges du Tarn Sainte-Enimie
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Sainte-Enimie paved alley
Sainte-Enimie paved alley
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In the village of Sainte-Enimie
In the village of Sainte-Enimie
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In the village of Sainte-Enimie
In the village of Sainte-Enimie
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In the village of Sainte-Enimie
In the village of Sainte-Enimie
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In the village of Sainte-Enimie
In the village of Sainte-Enimie
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In the village of Sainte-Enimie
In the village of Sainte-Enimie
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In the village of Sainte-Enimie
In the village of Sainte-Enimie
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In the village of Sainte-Enimie
In the village of Sainte-Enimie
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Alley in the village of Sainte-Enimie
Alley in the village of Sainte-Enimie
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Pretty front of Sainte-Enimie
Pretty front of Sainte-Enimie
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Small square of Sainte-Enimie
Small square of Sainte-Enimie
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pretty stones
pretty stones
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Sainte-Enimie - Top view
Sainte-Enimie - Top view
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Alley in the village of Sainte-Enimie
Alley in the village of Sainte-Enimie
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ornate facade of Sainte-Enimie
ornate facade of Sainte-Enimie
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Sainte-Enimie to the cross of St. John (© Jean Espirat)
Sainte-Enimie to the cross of St. John (© Jean Espirat)
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The sun rises over the village of Sainte-Enimie (© Jean Espirat)
The sun rises over the village of Sainte-Enimie (© Jean Espirat)
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One of the entrances to the village of Sainte-Enimie (© Jean Espirat)
One of the entrances to the village of Sainte-Enimie (© Jean Espirat)
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A lane of Sainte-Enimie (© Jean Espirat)
A lane of Sainte-Enimie (© Jean Espirat)
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A lane of Sainte-Enimie (© Jean Espirat)
A lane of Sainte-Enimie (© Jean Espirat)
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Alley at dusk (© Jean Espirat)
Alley at dusk (© Jean Espirat)
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Other alley at night (© Jean Espirat)
Other alley at night (© Jean Espirat)
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High Quezac ride
High Quezac ride
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High Quezac ride
High Quezac ride
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High Quezac ride
High Quezac ride
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Quézac
Quézac
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High Quezac ride
High Quezac ride
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Quézac - The arch of the bridge
Quézac - The arch of the bridge
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High Quezac ride
High Quezac ride
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High Quezac ride
High Quezac ride
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High Quezac ride
High Quezac ride
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High Quezac ride
High Quezac ride
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High Quezac ride
High Quezac ride
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Blajoux
Blajoux
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Blajoux
Blajoux
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Blajoux
Blajoux
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Blajoux
Blajoux
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Blajoux
Blajoux
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Blajoux
Blajoux
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Weather

Tuesday 7 december
Min. -3°C - Max. 6°C
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Wednesday 8 december
Min. 1°C - Max. 4°C
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Thursday 9 december
Min. -2°C - Max. 3°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit Caussenarde Farm of Yesteryear
Culture and education3 € to 6 € Hures-la-Parade (17.9 km)
Canoe kayak hire in the Tarn Gorges
Sports sensations14 € to 25 € Mostuéjouls (26 km)
Two-seater tandem paraglider flight over the Grands Causses
Sports sensations60 € to 150 € Millau (38 km)
Karting at Les Bouscaillous leisure park
Sports sensations17 € to 70 € Millau (40 km)
Trek with pack donkeys
Nature and the great outdoors58 € to 280 € Val-d'Aigoual (42 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Saint-Gervais Path
HikeIntermediate4h00Hures-la-Parade (14.4 km)
Path along the ridges of Mount Lozère
HikeEasy2h00Pont de Montvert - Sud Mont Lozère (27 km)
Finiels Summit
HikeIntermediate4h00Pont de Montvert - Sud Mont Lozère (27 km)
The vaulted fountains
All-terrain bike itineraryEasy2h40Sévérac d'Aveyron (28 km)
Outing to Les Esperelles and Ancise Pass
HikeIntermediate3h00Ventalon en Cévennes (36 km)

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