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Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gard

Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort, the city to the thirteen fountains ...

The traveler discovers the beautiful foothills of the Cevennes circus where niche Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort: magical, gateway to the Cévennes, a crossroads between the country chestnut trees and vines.

Crossed by the waters of Vidourle - capricious coastal river - the city to the thirteen fountains sundials and 20 saw mills thrive, tanneries, draperies, manufacturers of clogs ... Now controlled by three dams clipping, its gigantic floods (the Vidourlades) do more than threaten the peace of cigalois. Pastor stayed to develop its research and try to save the silk industry of the disease that decimated the silkworm: pebrine.

The Silk Museum is a reminder of the fascinating history of the silk to Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort.

Geographical information

Latitude43.9652940 (N 43° 57’ 55”)
Longitude3.8577100 (E 3° 51’ 28”)
AltitudeFrom 135m to 547m
Surface area29.38 km²
Population3935 inhabitants
Density133 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNîmes (49 km, 53 min)
Insee code30263
IntercommunalityCC du Piémont Cévenol

Nearest cities & towns

Cros4.7 km (9 min)
La Cadière-et-Cambo4.8 km (7 min)
Conqueyrac5.2 km (7 min)
Monoblet7.3 km (12 min)
Montoulieu8.3 km (10 min)
Sauve9.3 km (10 min)
Pompignan10.3 km (15 min)
Durfort-et-Saint-Martin-de-Sossenac10.3 km (12 min)
Fressac10.6 km (12 min)
Saint-Bonnet-de-Salendrinque11.6 km (18 min)
Moulès-et-Baucels11.6 km (12 min)
Vabres12.7 km (21 min)
Lasalle13 km (21 min)
Laroque13.3 km (16 min)

Things to see and do

A stroll over to Vidourle Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort ...

In the early 18th century, in times of war Camisards, the city is surrounded by an enclosure which meanders from the tower of Vidourle Saint Louis to Fort Vauban. Down the road from Cros, is the capture of the fountains. This book surmounted by a circular dome, built on the bank of the Vidourle, is the starting point for most of the 13 fountains Cigaloises.

The old railway viaduct has arcades of stone thrown in a curve over the Vidourle next to the medieval tower of round, turn called St. Louis. There's also a large Protestant church (probably the largest in France, compared with that of Anduze) built in the neoclassical style, with colonnade in front, in the early 19th century, it has the distinction of having a large German organ invoice and two bell towers.

Walking along the banks of this river, experience the tower of St. Louis, mills, old mills, tanneries, 13 fountains, the castle of Graves (private property listed building), Fort Vauban, the temple, then barracks, built under Louis 14th to house dragons, today houses the Silk Museum and the tourist office.

Interpretive trail of Cultural Heritage "Convicéncia and Resistencia."

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Make solidarity: end of February.

Forum Durfort Book: 3rd Saturday in March.

Festival of comics and book travel: a biennial 1st Sunday of July. Information +33 4 66 77 20 33.

Total Festum: 3rd Saturday of June.

Les Nuits Saint Hippo: 3rd Friday of July. Information +33 4 66 77 91 12.

National Rally Cigalois: 1st weekend of September. Information +33 4 66 77 67 73.

Book Forum: early December.


The Boulevard du Temple and the College of Galaberte
The Boulevard du Temple and the College of Galaberte
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Fontaine (© Jane Davy CG 30)
Fontaine (© Jane Davy CG 30)
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Magnanerie Museum of Silk (The Silk Museum ©)
Magnanerie Museum of Silk (The Silk Museum ©)
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Art Gallery (© Deryckere Rika)
Art Gallery (© Deryckere Rika)
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Tuesday 24 october
Min. 9°C - Max. 24°C
Wednesday 25 october
Min. 7°C - Max. 23°C
Thursday 26 october
Min. 5°C - Max. 25°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Terroir: Visits, tastings and events in the various cellars and cooperatives. Pélardon productions, chestnut, honey, sweet onions of the Cevennes, mushrooms, herbs, olive oil, vegetables, charcuterie.

Crafts: Many arts and crafts workshops to visit.


"A horse, in the Cevennes Camarque", 400 km of trail riding with care and advice.

Donkey rides in Saint-Félix-de-Pallières.

Horse Riding in Lasalle, Vabres and Pompignan.

Drives herbalists.

Guided walks.


Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canoe-kayak on the Hérault for all
Nature and the great outdoors32 € to 46 € Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert (36 km)
Maiden flight over the Gard garrigue
Sports sensations60 € to 130 € Seynes (38 km)
Shopping for regional products at Le Panier d'Aimé
Local flavoursFreeMontpellier (39 km)
Montpellier pass: visits, activities, museums and transport included
Culture and education15 € Montpellier (40 km)
Half day around vineyards and olive groves in Languedoc: visits and tastings
Local flavours65 € Montpellier (40 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Sea of Rocks
HikeEasy1h00Sauve (7.8 km)
Vineyard trail
HikeEasy1h15Brissac (15.7 km)
Walk to Navacelles
HikeEasy3h00Campestre-et-Luc (35 km)
Visit to a Knights Templar village
HikeEasy3h00Campestre-et-Luc (35 km)
Outing to Les Esperelles and Ancise Pass
HikeIntermediate3h00Ventalon-en-Cévennes (36 km)


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