Tourism in Lozère: a day to discover the medieval town of Meyrueis and its surroundings

The small medieval town is a high place of tourism in Lozère, located in the south of the department, not far from Gard and Aveyron. Between Mont Aigoual and the Jonte gorges.

Located between Causses and Cévennes, the small town of Meyrueis, which has 823 inhabitants, is full of tourists during the summer period. In the streets, English, German, and a whole host of other foreign languages ​​mingle with French accents. Ideally placed, at the foot of the Causse Méjean on one side, of Mont Aigoual on the other, and at the entrance to the Jonte gorges, the medieval city welcomes many nature lovers. But it does not owe its interest only to the landscapes which surround it.

A sweet life, to the rhythm of the sound of water

It is very pleasant to stroll through its alleys, have a drink in one of the many bars that line the Béthuzon (a tributary of the Jonte), or enjoy a plate of local charcuterie, followed by a trout of the Jonta. There is a sweetness in this village that makes you want to stroll along its quays all day long.

But for those who wish to walk while learning, the Meyrueis tourist office, located in the Clock Tower, a vestige of the old ramparts, offers a guide with a numbered route for a heritage walk. The visit lasts about 1h30, to immerse yourself in the history of the village. This allows in particular to take a step into the religious past of Meyrueis, and to discover the Saint-Pierre church, as well as the Protestant temple registered since 2008 in the additional inventory of historical monuments; its commercial past with the Chapellerie Veyrier, the most important of the hat-making workshops which made the fortune of the village for a little over two centuries, from the 17th to the beginning of the 20th century; or discover the hall, where the markets have been held since the year 1033!

A beautiful panorama of the Rock of the castle

For the bravest, a slightly steep path from the heart of the village leads to the Rocher du château, where the Notre-Dame-du-Rocher chapel is located. This site offers a very beautiful panorama of Meyrueis. Many hiking trails also leave from the village to go to Mont Aigoual, or to Hyelzas, in the town of Hures-la-Parade, where enthusiasts can taste sheep’s cheese at the Le Fédou cheese dairy.

The market

Every Wednesday morning, a market is set up around the village halls, by the river. Many local artisans offer cheese, charcuterie, honey, and many other products. A smaller market takes place on Friday morning.

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Sporting activities

Natures Cévennes offers half-day nature outings. From Meyrueis, an instructor takes you to the top of Mont Aigoual by car and then descends to the village. Departures are at 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Mountain biking can also be practiced alone with half-day or full-day rentals.

Other activities, such as via ferrata, or canyoning are also offered. Reservations and information on 06 58 13 48 48 or 06 81 61 63 50.

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Roquedols Castle

Built towards the end of the 16th century, it is located 2.5 km from Meyrueis. It is accessible by car, or by hiking trails. It cannot be visited, but picnic tables are set up in the garden that surrounds it. An opera festival is organized there on August 16, 18, 19 and 21.

Information and reservations: www.festivaldoperadugrandsud.fr, or at the Meyrueis tourist office.

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caves

The Dargilan cave is located in the town of Meyrueis, 15 minutes by car from the village. The Aven Armand cave, pictured here, is on the Causse Méjean, 13 minutes away by car. The two sites, which can be visited in 1h15 and 1h respectively, with a guide, are really worth the detour.

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Our Lady of the Rock

Culminating at 70 meters above sea level, the chapel is accessible on foot, by a 1.6 km path from the village, or by car. This is where the old castle of Meyrueis was located, destroyed in 1632.

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In practice

● Go there

Bus line 259, departing from Chapter or Foirail in Mende, provides access to Meyrueis every day, Monday to Friday. Two times are offered during the day: one in the morning, and one in the afternoon, for an arrival in Meyrueis at 10 a.m. or 5:15 p.m. From Mende, the journey time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. This bus also goes through Sainte-Énimie, Caussignac, La Parade, as well as Aven Armand.

● Inquire

The Meyrueis tourist office, located on Place Sully, in the Clock Tower, is open Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., as well as Sunday from 9 30 p.m. to 12 p.m. Information on 04 66 45 01 14

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