Calvisson is one of the villages of the Vaunage valley situated 17 Km West of Nimes, 38 Km East of Montpellier and just a few kilometres from the little town of Sommieres.
If you go up to the top of the hill called “Roc de Gachone” where the remains of three windmills overlook the village, you will get a beautiful view over the valley and all the way to the sea.
Take a walk round the old streets of this pretty village. The central plaza with a fountain and cafés is charming and looks so typically French. If you walk up to the oldest part of the village you will come across a very pretty old covered market. The Vaunage was the setting of constant strife between Catholics and Protestants during the 17th and 18th centuries so this is why you will find in Calvisson both a Protestant Church -with its classical architecture- and an impressive Roman Catholic Church.
One of the things I prefer about this active village is its Sunday outdoor market that takes place all year long on the central plaza. You can go there to buy fruit, vegetables and meat for your Sunday lunch and then sit at the terrace of one of the cafés for a little refreshment. The market also proposes some retail items such as nice straw baskets and hats.
If you are feeling a bit sporty, go for a cycle along the “Voie Verte”, an old local railway that has been transformed into a bike path. I suggest for instance cycling to Sommières and spending a bit of time in that beautiful little medieval town before cycling back to Calvisson. Bring your own bikes or rent some from the shop “Vaunage Passion Velos” which is right on the Voie Verte (1 av des marchands). More about this cycling path here: http://www.ot-sommieres.fr/file/VoieVertesommieres.pdf
So now you know more about Calvisson, I hope I’ll see you there next Sunday