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Sainte-Enimie

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Sainte-Enimie - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Lozère
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Nestling at the heart of the remarkable Tarn Gorges, the wonderful village of Sainte-Enimie, listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France, is ideal for a relaxing stroll. The

picturesque paved side streets, dotted with limestone houses and vaulted passages, the Romanesque church of Notre-Dame-du-Gourg, Burle spring, whose miraculous properties are said to have cured the Merovingian Princess Enimie in the 6th century, and the old Benedictine monastery, of which the chapel and chapterhouse remain, make it a popular destination with lovers of old buildings.

Perched on high ground around a meander of the Tarn, Sainte-Enimie makes an ideal starting point for a trip down the Tarn Gorges by canoe-kayak or a hike in the surrounding countryside, especially the craggy trail to the hermitage cave, where Sainte Enimie retired at the end of her life.

Dates for your diary: in July there's the medieval comic strip festival, with a programme of exhibitions, workshops, competitions, activities...

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Sainte-Enimie

Sainte-Enimie:

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.

Things to see and do

Sainte-Enimie:

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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Events and festivities

Sainte-Enimie:

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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Village of Sainte-Enimie
Village of Sainte-Enimie
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Walk at the top of Quézac
Walk at the top of Quézac
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Walk at the top of Quézac
Walk at the top of Quézac
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Sainte-Enimie - View from above
Sainte-Enimie - View from above
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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 - Flower Lane
Sainte-Enimie - Flower 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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Covered passage of Sainte-Enimie
Covered passage of Sainte-Enimie
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Old house of Sainte-Enimie
Old house of Sainte-Enimie
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Beautiful little square of Sainte-Enimie
Beautiful little square of Sainte-Enimie
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Lane of Sainte-Enimie
Lane of Sainte-Enimie
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Beautiful sundial of Sainte-Enimie
Beautiful sundial of Sainte-Enimie
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Bridge on the Tarn
Bridge on the Tarn
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Lane of Sainte-Enimie
Lane of Sainte-Enimie
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Gorges du Tarn in Sainte-Enimie
Gorges du Tarn in Sainte-Enimie
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Paved alley of Sainte-Enimie
Paved alley 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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In the village of Sainte-Enimie
In the village of Sainte-Enimie
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Lane in the village of Sainte-Enimie
Lane in the village of Sainte-Enimie
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Pretty facade of Sainte-Enimie
Pretty facade 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 - View from above
Sainte-Enimie - View from above
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Lane in the village of Sainte-Enimie
Lane in the village of Sainte-Enimie
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Floral facade of Sainte-Enimie
Floral facade of Sainte-Enimie
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Sainte-Enimie seen from the cross of Saint-Jean (© Jean Espirat)
Sainte-Enimie seen from the cross of Saint-Jean (© Jean Espirat)
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The day rises on the village of Sainte-Enimie (© Jean Espirat)
The day rises on 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 street of Sainte-Enimie (© Jean Espirat)
A street of Sainte-Enimie (© Jean Espirat)
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A street of Sainte-Enimie (© Jean Espirat)
A street of Sainte-Enimie (© Jean Espirat)
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Alley at dusk (© Jean Espirat)
Alley at dusk (© Jean Espirat)
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Another alley in the evening (© Jean Espirat)
Another alley in the evening (© Jean Espirat)
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Walk at the top of Quézac
Walk at the top of Quézac
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Walk at the top of Quézac
Walk at the top of Quézac
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Walk at the top of Quézac
Walk at the top of Quézac
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Quézac
Quézac
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Walk at the top of Quézac
Walk at the top of Quézac
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Quézac - The bridge arch
Quézac - The bridge arch
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Walk at the top of Quézac
Walk at the top of Quézac
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Walk at the top of Quézac
Walk at the top of Quézac
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Walk at the top of Quézac
Walk at the top of Quézac
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Walk at the top of Quézac
Walk at the top of Quézac
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Walk at the top of Quézac
Walk at the top of Quézac
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