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Gaujac

• Gard (30330)   • Population: 1,054  • Altitude: 144 m


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Gaujac is a tiny village centered around an old chateau, with a few streets to wander and some of the old walls and sights to see. But much of the rest of the village is now spread out, quite modern, and obviously a good place to be living.     Possibly one café, no commerce, one restaurant.

The top photo (above) is of a winery with an imaginative (and funny) wall mural, just beside the village of Gajac and visible from the main Bagnols-sur-Cèze - Remoulins road that passes beside the vineyard.

Village Café

Building at the bottom end of We visited the village café of Gaujac in June 2015. They claim to be open all year, and the Opening Hours posted on the door are 08h00 Mon - Fri, 08h00 Sat; no closing time is specified.

In a few visits to Gaujac since 2012, this is the first time we've actually found the café open, making us a little leery — important only because we really like having village cafés (open).

Chateau du Gaujac

The Gaujac Chateau is located in the center of the old village. It's open for visiting during July-August only, hours 13h-18h30. No weekly days are specified as being closed. (info 201)

The interior of the chateau has a courtyard surrounded by the chateau building on three sides. It's interesting, but not with a real Medieval aspect. The Chateau de Gaujac hosts periodic concerts and expositions.

Gaujac Market

Small Thursday market in Gaujac with Gaujac village has a small food market every Thursday morning, with produce, cheese and deli items. Sometimes a good mobile baker, from whom we bought some great "Nordic" bread.

Lavoir Under Glass

The Gaujac library, open Monday and The village lavoir of Gaujac, built in 1885, is in a rather interesting situation. The ancient lavoir site is now the village library, open Mon and Wed afternoons. The remains of the ancient lavoir have been retained — beneath the glass floor inside the library.

Chapel Saint Jean

Chapel Saint Jean southeast of Gaujac This 11th-century chapel is located in a grove of trees about 1500 m southeast of the village, at the edge of the vineyards against the wooded hills. The chapel building is intact. It's non-renovated, but in pretty good condition. The chapel has a simple belfry, but the main part of the bell is missing.

Chapel Saint Saturnin

Chapel Saint Saturnin west of Gaujac The 11th-century St Saturnin chapel is in a grove of trees about 1000 m west of the village, in a tiny hamlet called Sagries, at the foot of the hills where the Oppidum is located. There are a couple of private villas beside the chapel, but they're fenced and fairly descrete.

The St Saturnin chapel building is made of large stones, many of them a local, dark-red stone that gives the chapel a lovely color.

History of Gaujac

Name

First record, 1249 Gaudiacum

Gallo-Roman: The Oppidum on the hilltop 1 km west of the village was an early Roman site, with walls, towers, hot bathes and a temple dating to the 2nd-century BC.

Medieval: A Medieval village was located beside the Roman Oppidum location on the hilltop, still active in the 10th century. We speculate that the village moved to the lower, current location around the 12th century.

Hiking

• GPS: 44.079249, 4.578177

Maps

IGN (1/25,000) #2941 ET "Remoulins, Pont du Gard"

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

There are several loop hikes of varying lengths available from Gaujac, using the yellow-marked PR (Petite Randonnée) hiking trails.

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Dining

Gaujac has one very nice restaurant, La Maison, in the center of the old village, in part of the original chateau (we haven't eaten there). They have a 32-euro menu (2015). They're open for dinner Mon-Sat, and for lunch Mon and Fri.

Wine

Gaujac (and all the nearby villages) are surrounded by vineyards growing Côte du Rhône wines. We bought a few boxes of the Cuvée de l'Oppidum from the winery Les Vignerons de Gaujac - the one right in the village (our page-top photo). We got their Red, White and Rosé, and have been very satisfied with each.

Transportation Gaujac

Department 30, Gard Buses

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