The purity of the night skies in Cevennes National Park has made it the largest International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe. From here, constellations and the Milky Way can be easily admired with the naked eye, to the delight of hikers, astronomers and all those dreamers with their heads in the stars.
Whether you’re a hiker eager for poetic and spiritual sensations, or an astronomer curious about unravelling the universe, the skies of Cevennes National Park will give you moments with a taste of eternity. And what better way to do this than to sleep under the stars above? Over here, in a dome or bubble, admire the secret showers of shooting stars. Over there, in a glass pyramid at the top of the mountain, the black and splendid skies grant you a cosmic ballet. A little further on, in a perched hut overlooking the valley, a dizzying circular belvedere invites you to dive, upside down, into the stars.
Roam the sky as you roam the ground
You can also opt for a seven-day hiking itinerary with an astrophysicist, a mountain guide and donkeys. In the heart of the very wild Cevennes, your view will be all the more exceptional! Bats, owls, Genet, Wild Boar, Red Fox, amphibians, grasshoppers, crickets... Armed with patience and discretion, your senses will be awakened as you rediscover darkness to the sound of the songs and symphonies of those living at night.
Give astronomy a go at Le Bleymard resort
In summer, finish the evening in style at Le Bleymard resort by gazing from its heights at the starry skies. In the heart of Mont-Lozère, this wild place is ideal for giving astronomy a go. All the while being surrounded by flowering heather and bathing in the mysterious music of the surrounding nocturnal wildlife in complete safety!
Dominate summer from the Prat-Peyrot pass
On the impressive Aigoual massif, the Prat-Peyrot pass caps at an altitude of over 1,400 metres. In daylight, the view embraces an immense panorama: the Mont-Lozère massif, the Grands Causses and, on a clear day, the Alps, the Pyrenees and even the Mediterranean Sea! At night this pass gives you an equally spectacular view of the starry skies. Given the weather conditions are often extreme, this place is recommended in summer when the weather is good.
Let your imagination run wild at Gally
In the heart of Cevennes National Park, the Nîmes-le-Vieux blockfield, a place already captivating by day, becomes even more enchanting at night. This ruin-like creation, derived from the capricious dissolution of limestone, emerges like an ultimate belvedere before the depths of the gorges surrounding the Causse Méjean. In this exclusive atmosphere, where strange shapes can still be seen in the transparency of pure skies, you can let your imagination wander to the rhythm of the constellations.