Village of Saint-Gineys-en-Coiron

Saint-Gineis-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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Description

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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Coordinates

  • 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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Cultural

Guided tour of the Balmes de Montbrun

Guided tour of the Balmes de Montbrun

Guided tour of the Balmes de Montbrun with 2 guide-lecturers who are members of the GUILDE (association of guide-lecturers or “Utopian Guides Playfully Inspiring Discovery and Wonder”).
Visit for everyone from 7 years old.
Please arrive with good shoes as the terrain is steep.

Phone : 06 34 64 14 72

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

Entertainment/recreation

14 juillet à St Gineys

14 juillet à St Gineys

On the occasion of the National Day, the Festival Committee of St Gineys en Coiron organizes:
Wreath laying at the war memorial
12:30 p.m.: Meal – Paella
3 p.m.: Pétanque competition (in triplets, A+B competition endowment, stakes)
Buffet – Snack bar

Phone : 04 75 36 72 67

Equipment

Furnished accommodation and Gîtes

La Salamandre Wi-fiSwimming pool

La Salamandre

The gite has a lovely view of the countryside with a terrace facing the south and an enclosed wooded garden, a pool shared only by the property owners and private parking. 5 persons capacity: 2 full size bed and a small bed, 2 showers and 2 WC.

Phone : 06 71 72 61 00