Gard (30200) Population: 18,245 Altitude: 47 m
Bagnols-sur-Cèze is a town on the west side of the Rhône, across from Orange and northwest of Avignon. Bagnols is the main town in this part of the Gard department and has a large business area surrounding a Medieval center with pedestrian shopping streets.
The old town of Bagnols-sur-Cèze is centered around the Place Auguste Mallet, with arcade facades, terrace cafés and the town hall (Hotel de Ville). Market day Wed.
Walking Tour of Bagnols-sur-Cèze
A walking guide of the town is available from the Tourist Office, with a printed map and clear explanations of the main historical and picturesque sites. You can use the guide to follow a long (1h30) or short (45 min) tour of Bagnols or simply use it as a reference sheet.
The old center of Bagnols-sur-Cèze is in the form of an oval, with the main square, Place Auguste Mallet, a bit south of the center. This Medieval center has many ancient doorways, old hôtels particuliers and other ancient sights.
Rue de la Répubilque is a very long pedestrian shopping street going north from the "top-right" corner of the main square. The entry to the street isn't obvious; walk up towards the tall Clock Tower and look to the right.
Rue Fernand Crémieux is a shorter pedestrian shopping, and easier to find. It heads east, from the bottom of the main square just beside the town hall building. In addition to shops, this street has many of the old Trompe l'Oeil wall murals, the 14th-century Abbey des Bernadines de Valsauve, the 12th-century Hotel Melford, the old Maison de Retraite St-Roche and the Rue de la Juiverie quarter.
This carved stone doorway (photo) is the entry to a pensionnat of the Abbey of Bernardines de Valsauve, installed in the 14th century.
There are many realistic and imaginative wall murals in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, presented here on their own page. ( Read More )
Bagnols-sur-Cèze has a wonderful Contempory Provencal Art Museum, located on the second floor in the town hall (hôtel de ville) building at the bottom side the the main square, Place Auguste Mallet. ( Read More )
History of Bagnols-sur-Cèze
Balneole was the name of the Gallo-Roman town here. The first recorded name was Baniolas (1119), which had several interations over the centuries. "Sur Cèze" was added in 1891.
Prehistoric: Neolithic pottery was discovered at the oppidum Castel de la Fontine aux Loups.
Gallo-Roman: The Gallo-Roman town of Balneole was a thermal baths site and a stage on the Roman's Nîmes - Albi road. The source of the mineral springs was the sandy Lancise mountain, about 600 m from the center. In 1606 most of the mountain collapsed and most of the water source was lost.
Market day: Wed.
• GPS: 44.16252, 4.620075
"Le Val de Tave", map+info (1:25'000)
The GR42A (Grande Randonnée) passes through the center of Bagnols-sur-Cèze.
To the south, the GR42A crosses the Plateau de Lacau (270 m) and joins the GR42 trail beside the ancient Roman ruins at the Camp de César. The GR42 goes southeast through Laudun-l Ardoise and St Laurent-des-Arbres to Roquemaure on the banks of the Rhône.
To the north, the GR42A crosses through the Valbonne forest, past Montalivet (356m) by the Chartreuse de Valbonne, and north to the Ardeche river at Aiguèze an St Martin-d'Ardèche.
There are many restaurants and terrace café-restaurants in Bagnols-sur-Cèze. We recently (June 2014) ate at L'Aveyronnais and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Contemporary and modern art, specializing in Provencal art.
Location: Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville), Place Mallet, 2nd floor
Open: Tue - Sun, 10h-12h, 14h-18h
Closed: Monday, some holidays
Tel: 0466 505 056
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).