Village of Saint-Gineys-en-Coiron

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At the southern end of the village you will find an exceptional archeological and geological site, called Balmes de Montbrun. The name Balmes d'Montbrun or burned mountain, evokes its volcanic origins.
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Inside the crater of this ancient volcano the cave dwellers amazingly carved their homes using the lava rock, even constructing a chapel to St. Catherine. The site made up a real village (over 30 of the caves have 2 levels).

Poor peasants still continued to live in them just up to the end of the 19th century.

It is one of the best examples of medieval cave dwelling in the South of France.

From the top promontory of Des Balmes you can see the site of the Oppidum of Cheylard.

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  • Adress07580 Saint-Gineis-en-Coiron
  • Contact04 75 36 72 67
    04 75 94 89 28
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  • GPS coordinatesLatitude : 44.633234
    Longitude : 4.533508

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Les Balmes de Montbrun

Les Balmes de Montbrun

Discovery of the site between geology and history: an old volcanic crater converted into a troglodyte village.
Duration: 2h30
Reservation required (limited places: 25 people max)
Good walkers only.
Walking shoes, water and sunscreen essential.

Phone : 04 75 91 45 09

Cultural Heritage

Balmes de Montbrun

Balmes de Montbrun

Thirty caves, some of them consisting of 2 levels, have been carved into different places in the cliffs. You can still see how people once lived in the caves: beams, staircases, coves, skylights, gutters, grooving and seating.

Phone : 04 75 94 89 28

Statue de Sainte Raöne

Statue de Sainte Raöne

A very touching story: It has been said that since old times this statue (the Virgen Mary with the Child Jesus) was sculpted by a young shepherd of the Bas-Montbrun area in a cherry grove.

Phone : 04 75 36 72 67