La source de Castagnols


Castagnols has always been a rich and important village, nowadays its a hamlet. The cultivation of chestnuts and of silkworms has left a clear imprint on this region. This may still be seen today in the chestnut and mulberry trees which grow in abundance. Castagnols is an excellent example of a Cévenol village. All the houses are built in schist, the local stone. The roofs are covered with lauzes (schist slates). Around the house are faïsses, the local name for terraced land. These are retained by low dry-stone walls. When you take a walk in the hamlet you will experience how time has stopped here.  

The environs

Castagnols is situated in the heart of the "Parc National des Cévennes", at the end of a small valley. There is total quiet here, with no sound of cars, but rather that of birds such as the woodpecker, the owl and the cuckoo. Other inhabitants are donkeys, horses, wild boar, and goats, as well as wild deer.

The climate

Castagnols lies on the Mediterranean side of the Massif Central, with a summer climate that is generally hot and dry. The air is not humid, which ensures a pleasant stay. In the summertime, afternoons and evenings, cicadas fill the air with their familiar sound.

Weather: Météo France 
Languedoc Roussillon and the Lozère.