Welcome to The Cévennes
Dotted with hamlets and cut through by rivers and ravines, this expanse of protected landscape is famous for its biodiversity, with 2300 plant species and 2410 animal species so far recorded. Dry, hot and leafy, the Cévennes has more in common with Mediterranean lands than the Auvergne to its north. It's largely covered by forest, mostly beech, oak and sweet chestnut. Many animals that had disappeared from the area – including vultures, beavers, otters, roe deer and golden eagles – have been reintroduced, either by conservationists or by natural migration. In recognition of its precious natural assets, it’s been a Unesco Biosphere Reserve since 1985, and a World Heritage Site since 2011. Needless to say, it's a paradise for nature lovers and outdoorsy types.