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Tornac is a small village in the Gard that takes place from the last buttresses of the Cevennes to the garrigue. Located in the heart of Occitania, it is a few kilometers from Alès, on the border of Anduze and its famous pottery.

Very ancient, the town is rich of a history carried by the pottery industry. Once the seat of an abbey founded in the 7th century by the Benedictines, the village of Tornac still unveils today a significant number of monuments to discover the time of walks in the alleys. He has preserved vestiges of all his golden ages, whether religious or secular monuments.

Ideally located, the village allows you to discover the most beautiful towns in the Gard, while immersing yourself in the local culture. Lovers of fine wines will also appreciate the production of wine using vines to 40% organic farming.

Geographical information

Latitude44.0226780 (N 44° 1’ 22”)
Longitude3.9979290 (E 3° 59’ 53”)
AltitudeFrom 117m to 421m
Surface area19.68 km²
Population899 inhabitants
Density45 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNîmes (27 mi, 50 min)
Insee code30330
IntercommunalityCA Alès Agglomération

Nearest cities & towns

Massillargues-Attuech2.1 mi (9 min)
Anduze3 mi (8 min)
Durfort-et-Saint-Martin-de-Sossenac3.6 mi (8 min)
Lézan4.1 mi (8 min)
Saint-Jean-de-Crieulon5.3 mi (10 min)
Cardet5.5 mi (11 min)
Générargues5.5 mi (13 min)
Saint-Nazaire-des-Gardies5.6 mi (12 min)
Fressac5.7 mi (12 min)
Corbès6 mi (16 min)
Saint-Jean-de-Serres6.1 mi (13 min)
Canaules-et-Argentières6.7 mi (14 min)
Bagard7.1 mi (15 min)
Boisset-et-Gaujac7.2 mi (14 min)

Things to see and do

Partly destroyed, the monastery of Tornac was once the seat of an ancient Benedictine abbey. Completely ruined in the eighth century, it was once under the protection of Charlemagne, before being ruined again during the sixteenth century. Private property today, it can be admired from the outside.

The church of Saint-Baudile was built in the course of the twelfth century. Romanesque, it is built in the shape of a Latin cross. Inscribed in the Historical Monuments, it was rebuilt in the seventeenth century, then restored at the end of the last century following a fire during the War of the Camisards. It takes place in a charming setting of cypress and vineyards, offering an unobstructed view of the ruins of the abbey of Tornac.

You will be able to appreciate the ruins of the old church of Savignac, also of Romanesque style. Built in the 12th century, it is now private property. It is astonishing by its particular architecture with a vaulted apse in the bottom of the oven and original openings in the form of loopholes.

Still in restoration, the castle of Tornac was built between the XIth and the XIIth century. Overlooking the right bank of the Gardon d'Anduze, it used to protect the entrance of the Cévennes and Anduze. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of the neighboring town and the vineyard of the town.

Particularity of Tornac, the village houses the intersection of the 44th parallel north and the 4th meridian east of Greenwich.

Events and festivities

Partially organized in Tornac, the AVeC'envie festival offers in May a program of live shows in all the Cevennes.

As of July 14, the village organizes its popular ball and its fireworks.

In November, Tornac celebrates its new wine festival with tastings and animations.


Saturday 22 july
Min. 21°C - Max. 36°C
Sunday 23 july
Min. 22°C - Max. 36°C
Monday 24 july
Min. 20°C - Max. 36°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Maiden flight over the Gard garrigue
Sports sensations65 € to 130 € Seynes (15.7 mi)
Provençal cookery lessons
Local flavours150 € Arpaillargues-et-Aureillac (19.3 mi)
1900 Museum
Entertainment7 € to 9 € Arpaillargues-et-Aureillac (19.4 mi)
Relax at a private Spa with garden and pool
Well-being110 € to 450 € Uzès (21 mi)
Canoeing in the Gardon Gorges
Sports sensations12 € to 23 € Collias (24 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Sea of Rocks
HikeEasy1h00Sauve (6.2 mi)
Vineyard trail
HikeEasy1h15Brissac (17.7 mi)
Mine au Bois Dormant Path
HikeIntermediate3h00Robiac-Rochessadoule (18.5 mi)
Outing to Les Esperelles and Ancise Pass
HikeIntermediate3h00Ventalon en Cévennes (19.9 mi)
The lost trails
HikeIntermediate5h00Bonnevaux (24 mi)


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