Gard (30120) Population: 3,930 Altitude: 231 m
Le Vigan is a small town on the Arre river at the southern edge of the Cévennes. The town itself is only fairly interesting to visit, but the area of the town along the river is lovely. At the town is the very interesting Musée de Cevenol, the wide, shady Place du Quai with terrace cafés and shops, a picturesque Old Bridge and nice riverside walk.
The town of Le Vigan had an active silk industry in the later 19th and early 20th centuries, and some of the ancient buildings remain from the raising of silk works and production of silk.
These days the town is obviously off its peak, but it's a pleasant enough place, and in a good location for visiting north into the Cévennes or south towards the Navacelles Cirque or down the Hérault to Saint Guilhem-le-Désert of the Pont du Diable.
The Old Bridge (Vieux Pont) of Le Vigan is by the center of town, just up the river from the vastly more modern New Bridge. Walking across the cobblestoned old bridge takes you through a small cluster of old houses that must have once been a little hamlet.
Pont de la Croix
An ancient stone bridge 4 km east of Le Vigan, by the hamlet of Boussugues, is locally called the Pont de la Croix. This arched stone bridge supports a long, 22-arch stone aqueduct built along the top.
Market day: Sat.
Transportation Le Vigan
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).