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Le Font du Merle
70, Le Fraissinet
30110 Branoux-les-Taillades
+31 6 22 05 96 12
+33 7 84 99 61 83
+33 7 84 99 61 99
+33 4 66 60 63 22

Merel / Merle

Part of the campsite

Oleander on the campsite

Henry and Betty Mulder

This campsite is just non-smoking: This is a smoke-free campsite.

Our campsite is non-smoking, smoking is not permitted on our campsite, no cigarettes, no e-cigarettes. Charcoal barbecues are also not used.

bank debit cards and credit cards are accepted

Chèque vacances connect ANCV accepté

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The Cevennes, a beautiful area!

This can be done in the area:

This nice place where many sporting activities are possible is about 2 km away. lescamboux.com

Activities at the lake

In summer, children can enjoy playing in this water playground with lots of bouncy castles. This is located next to Lake Camboux, near the dam. About 3.5 km from the campsite. Nice place for a day out, with snack bar and recreational lake.

Waterslide by the lake
bouncy castles by the lake

Wonderful hiking with various signposted routes. In the spacious area of Alès, about 15 km from us, there are more than 2000 km of hiking trails. Enough for hours of hiking pleasure ... One of the routes starts a few hundred meters from the campsite.

View from a nearby hill. View from a nearby hill.

In La Grand Combe there is a market on Wednesday and Saturday. The town is also worth a short visit on other days. The square with the fountains, the big church, le marie ... lagrandcombe.fr/tourisme

La Grand Combe

There are church services in La Grand Combe on Sundays. The Protestant church La Fraternité (Unepref, Église Réformée Évangélique), of which we are a member, has a service every Sunday at 10.30 a.m. ere-grandcombe.com
The Roman Catholic church Paroisse La Grand Combe holds a service at 9.30 am, just like on Saturday at 6 pm. There are of course several church services to visit in the area.

The Fossil Forest

The Dinopedia, together with the fossil forest, is unique in France. If your (grand) children like dinosaurs, you should definitely visit this place! (4 km) dinopedia-parc.fr

Also visiting the museum about the former mining is possible.maison-du-mineur.com In the building next door there is another museum about old crafts: Maison des Métiers Anciens.

Château de Portes is nice to visit. Only 10 km from the campsite. It is also often visited by bicycle, which is nice to combine with the restaurant just next to it. A beautiful cycle route to it. chateau-portes.org/

le train TAC For families with young children, the narrow-gauge train from St Cecile d'Andorge is also recommended. This is located 6 km from the campsite. You take a ride by train, get something to drink and something tasty at the end point, where the children can also play, before you make the return journey. tacletrain.org/

In terms of tree climbing parks, you can choose from various options:
A little to the north of us is a beautiful tree climbing park, Parc Aventure "le Grand Bois" in Molières Sur Cèze, with the possibility to fly over a valley with a zip line of no less than 320 meters!

There is also a tree climbing park in Bagard, south of our campsite. A Water Jump was also created, mainly by the teenagers is highly appreciated in summer. Sliding, jumping, bombs, everything is possible. Laser gaming and an escape room in the forest are also possible. More info on aquaforest.fr/

Ales also has an indoor accro industry with a skate park, ideal for a rainy day, but of course suitable for every day. urbanparc.fr/

Prefer something more spectacular: Viewing the Cevennes from the air is an option at Parapente Sud. (35 km from the campsite) parapente-sud.com

Alès is a larger city, with naturally more things to do and see.

Fancy excitement and adventure, speed and racing? Then you can go to the Alès race track, Pôle Mécanique, about 15 km away from the campsite. Karting, motorcycle and car races possible. pole-mecanique.fr/nos-circuits/circuit-karting/

A little further away is Nimes , definitely worth a visit. Some things you should not miss: Les Arènes, Maison Carrée and Jardin De La Fontaine. Click on the link and find much more beautiful things, also information about group visits with a guide.

Roman theater maison Carée

Jardin De La Fonaine

A beautiful medieval village Vézénobres, vezenobres.fr


Pont du Gard The Pont du Gard, which is on every 5 euro banknote, must of course also be visited. Part of the water that flows under this world-famous bridge first flowed past our campsite. The structure was made by the Romans, it was finished in 52 AD. It is not for nothing that it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Pont du Gard is really worth a visit!


Cascade de Rûnes

You can enjoy a day of enjoying nature in Lozère, the least populated department in all of France, which starts 5 km from the campsite. The Rûnes waterfalls are definitely worth a visit, nice to combine with the town of Pont de Mont-Vert, with a special history. Tips available at reception. Mont Aigoual ("Rain Mountain") is a mountain of the Massif de l'Aigoual and is located on the border between the departments of Lozère and Gard in France. It is approximately 1565 meters high, making it the highest peak in the Gard and the second highest in Lozère and the Cevennes. The highest point in the Cévennes at 1699 m (on the summit of the Finiels), Mont-Lozère extends like a large plateau for more than 35 kilometers and is worth a beautiful day trip.

Musee du Desert

The Cévennes are also a region well known to Protestant Huguenots. The Desert Museum in Mialet, near Anduze provides more information. Information available in several languages!

Caves de Cocalière The Cocalière Caves are among the most beautiful caves in France. Marvel at the underground parts of the earth, but also visit the discovery path above the caves. Also take a look at the St. Bernard Chapel, a rock witness to historical episodes during the Protestant gatherings in the "desert", the period when it was forbidden to be Protestant here. This open-air walk is also an invitation to discover the Mediterranean flora of this area. grotte-cocaliere.com

Grotten de Trabuc

You will be surprised in the Trabuc caves. Listen to the guide who knows a lot about the tour and enjoy all the beautiful underground things. grotte-de-trabuc.com

Of course there is much more possible, feel free to inquire at the reception for great ideas. You can also find information at this locations: cevennes-tourisme.fr and tourismegard.com/que-faire/activites/ There is plenty to do, and one vacation is probably not enough to do everything, you can come back as often as you want...