Perched on a rocky peak, the old village of Cornillon, a formerly
fortified site, is inscribed on the list of protected sites.
The district constitutes 10 hamlets: Cabrol, La Vérune,
Cornillon Village, St Nabor, St Gely, Roman, Talazargues, Cazerneau,
Privat, and Ivagnas. The most important one, St Gély,
is a good starting place for hikes through the hills and on
the banks of the Cèze.
Visitors can enjoy several events: at the end of winter and beginning of spring,
the town hosts the French and World championship bicycle and dirt-bike races
in the spectacular outdoor arenas of the Idarocs. In the summer, there are yard
sales and flea markets on June 25, mass in Provençal and paëlla on
July 1, feasts and fireworks on July 14, and the celebration of the Club de l'Amitié on
Visitors can stroll through the picturesque little streets, admire the fountain,
and daydream by the village's gray walls.
||There are numerous guest houses, self-catering cottages, campgrounds,
and inns to welcome you.
||During your promenade under the ramparts and through the old
alleyways, you will wonder at the gargoyles which have decorated the old
rooves for years. You will also marvel at the sarcophagi which are kept near
||The ramparts and the ruins of the old feudal castle are evidence
of a glorious past. Begun in the Early Christian era, Cornillon has had a
tumultuous history. The castle is first mentioned in 1121. In 1379 (the era
of the popes of Avignon), Pope Gregory XI's brother settled there. The revolt
of Tuchins in 1383 and the Wars of Religion in 1559 proved to be long and
bloody. The uprising of Henry de Montmorency against royal authority in 1632
resulted in the dismantling of the castle of Cornillon. From the castle courtyard,
reconstructed as an open-air theater, you have a magnificent view of the
Cèze Valley. A viewpoint diagram in the Place du Barry, at the edges
of the ramparts, allows you to situate the different villages of this district.
|Since the district is located in the Côtes du Rhône
region, many producers will compete to offer you their wines.