Mas Bernadis is located on the edge of the Parc National des Cevennes, one of the largest and at the same time least populated natural areas of France. It is a rugged landscape with many wildlife. The Cevennes are part of the “Gard” and “Lozere” regions, which means that this area has something for everyone: mountainous country, coast, towns and villages with a long history.
A paradise for hikers, cyclists or lovers of nature, peace and quiet. With Mont Lozere and Mont Aigoual as high altitudes where the summer is easily 15 degrees colder than in a valley like Saint Enimie on the Tarn. Mountain pastures and a picturesque village situated between the hills like Pont de Montvert indicate the varied character of the Cevennes. Mont Aigoual, at 1567 metres, the highest point of the Cevennes accommodates a meteorological station. Closer to Mas Bernadis (about 40 kilometres) lies the Col du pre de la Dame, a mountain of almost 1500 metres. In summer this is a true paradise for hikers and cyclists who are not afraid of a little difference in altitude. Most of the walks are well marked and on the cycling routes it is often quiet, even in the middle of summer. When the reward in the form of a breathtaking view presents itself, the hard work is soon forgotten.
A region with an unprecedented diversity. From Mont Aigoual, the highest point of the Cevennes, via the famous Pont du Gard, to the sands of the Mediterranean: a collection of breathtaking places, green forests, wild arid areas, hills, mountains, lakes, rivers and a natural coastline. An unprecedentedly diverse landscape where there is much to see. As there are 300 solar days per year, the chances of weather being a killjoy are slim. This region offers a variety of regional products: from the famous wine and olive oil to the “Riz de Camargue”. It is also a region with characteristic festivities (Fetes Votive) around horses and bulls.
Enough sights to see every day. The Romans already had a weakness for this area, at least they left a lot of beauty behind. The Pont du Gard (rightly placed on the World Heritage list of Unesco) and the Arena of Nimes are two telling examples of this. The caves of Cocaliere, the cosy local markets where local “producteurs” sell their wares directly make it very easy to plan a trip. Of course the castles of Brésis, Aujac, Portes and Allegre, from which our flats take their name, are worth a visit. In small towns like Banne, Lussan, Rochegude or Naves you will still find places where time seems to have stood still. If you want a bit more noise than you can ride in cities like Avignon, Montpellier or Nimes, where there is a real Mediterranean atmosphere.