Give in to the charm of an
unspoilt area with many advantages
and a wealth of treasures.

We shall be happy to introduce you
to our region when you stay here
and share with you our pleasure
in living here.

Looking for somewhere unusual ?
New horizons ?
Unspoilt nature ?
Fancy a look at local bull games
or a feria or do you just want
to discover local produce ?

We can help you organise
your holiday, and even take you
to one of the many events
(Ferias, sports fixtures or festivals)
which animate life in our region.



The Vidourle river and the probable
existence of a ford to across it linking
the Mediterranean to the Causses
(high moors) have drawn
people here since time
immemorial, as can be seen from the
archaeological remains discovered
upstream in the valley of the Vidourle.

The Roman emperor Tiberius had it
built in the first century AD and the
city grew up around it.
189 metres long with 17 arches,
the bridge opened the way from
Nîmes in the east and Toulouse
and Lodève in the west ( Montpellier did
not yet exist).

The castle of Sommières was built
in the tenth century and occupied by
Bernard III of Anduze.

Sommières was a mediaeval city,
parts of which still remain.
References to it are found in
the history of southern France.

In the Middle Ages, the population was
clustered round the castle which
provided refuge and protection.

The industry of the town
developed round leather-working.

The tanners set up their workshops
in the riverbed to use the water.

They built their dwellings on
the arches of the Roman bridge,
high up to be out of the way of the
notorious flash floods of the Vidourle.

This architecture is typical
of the lower town.
The streets at right angles
are arranged so that the
flood waters can flow down to what is
now the Place des Docteurs Dax
(or Place du Marché).

Annexed to the kingdom of France
in 1248 after Louis IX (Saint Louis)
defeated the Comte de Toulouse
(whom the lords of Sommières were related to),
the town, like the rest of the region
during the wars of religion
endured a period of violence and
severe conflicts throughout the
15 th and 16 th centuries.

All that remains now of the castle,
which was used as a prison after the
revocation of the Edict of Nantes and
left derelict after the Revolution,
are ruins except for the tower which is
in very good condition and can be visited.


Sommières :
The clock gate



Sommières : The annual springtime mediaeval festival
in Sommières commemorates the city's past


Sommières : Towards the market square



Need some exercise ?
Want to use your holidays to get back
into shape, practise your favourite
sports or just experience a few precious
moments of culture or sport ?

There's more to Sommières than history !
Throughout your stay you have
free access to the tennis courts
and can use mountain bikes.

We also offer a wide range
of rambles on foot, horseback or bike
where you can explore the secret parts
of the Camargue, the wonderful Cévennes,
the garrigue and its hillsides and, of course,
discover all the other activities.
offered by the Sommières Tourist Office.

Other activities are offered as well,
like fishing (sea or river),
outings on the Vidourle or on the
green path
(from Sommières to St Dionisy
and suitable for walking, skating,
mountain biking, cycle-cross, etc.) or
one of the many GR trails in the region.


Blue landscape of the Cévennes




Landspace from
the Pic St Loup mountain




The Cévennes

Sommières : Motocros in march



See our calendar page for events scheduled in the region.
For more information on the region, see the Sommières Tourist Office website.
You can also find out more about Sommières on Wikipedia.
See our access page to know our geographical situation.
Don't hesitate to contact us for any more information and bookings.

La Bistoure - "Le Petit Bourguet" - 1, Rue Antonin Paris - 30250 Sommières - France - Gard - Phone/Fax :(33) 0.466.80.0872
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Sommières is in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, on the boundary of the Gard (30)
and the Hérault (34) departments, and between Alès, Nîmes and Montpellier
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