Gard (30) Population: 210
La Bastide-d'Engras is a very small village arranged in a line just below its protective castle. The only picturesque site in the village is the tall bell tower with its campanile sitting in the very center.
No village café, no commerce.
The castle, a 12-century chateau-fort is barely visible from outside the village, or inside, is private and non-visitable, but has an interesting history.
The few village streets are not particularly interesting to explore and there are no squares to visit.
La Bastide-d'Engras has an old covered lavoir (washhouse), just a short walk south from the center, on Rue du Lavoir. It faces southwest so the best time to see it is with the afternoon sun.
A very picturesque old chapel, partially in ruins, sits out in the woods 700 m from the eastern end of the village. It's a 10-15 minute hike out on a pretty trail through the woods to the chapel. The ruins include a tall, intact bell tower in the original stone and a partially restored nave and rounded apse. Behind the chapel is an ancient graveyard, with old, grey headstones from the end of the 19th century.
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Some hiking in the hills along the south and to adjacent villages. These village (west to east) are connected by a series of short loop-hike trails, with about 3 km between each village: La Bruguière, Fontarèches, St Laurent-la-Vernède, La Bastide-d Engras, Pougnadoresse
Transportation La Bastide-d'Engras
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).