•Gard (30) • Population: 255 • Altitude: 290 m
Fons-sur-Lussan is a small Medieval village in the Gard, half way between Bagnols-sur-Cèze and Alès.
The village center has many old houses, old doorways and colorful shutters, stone walls and a few vaulted passages.
One excellent café, basic commerce.
The village is in a farming area and not perched, so its ancient streets aren't quite as compact as some other ancient villages. Still, the houses are old, many with stone walls and some with old doorways.
The sole village café was called "La tête ailleurs" when we visited in the summer of 2012. At that time it was open only in the evening, making lunch in Fons-sur-Lussan problematic (we opted for the épicerie for supplies, and a park bench by the fountain for dining).
In the summer of 2013 many of the villagers dug into their own pockets for support and financing, and opened the café, now named La Goulade, as a proper village café. There's now a place for lunch in Fons-sur-Lussan as well as a social gathering place for the village.
In our expert opinion this is a huge step forward. We find that the lack of a village café is the one, final element that removes the sole of a village.
The only commerce in Fons-sur-Lussan is an épicerie (grocery store), but the Epicerie La Grange is better than most. Among other things, it has an extensive produce department with mainly local vegetables and fruits. Its year-round hours are 7h30-12h30, 16h30-19h30, closed only on Sunday afternoons.
The Fons-sur-Lussan lavoir (wash house) is a covered structure, located at the southeast corner of the village. It's nicely restored, but when we visited there was no water or any sign that it's actually used.
Near the lavoir is a very nice village fountain, and both are at the edge of the village, beside open fields and with park benches; quite nice for a picnic lunch.
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Department 30, Gard Buses
- See Beyond's Gard Department Bus Schedules for Gard bus-lines maps and bus-line schedules (Horaires).
Maps (Plans) for the Gard bus lines are on the www.edgard.fr website, with a flash webpage for each of five zones around Nîmes (www.edgard-transport.fr/plan/?rub_code=5).
Schedules for the Gard bus lines are available via the www.edgard.fr website horaires page (www.edgard-transport.fr/horaires/?rub_code=23).