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For over 25 years, we drive through various mapped routes through France.
Every year
our destination Sommieres because there family of our lives.
is never boring, Sommieres is a sweet spot, the setting is lovely, you're near the Mediterranean Sea, you sit at the southern tip of the Cévennes and close to major cities like Nimes and Montpellier.
above all, it's almost always good weather.
we want to share with others this way.

Sommières, a brief description

The city of Sommières is a major road and in the course of history has become a real thoroughfare.
city has grown over the centuries, especially from the Middle Ages.
In part by
the famous fairs and weekly markets Sommières "a trade" where you can not ignore.

originated at the foot of a castle with a beautiful square tower. The character of this place was retained by the fortified gates, arches over the streets and the square with arcades.
The river
Vidourle flows (mostly) quiet under the Roman bridge and gives this city, with about 4500 inhabitants, a special cachet. However, the river may rise for a short time at a high level and in 2002 even led to severe flooding.

The city was once
famous for the manufacture of leather and wool fabric.
also the world famous clay powder "la terre de Sommières" a sepiolite (natural magnesium silicate) that can remove stains, which was produced in mines in Salinelles, a village near Sommières gave the place great fame. The powder was in fact sent from the station of Sommières (hence the name).

The writer
Lawrence Durrell spent here the last days of his life and wrote in L'Esprit des Lieux include: "I must admit that I have seen that nothing is more beautiful than Sommières."
The original Roman
bridge over the Vidourle, which was built by Tiberius, was 190 m long and continues into downtown.
The special feature
of the bridge is that it is inhabited continuously since the Middle Ages and is next to the Ponte Vecchio in Florence to the few inhabited bridges in Europe.
Marché-Bas and the Marché-Haut (the former grain market) constitute the core of the old Sommières.
former castle offers a beautiful view of Sommières and the red roofs and farther down the Cévennes.

is an excellent starting point for tours in the area. A visit to Nimes and Montpellier as well as a visit to the coast with places like the La Grande-Motte, Aigues Morte and Le Grau du Roi can be recommended.
Also a
number of surrounding villages are well worth it.
See the table
For a few years
there is a nice and flat bicycle to Caveirac (Voie Verte) constructed (length 22 km). Its unique feature is that it is built on the spot where once ran the old railway line towards Nîmes.

A little history of Sommières.
The river Vidourle was the beginning of the establishment of the city in antiquity.
The bridge was built by the Romans in the 1st century to cross the river for the purpose of Heerweg (legerweg); a paved langeafstandsweg constructed to connect Nimes to Toulouse.
The castle has the powerful family of the Lords of Anduze and Sauve built and is mentioned for the first time in 1041.
The first industry was that of the leather industry. This activity is a lot of water, which Vidourle lent itself fine.
This activity was located first in the bed of the Vidourle next to the bridge; later in the lower part of the city.
Due to the rapid flooding of the river, all houses built on arches.
In the 12th century the city was a city wall. In the 16th century the city had much to suffer from the unrest in connection with the religious wars.
In 1573 and 1575 was Sommières alternately under Catholic or Protestant authority. The latest act goes back to the early 18th century. The arrival of the railway in 1868 was a great asset for both industry and local trade.


Information about Sommières

Sommieres Office du Tourisme
Sommieres practical The Weather
Activities City Plan
Events The area of Sommieres
Sommieres a Medival town Voie Verte
Sommieres and his history Photographs  
Sommieres Wikipedia Fête Médievale 2009  
Water level Vidourle Moto Club Sommierois
Photographs of Sommieres and environment 2014 L'Artisanat d'Art
      Vignerons du Sommierois
      Vins bio richier Fontanes

Camping & Hotels

Auberge du Pont Romaine

Camping Municipal le Garanel

Camping Domaine de Massereau

Hotel de L'Orange

La Bastide

La Bistoure

La Savonniere

La Sommelière

Le Mas Fontclaire


The Weather


1 week forwards

What is there to see in the area?

In the immediate vicinity

The village high above the plain of the Vidourle, based on his castle.
possesses a remarkable archaeological heritage. Recent excavations have uncovered a Roman district.

The village is built on the slopes of the hills. On the south side crosses the castle (with its magnificent arcades built on the monument standing pigeon) high above the village.
The old village
offers a maze of quiet streets lined with typical houses.

Junas is known for its ancient quarries. By fractures in the rock left by the stonecutters traces on candles appear in the middle of the quarry.
Originally a
medieval village hidden behind the ancient ramparts.

The typical streets of this village have the special characteristic that they recall the coexistence of three religions in the 18th century, including the Quaker community.
was in the 18th century, the home of a group of religious thinkers who were called "Inspired".
having made contact with the Assembly of London they founded the first Quaker meeting in France. The last Quaker Congénies died in 1928

On the rock "Roc Gachone" which is high above the village, are the remains of three windmills and the memory of the castle of Guilhem de Nogaret.
In the 17th
and 18th centuries the Vaunage was the scene of the aftermath of the conflict between Catholics and Protestants.

7.Saint-Etienne d'Escattes
In the center of the hamlet is the Romanesque St-Etienne chapel from the 11th century. The apse is to be seen a strange engraved stone.

Upon entering the village can be reached on foot in the ruins of the Saint-André Chapel.
dates from the 12th century and stands in the middle of the vineyards and has the remains of a magnificent carved ornamentation.
Walk in the
center of the village with a beautiful "circulade" an ingenious circular building system, making the core consisting of the castle and the church could be protected.

This village atop a hill is also a '' circulade "with medieval core and a feudal castle.
The old walls
can still be seen as one of the entrances to the fortified village.

Stroll through the quiet streets of the village if you are looking for traces of the medieval past. On one of the squares is a funny Republican column along a fountain in baroque style.
The village lies
at the Bois de Lens and has a stunning setting.

The original village is situated on a hill and is built around the Romanesque church.

A prehistoric fortress stood on the site of the current Jouff chapel which is back on its turn ruins of a Roman cistern.

13.Cannes et Clairan
Before the French Revolution Cannes and Clairan were two separate municipalities, but are merged from 1790 on the orders of King Louis XVI to a municipality.
are the ruins of the old priory of Saint Saturninus of the 12th century.

The village lies at the foot of the Bois de Paris, which owes its name to an ancient Gallic wall.
village is a path for cattle Cevennes connects with the sea.

This beautiful village perched on a rocky outcrop dominates the Vidourle and impresses with its fortress walls, the last vestiges of its medieval past.

The village consists of several parts.
main village with typical southern French architecture located around the castle and the church.
Slightly further afield
are some great manor houses and the hamlet

Pondres lies at the foot of a magnificent Renaissance castle and its park.

Before arriving in the village, is in the lowlands of the Saint-Julien de Montredon chapel, a perfect example of Romanesque art.
the plain of the Vidourle is an outdoor laundry.
North of
the village is a temple in Spanish colonial style.

The village is made up of small hamlets in this village gives a special charm.
characterizes the landscape greatly and is the heritage of the building and ontginnende monks who we the remains of the monastery on the old cemetery a little outside the village found it yet.

Source: local tourist guide

In the wider vicinity


Fête Médiévale 2006 Sommières Sommières
Links withs photographes    
Voie Verte    
Voie Verte Sommières 1 Voie Verte General Voie Verte Foto's 1
Voie Verte Sommières 2 Voie Verte Nimes Voie Verte Foto's 2

Interesting links

Le Gard
Le Gard Wikipedia
Les Vignerons du Sommières
Vallee du Vidourle



Voor het laatst bijgewerkt op 05-11-2016