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Bivouac underground, discover the art of stained glass or learn about the life of a shepherd: it is in Lozère that this happens! This sparsely urbanized territory has surprises and natural wonders in store for you. The least populated department in France, Lozère has barely 73,000 inhabitants, including 13,000 in Mende, the former capital of Gévaudan. With an average altitude of almost 1,000 metres, this department is one of the highest in the country, ranging from 200 metres in the Cévennes valleys to 1,699 metres on Mont Lozère. Of modest size, however, Lozère offers a wide variety of landscapes. To the north, between 800 and 1,500 metres, the grassy hills of the basaltic Aubrac feed red cows with beautiful horns, while the granitic Margeride alternates coniferous forests, meadows and moors. To the southwest, the causses, limestone plateaus with underground caves, are the territory of the sheep who are satisfied with the grass of the garrigue and the magnificent gorges of the Tarn and Jonte, which are very popular with tourists in summer. Finally, the last regional geological feature, the Cévennes (southwest), is a region of chestnut ridges and deep valleys.

The Lozère is home to rare animal reserves (bison, wolves, vultures...), caves, menhirs, dolmens and many hiking trails. Not a site without its marked hiking trail! On the cheese platter: five PDOs - Roquefort, Causses blue, laguiole, pelardon and Auvergne blue - and many Lozère tommes, including the Fédou du causse Méjean, made with Lacaune sheep's milk. Test sausages, tripe and... bag of bones.

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When to go to Lozère?

Lozère is a pleasant destination, with a mild climate in summer, harsher in winter, and Mende is as sunny as Toulouse. However, you should be wary of rainfall. The wettest areas extend from the slopes of Aigoual to Mont Lozère via the Cévennes, and from Margeride to Aubrac, where it snows more than 50 days a year. The Cévennes can be affected by episodes of heavy rainfall producing high cumulative amounts, from autumn to spring, particularly in September and October. To avoid during this period and refer to the weather forecast before leaving for a hike or bivouac

If summer is the high season which sees tourists marching through the gorges of the Tarn and on the hiking trails, the Lozère, very wooded, shines in autumn. The trees blaze and the undergrowth is covered with mushrooms, ceps, chanterelles, morels, mousserons... It is also the season of the deer's brame whose spectacular parade can be observed in September. Autumn also invites you to chestnut outings in the heart of the Cévennes valleys. Winter is the low tourist season.

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Pictures Lozère

Les gorges du Tarn - MACUMAZAHN - FOTOLIA
Loups canadiens - Andyworks
La Malène - Monique Pouzet - Fotolia
Le pont de Notre-Dame, à Mende. - Point2vue - Fotolia

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Lozère is a pleasant destination, with a mild climate in summer, harsher in winter, and Mende is as sunny as Toulous...
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Two climatic influences for Lozère: oceanic in the north, from Aubrac to Margeride, Mediterranean influences mainly...
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