Gard (30330) Population: 1,054 Altitude: 144 m
Gaujac is a tiny village centered around an old chateau, with a few streets to wander and some of the old walls and sights to see. But much of the rest of the village is now spread out, quite modern, and obviously a good place to be living. Possibly one café, no commerce, one restaurant.
The top photo (above) is of a winery with an imaginative (and funny) wall mural, just beside the village of Gajac and visible from the main Bagnols-sur-Cèze - Remoulins road that passes beside the vineyard.
In a few visits to Gaujac since 2012, this is the first time we've actually found the café open, making us a little leery — important only because we really like having village cafés (open).
Chateau du Gaujac
The Gaujac Chateau is located in the center of the old village. It's open for visiting during July-August only, hours 13h-18h30. No weekly days are specified as being closed. (info 201)
The interior of the chateau has a courtyard surrounded by the chateau building on three sides. It's interesting, but not with a real Medieval aspect. The Chateau de Gaujac hosts periodic concerts and expositions.
Lavoir Under Glass
The village lavoir of Gaujac, built in 1885, is in a rather interesting situation. The ancient lavoir site is now the village library, open Mon and Wed afternoons. The remains of the ancient lavoir have been retained — beneath the glass floor inside the library.
Chapel Saint Jean
This 11th-century chapel is located in a grove of trees about 1500 m southeast of the village, at the edge of the vineyards against the wooded hills. The chapel building is intact. It's non-renovated, but in pretty good condition. The chapel has a simple belfry, but the main part of the bell is missing.
Chapel Saint Saturnin
The 11th-century St Saturnin chapel is in a grove of trees about 1000 m west of the village, in a tiny hamlet called Sagries, at the foot of the hills where the Oppidum is located. There are a couple of private villas beside the chapel, but they're fenced and fairly descrete.
The St Saturnin chapel building is made of large stones, many of them a local, dark-red stone that gives the chapel a lovely color.
History of Gaujac
First record, 1249 Gaudiacum
Gallo-Roman: The Oppidum on the hilltop 1 km west of the village was an early Roman site, with walls, towers, hot bathes and a temple dating to the 2nd-century BC.
Medieval: A Medieval village was located beside the Roman Oppidum location on the hilltop, still active in the 10th century. We speculate that the village moved to the lower, current location around the 12th century.
• GPS: 44.079249, 4.578177
IGN (1/25,000) #2941 ET "Remoulins, Pont du Gard"
"Le Val de Tave", map+info (1:25'000)
There are several loop hikes of varying lengths available from Gaujac, using the yellow-marked PR (Petite Randonnée) hiking trails.
Gaujac has one very nice restaurant, La Maison, in the center of the old village, in part of the original chateau (we haven't eaten there). They have a 32-euro menu (2015). They're open for dinner Mon-Sat, and for lunch Mon and Fri.
Gaujac (and all the nearby villages) are surrounded by vineyards growing Côte du Rhône wines. We bought a few boxes of the Cuvée de l'Oppidum from the winery Les Vignerons de Gaujac - the one right in the village (our page-top photo). We got their Red, White and Rosé, and have been very satisfied with each.
Department 30, Gard Buses
- See Beyond's Gard Department Bus Schedules for Gard bus-lines maps and bus-line schedules (Horaires).
Maps (Plans) for the Gard bus lines are on the www.edgard.fr website, with a flash webpage for each of five zones around Nîmes (www.edgard-transport.fr/plan/?rub_code=5).
Schedules for the Gard bus lines are available via the www.edgard.fr website horaires page (www.edgard-transport.fr/horaires/?rub_code=23).