40 km from Uzès, Barjac has a beautiful location between the Cévennes and the Gorges de l'Ardèche. This village is unique with its strong attraction for the Renaissance style. When you arrive at the entrance of the village, you will be directly transported to the heart of the 15th century with its rich and authentic architecture.
This village offers the Barjacois a unique charm with remarkable architecture visible on the facades of the village houses and village properties; the facades date back to earlier times. The stone arcades draw the cobbled streets all along the historic village.
In the heart of Barjac, a few squares shaded by plane trees have found their place. Numerous restaurants as well as local shops are available. The Provencal market takes place every Friday morning and extends throughout the town of Barjac. You will be able to discover all the local products.
The animation is there like the great fair of Antiquities during Easter and August 15. You will be impressed by the Bio fair organised at the end of July. These events are famous and we invite you to take part in them to enjoy a nice atmosphere.
When you arrive in the village, you have probably seen a stone entrance porch which was in the Middle Ages the main entrance leading to the Rue Droite where all the shops are located. It is called "La Porte Basse". At the end of this street, you will arrive at the Place de la Calade, famous for its horseshoe-shaped staircase leading you to the bottom of the castle.
The highlight of Barjac is the castle of the Counts of Roure dating from the 17th century, attached to the keep built in the 12th century, which is the only remaining tower of the old citadel. At the time, the lords were already looking for luminosity in their homes, which is why you can see magnificent mullioned windows offering a superb view of the outside. Nowadays, it is possible to get there since it houses a large library with a superb vaulted stone ceiling. There is also a cinema, which can be used to host the "Chansons de Paroles" festival, for example, which usually takes place at the end of July. Part of this historical monument now belongs to the town hall of Barjac.
The Renaissance Tower, overlooking the old main square of Barjac, was built of stone and is attached to a beautiful village house belonging to a rich family (the Bannes d'Avéjan family). Its architecture is fantastic however it is now part of a private property; therefore you will only be able to contemplate it from the outside. This one is on the corner of the square, in the heart of Barjac.
Some old mansions are still "visible" like the Hotel de Merle de Lagorce of which only the main entrance door remains, this one dates from the 17th century. Known for having housed Louis XIII for a few days for his passage in the Gard. The Hotel Dufour is a tower built in the 16th century which is still standing located in the historic center of Barjac, in the rue Salavas where it allows the distribution of the different floors of the hotel.
Walking through the narrow streets of the beautiful village of Barjac, you can discover beautiful village houses, properties and mas in the center of the village of Barjac, village house with garden or with a pretty courtyard. You will also be able to see in hotels, private buildings superb apartments with terrace or balcony. You will also be able to discover in the surroundings of the historical center of Barjac village houses to be renovated.
Many circuits are accessible on foot or by bike allowing you to discover the great monuments and historical vestiges remaining in Barjac and its surroundings. For example, by following Orgnac, you will discover about fifteen dolmens, and you will also come across a lot of them in the heart of the Cévennes. You will meet some rivers, caves and archaeological remains and you will enjoy remarkable landscapes. You will surely visit all the small villages around Barjac such as Vagnas, Montclus, Bessas or Méjannes-Le-Clap. A circuit inside the village has been elaborated in order to visit all the monuments present in the heart of the village. You will not miss any beauty that this village of character has to offer.
Finally, you will have the possibility to discover the magnificent Salamandre cave in Méjannes-Le-Clap just below Barjac: a superb attraction to be experienced with family or friends. Close to La Roque-sur-Cèze, you can also go and visit the Sautadet waterfalls, a remarkable site which is worth the detour.