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Comps is located in the center of a virtual triangle between the towns of Avignon, Arles and Nîmes. The village has a café open year-round, putting it a notch above many other small rural villages.

The commune is fairly large and bisected by the D986L road running between Beauaire and Remoulins. The tiny old village is on the north side of the road, tucked in against the Gardon river. The largely residential newer part of the commune stretches out on the southwest side of the road.

Although without real tourist attractions, there are a couple of interesting sights in Comps.

The annual creche santons display in Santons Creche Every winter there's a very large and very nice creche of Provencal santons on display in the church in the center of the village. Alas, photography of the creche isn't permitted, so we have only the one wide-angle image to show you. Entry is free and on display from the end of November to the beginning of February.

Lavoir - Washhouse

A covered lavoir was built at the east end of the village in 1902, and served for local laundry for about three decades. The tile roof was removed in 1984 and the lavoir was left neglected until a restoration in 2011.

The Comps lavoir is a long oval, with rounded ends, located on Rue Nelson Mandela.

Floods in Comps

The Gardon river, that runs down past the Pont du Gard, has a history of serious floods, and positioned right at the confluence of the Rhône, Comps village has had its share of flooding.

The highest flood-level marks in Round, blue-and-white discs on a wall by the front of the village church attest to the heights of the most memorable floods to have inundated the streets of Comps. They range (in depth) from a pair of 1907 flood marks about 1 meter high to over 3 meters high in 2002. The flood discs mark the major floods from as far back as 1840 and 1856.


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Dates

Market day: Thur.


Hiking

• GPS: 43.853406, 4.605214

Maps

"Entre Rhône et Gardon", map+info (1:30'000)

The combined GR6 and GR42 hiking trails pass by the urban area 1 km south of Comps village center.

Southeast, the GR6 passes by the St Roman Troglodyte Abbey, through Beaucaire and over the Rhône and to the Alpilles and Les Baux-de-Provence.

Northwest, the GR6 passes through some small villages and crosses the Gardon at the famous Pont du Gard.

Direction sign for hiking trails passing As you can see from the hiking signpost in the center of Comps, the local hiking trails offer easy day-hikes to the Saint Roman Abbey, nearby villages and even Beaucaire and Tarascon on the Rhône.


Transportation Comps

Department 30, Gard Buses


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