La Garde-Guérin and the Gorges du Chassezac – On the eastern border of Lozère, the medieval fortified village of La Garde-Guérin is perched 860m high atop a steep cliff. Also a plus beau village, with a tower ( pictured) and Romanesque church both listed monuments historiques, La Garde-Guérin is a must-see for its cultural heritage and the breathtaking (and breath-holding) views down over Chassezac Gorge on one side and the fast-flowing River Altier on the other. From the village, you can take a path down to explore the stunning Gorges du Chassezac on foot, along 30km of paths and trails with suspension bridges crossing the River Chassezac. Aven Armand – Find time to see the largest stalagmite in the world (30m), protruding among another 400 or so glittering stalagmites, 112m below the surface in Aven Armand on Causse Méjean.
Boatmen of the Gorges du Tarn – Up until the early 20th century, the small villages in the gorges of the River Tarn and River Jonte were accessed principally by boat, and there were several boatmen ( bateliers) ferrying locals across and along the rivers. In Malène, in the heart of the Gorges du Tarn, a small group of boatmen keep the tradition alive offering tourists a unique visit of the canyon and a taste of a bygone era. European Bison Reserve – Way off the beaten track, in the middle of the Margeride wilderness, you can visit the 200-hectare park by sleigh or horse-drawn carriage and meet the 40 or so bison living wild. A handful were first brought across from Poland in the 1960s as part of conservation efforts to save the almost extinct species. Open-air sculpture in Altier – Stirred by a desire to wed his passion for art to the rugged terrain of Altier where he lives, sculptor Bernard Didelle led a project to create an intriguing art nature path that showcases contemporary sculpture by international artists in the natural setting that inspired their work.
Guided visit of historic Mende and the cathedral with Emmanuelle – Interesting and great fun!