Au cours des siècles, la nature a su forger des paysages, des gouffres ou des lits de rivières tout à fait exceptionnels et uniques à travers les Cévennes Méditerranée.
The Séranne mountain range is a 700 to 942 metre high natural barrier culminating in the Roc Blanc. It is criss-crossed by ancient paths used by shepherds and their flocks. This 25 km long mountain range is the final rampart before the Causse du Larzac limestone plateau. The Séranne is a popular place for hiking and a public take-off area for paragliding.
The Roc Blanc is the highest point of the Séranne range in the Hérault department. Its actual height is 942 meters. You can get there by a marked out hiking path starting from Cazilhac. Paragliders take off there.
The Hérault river takes its source in the Mont Aigoual, south of the Cévennes mountain range; its gorges are very spectacular. It crosses the Gard and then the Hérault department, to whom it gives its name, and flows into the Mediterranean, in Agde. It creates the gorgeous Gorges of the Hérault by notching in the Causse de la Selle.
Between the high spectacular cliffs of the Causse de Blandas and the Séranne mountain range, the Vis river weaves in numerous tight meanders, which are favourable for taking a bath in the water.
The Thaurac moutain range overhangs the Hérault river, being close to 500 m above sea level. Covered with a traditional vegetation of garrigue, where the holm oak reigns supreme, this limestone islet is paradise for rock climbers: at least 835 routes, going from 10 to 120 meters.
The Rieutord is a left tributary of the Hérault river, which takes its source in Saint-Martial, crossing the Gard and the Hérault departments.
The seven menhirs that are on the municipality's territory testify to a human presence at the end of the Neolithic Era (about 9 000 to 3 300 years before J.C.). They are often to be found on the pathsides, on the transhumance's route, in a pass. The best known is the 'Menhir de la Pierre Plantée' ('the Planted Rock's Menhir') which was probably brung from far away, because its rock does not match
The Jumeaux overlook Sumène and peak at 515m and 525m above sea level. Constructions of the past are to be found on both mountains : Saint-Cyprien's chapel and the vestiges of the Château d'Adhémar. The Romans who have occupied the region built numerous major roads and exploited the iron mines of the Jumeaux.
The Ranc de Banes is a summit located in the South of the Cevennes, that peaks at 713 m above sea level in Sumène. It is in the mountain's caves that the most ancient traces of human habitat have been found on the territory.
The nature reserve of Combe Chaude protects a part of the limestone mountains of the Gorges of the Rieutord. The incised valley, the rocky escarpments and the beautiful cliffs compose an attractive landscape made of Mediterranean scrubs, of guarrigues and of forests.
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