Anduze lies between the river and mountain and you’ll love its climate, lifestyle and fantastic heritage. Anduze stands on the Gardon riverbanks on the edge of the Cévennes National Park, listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Anduze was built on the Rocher de Saint-Julien cliffside. This unique feature has meant the village has stayed true to its roots as it’s evolved. Visit the Clocktower, a relic of the Hundred Years’ War, and Tour Pezene, a former keep. Cool off at one of the village’s 8 historical fountains. The famous and unusual pagoda fountain takes pride of place in the middle of Place du Marché and is definitely worth a look.
Wander along Rue Droite past the pottery stalls. Gaze at the stunning protestant church (one of the biggest in France) listed as a Monument Historique. Don’t forget to take a break in Parc des Cordeliers. The bamboo corridor, cedars, magnolias and terrace with unrivalled views of the valley and Château de Tornac will lift your spirits!
The Bambouseraie: the Far East comes to Anduze
If there’s one thing you simply can’t miss during your trip to Anduze, it’s the famous Bambouseraie. The unique botanical garden is home to over 1000 varieties of bamboo, rare flowers, trees and remarkable plants. The Bambouseraie d’Anduze was opened in 1856 by a horticulture enthusiast who managed to acclimatise exotic species from China, Japan and even the Himalayas. The park ranks among the best in France. Children and adults will love Dragon Valley and the bamboo maze. It’s more than a change of scene; it’s an otherworldly adventure for a few hours.
Last but not least, use your time in Anduze to hop on a Cévennes steam train. That way you can feast your eyes on the national park at its most beautiful. The hour-long ride takes you to Saint-Jean-du-Gard. If you prefer to pedal, we recommend the Vélorail des Cévennes! Pair of trainers on your feet, sunglasses on your nose, camera around your neck and a bottle of water at hand: that’s all you need! Parents, grandparents and grandchildren, the whole family can come and pedal! After a few minutes of effort, the wonderful panoramic views of the valley will come to you like a postcard landscape! Don’t worry, you don’t need to be in good physical condition to make the trip: the level is easy and doesn’t require much endurance! The whole trip lasts 1h30 and allows you to discover the Cévennes in a different way!