Surrounded by wooded hills, orchards and vineyards, Sauve is a small town in the Gard situated between Quissac and Sommières, 35 kilometres from Nîmes and on the edge of the Cévennes.
Built at the foot of the Mer des Rochers, a rock formation of ruiniform tower karst, Sauve sits majestically on the banks of the Vidourle river that its medieval arched bridge crosses.
Founded in the 11th century, the old village of Sauve is a maze of narrow streets, stairways, arched passages and beautiful 14th to 18th century houses with gothic façades.
A natural curiosity in Sauve is the Fontaine de Sauve, a spring, or resurgence, of the same type as the famous Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Gushing out of the rock, its torrent is particularly impressive in autumn.
Also interesting, and unique to Sauve, is the Conservatoire de la Fourche, the only remaining place in France to still make pitchforks from the wood of hackberry trees.
To see and visit:
Four buildings listed as historic monuments
The Maison de l'Eveque, a bishop's house from the Middle Ages
the Môle Tower built by the Bermond d'Anduze family, lords of Sauve in the 12th century
the Maison Poche
the Oppidum of Sauve
the church and its imposing bell tower
the Protestant church with its neo-classical façade surmounted by a huge triangular pediment
the medieval Clock Tower with a wrought-iron campanile
the Town hall with its neo-classical columns
In the area around Sauve
Aigemont: a medieval village and the ruins of its circular castle
Anduze, famous for its bamboo plantation and the small train of the Cevennes
Vezenobres: a medieval hilltop village at the gates to the Cévennes
Tourist Office - Rue Combes - 30610 Sauve
04 66 77 57 51http://www.ville-de-sauve.fr/