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Bagnols-sur-Cèze town map

Walking Tour of Bagnols-sur-Cèze

A walking guide of the town is available from the Tourist Office, with a printed map and clear explanations of the main historical and picturesque sites. You can use the guide to follow a long (1h30) or short (45 min) tour of Bagnols or simply use it as a reference sheet.

The old center of Bagnols-sur-Cèze is in the form of an oval, with the main square, Place Auguste Mallet, a bit south of the center. This Medieval center has many ancient doorways, old hôtels particuliers and other ancient sights.

Rue de la Répubilque is a very long pedestrian shopping street going north from the "top-right" corner of the main square. The entry to the street isn't obvious; walk up towards the tall Clock Tower and look to the right.

17th century monumental doorway of the

Rue Fernand Crémieux is a shorter pedestrian shopping, and easier to find. It heads east, from the bottom of the main square just beside the town hall building. In addition to shops, this street has many of the old Trompe l'Oeil wall murals, the 14th-century Abbey des Bernadines de Valsauve, the 12th-century Hotel Melford, the old Maison de Retraite St-Roche and the Rue de la Juiverie quarter. This carved stone doorway (photo) is the entry to a pensionnat of the Abbey of Bernardines de Valsauve, installed in the 14th century.


Trompe l'Oeil Rue du Chat in

Bagnols-sur-Cèze Trompe-l-Oeils

There are many realistic and imaginative wall murals in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, presented here on their own page.   ( Read More )

Bagnols-sur-Cèze Hotel de Ville

Bagnols-sur-Cèze Museum

Bagnols-sur-Cèze has a wonderful Contempory Provencal Art Museum, located on the second floor in the town hall (hôtel de ville) building at the bottom side the the main square, Place Auguste Mallet.   ( Read More )


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History of Bagnols-sur-Cèze

Balneole was the name of the Gallo-Roman town here. The first recorded name was Baniolas (1119), which had several interations over the centuries. "Sur Cèze" was added in 1891.

Prehistoric: Neolithic pottery was discovered at the oppidum Castel de la Fontine aux Loups.

Gallo-Roman: The Gallo-Roman town of Balneole was a thermal baths site and a stage on the Roman's Nîmes - Albi road. The source of the mineral springs was the sandy Lancise mountain, about 600 m from the center. In 1606 most of the mountain collapsed and most of the water source was lost.


Tourist Office

Ave Léon Blum (ring-road at west side of the old town, corner of Rue Gentil, a 3-minute walk up Rue de l'Horloge from the main square ( Place Auguste-Mallet)

Tel : 0466 50 50 50; Fax: 0466 50 50 00

Web: http://www.bagnolssurceze.fr

Open Mon-Thur 8h-12h, 13h30-17h30; Fri 8h-12h, 13h30-17h

Dates

Market day: Wed.


Museums

Musée Albert-André

  • Contemporary and modern art, specializing in Provencal art.
  • Location: Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville), Place Mallet, 2nd floor
  • Open: Tue - Sun, 10h-12h, 14h-18h
  • Closed: Monday, some holidays
  • Entry: Free
  • Tel: 0466 505 056

Hiking

• GPS: 44.16252, 4.620075

Maps

"Le Val de Tave", map+info (1:25'000)

The GR42A (Grande Randonnée) passes through the center of Bagnols-sur-Cèze.

To the south, the GR42A crosses the Plateau de Lacau (270 m) and joins the GR42 trail beside the ancient Roman ruins at the Camp de César. The GR42 goes southeast through Laudun-l Ardoise and St Laurent-des-Arbres to Roquemaure on the banks of the Rhône.

To the north, the GR42A crosses through the Valbonne forest, past Montalivet (356m) by the Chartreuse de Valbonne, and north to the Ardeche river at Aiguèze an St Martin-d'Ardèche.

Dining

There are many restaurants and terrace café-restaurants in Bagnols-sur-Cèze. We recently (June 2014) ate at L'Aveyronnais and thoroughly enjoyed it.


Transportation Bagnols-sur-Cèze

Department 30, Gard Buses


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