Cirque de Mourèze

Open air museum

On this 340 ha site, the Cirque de Mourèze boasts with enormous rocks in surprising shapes, formed by water and time. This exceptional and desert-like site offers a beautiful scene to be discovered during a hike between the rocks.

Located near the majestic Salagou Lake, the Mourèze Circus is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural sites of the Massif Central and the Occitanie region. A place of refuge during Prehistory, later occupied by shepherds and coalmen, this natural enclosure is composed of extraordinary geological formations formed by erosion over time. The Sphinx, impressive massive column, is probably the most famous of them. On your way, you'll see several other pinnacles with evocative names such as the Bear, the Shepherd, the Cerberus, the Henhouse Tower, the Tower of the Breach, the Oracle, the Guardian and the High Furnaces. One of the most beautiful views is at the lookout Courtinals Park, where you will find an orientation table.

This karst area is also a paradise for lovers of outdoor activities, especially hiking. The Circus of Mourèze is home to several trails and walks are suitable for most visitors, adults and children, sportsmen and occasional walkers. From the Courtinals car park, you can take a circular circuit of 7.5 km (average level, yellow markings, approximately 420 m of elevation gain). This loop offers the opportunity to see the main natural sculptures and to take the height to have a panoramic view on the magnificent landscapes which surround you. You will climb to the summit of Mount Liausson, the highest point of the circus, which rises to 535 m of altitude. Along the way you will find several other trails that can shorten the ride.