The « Estival de l'Aigoual » festival of science, culture and local traditions takes place every year during the first weekend in August. Conferences, story-telling, activities, concerts and star-gazing make the event a fun experience in a unique setting. Since 13 August 2018 the heavens above Aigoual have become the largest dark sky reserve in Europe (global status awarded to the Cévennes National Park). The sunrises and sunsets here are marvellous sights, but if you plan to spend the night star-gazing, make sure you are well-equipped ! Nights are chilly, even in summer, in fact even in the daytime it’s best to have a jumper as it’s often windy on Aigoual !
And don’t hesitate to come back every season. In autumn, the mountain is bedecked in the most wonderful colours, time to go mushroom picking and grill chestnuts on the fire ! In spring, wild flowers brighten up the countryside as nature begins to stir. In winter the scenery is simply magical. Less than 2 hours from Montpellier and Nîmes, the little ski resort of Prat Peyrot, at the foot of Aigoual, has toboggan slopes, 14 downhill skiing pistes, 60km of cross-country ski trails and 10km of snowshoe trails. Finally, if an elevation gain of 1,200m does not scare you why not attack the famous walk along the ‘sentier des 4000 marches’ path across the Massif de l’Aigoual !
Continue your discovery tour of South Cévennes by visiting the Cirque de Navacelles
How to get to Mont Aigoual
Observatoire de l’Aigoual – L’Espérou – 30570 VALLERAUGUE
Observatory opening times : 1 May to 30 September : 10.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 18.00. 5 July to 24 August : 10.00 -19.00. Group visits by reservation only, except in summer."