•Gard (30260) • Population: 2,309 • Altitude: 78 m
Quissac is a small town north and west of Montpellier and Nîmes, in a setting of wooded hills and river valleys, and has a popular Wednesday market. The town is spread out with extensive habitation, but there is a small part of the Medieval old town remaining.
Quissac is a market town drawing people in from all the surrounding villages every Wednesday. The wide Ave des Cévennes and the whole length of the main Ave du Onze Novembre is packed with market stalls all the way down to the center in front of the old (Mairie).
The terrace café here [our photo], Chez Loule was packed solid on an April morning, well before the summer rush.
Quissac sits on the Vidourle, a long fleuve, or river that empties into the sea. The Vidourle begins in the Cévennes north of St Hippolyte-du-Fort, passes by Sauve before arriving at this multi-arched bridge at Quissac.
Quissac has been a crossroads town through Gallo-Roman and Medieval times. An original river ford (gué) was replaced by a bridge somewhere back in the mists of time. The oldest written records of the Quissac bridge are from the Middle Ages. The bridge was destroyed by flooding several times. The current bridge dates from a reconstructed and enlarged version in 1780, but with modifications following more recent flood damage.
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History of Quissac
First record, Quintiacum was the original Roman name for Quissac, derived from Quintius and Acum, meaning the domain of Quintius.
Gallo-Roman: The Roman road between Nîmes and Rodez (about 200 km) passed through Quissac (Quintiacum) before crossing the Cévennes at Larzac.
Market day: Wed.
A 7-km pave cycling path runs along the old railway line between Sauve and Quissac. This is part of the V85 Voie Verte (Greenway) route between Le Vigan and Quissac. South of Quissac, the greenway cycling route is unpaved but continues all the way to Sommières.
You'll notice from the sign [our photo] that the greenway path is shared between cyclists, walkers and sometimes horseback riders.
• GPS: 43.908288, 4.000355
IGN (1/25,000) #2842 O "Sommières"
Northwest from Quissac the GR63 goes past Sauve and up into the mountains of the Cévennes.
Quissac has low, forested hills all around, some stretching into the Cévennes, and most with well-marked PR (Petite Randonnée) hiking trails. There are at least a dozen loop hikes in the range of 10-20 km.
We've eaten lunch in Quissac a couple of times (most recently in April 2017), and haven't found a place we would want to go back to. For dining, we suggest driving 5 km up the road to Sauve, where there's a choice of good restaurants.
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).
Cycling route details can be found on the excellent website of Les Véloroutes et Voies Vertes de France, at http://www.af3v.org/-Fiche-voie-.html?voie=348.