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Causses and Cévennes: Pristine Lands and Nature in southern Massif Central, France.

For thousands of years, shepherds and their flocks have shaped the region’s exceptional, breathtaking landscapes.

The whole region is of a wonderfully pristine beauty, both wild and authentic. The nearby Vis River is said to be one of the 4 cleanest streams in France.

21/12/2012 - According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and 20 partnering ecological associations, a biodiversity preservation label is soon to be created to help protect the few remaining truly wild rivers of France, which our ecologists consider the ultimate jewels on the crown of French wildlife.

The Vis River used to supply a wide network of mills producing either olive oil or flour. They have disappeared today, but their historical importance has left a legacy of deep respect for the river.
The Vis, in all its splendor, runs at the foot of the Château. Our friend, Claude Delmas, organizer of all the Festivals in Madières presents it to us in the following clip… There are also comments from Olivier Lebrun, the mayor of Madières/Rogues!

Jean-Pierre Pernaut of the TFI graces us with an introduction to the Vis River that waters our Organic Garden… Even trouts in the river are wild and of ancestral origin. Our friend, neighbor and fellow grower, Serge Carré, gives us some anecdotes about its history. Soon you will find out why all of our Châteauzen clients and workshop participants come here every day to get re-energized!

A registered and protected site since 1983, the Cirque of Navacelles, situated less than 15 km from the castle, is the largest canyon in Europe.

The heights of the Causses de Blandas, which are even closer to the castle, offer the most breathtaking view of the area.
This geological marvel, boasting a 300-meter-deep canyon chipped away over thousands of years by the Vis River, is truly a sight to be seen.

THE CEVENNES NATIONAL PARK created in 1970 : an Exceptional Flora and Fauna!
The area is home to a wide variety of fauna, such as the Golden Eagle, which is indigenous to the Causses and Cévennes regions.
From the terrace of the castle, using our binoculars, you’ll be able to take in the majestic spectacle of the Golden Eagle’s flight.

A living conservatory: the mountainous Cévennes National Park of Southern France, set between the Auvergne and Languedoc regions, boasts over 1500 species of plants – a third of all French plant species.
The Park’s fauna is just as diverse, comprising over half of France’s mammal species and 195 species of birds…
Take the opportunity, while staying at Châteauzen, to soak in this pristine and wild flora and fauna. The experience will both energize you and make you ponder the many facets of this unique piece of land in the Mediterranean region.

4000 years ago in Languedoc, the Garrigues and Causses regions were much more populated than they are today. The many dolmens in the area are beautiful remnants of their burial grounds.
These farmers lived in villages scattered across the region. Their civilization developed advanced metallurgy technicals, and crafted quality copper tools and weaponry.

Go sightseeing and sample the local fossils, menhirs and dolmens. The Rogues district, to which the Madières castle belongs, boasts vast amounts of fascinating Neolithic marvels.