The Town of MARVEJOLS lies in
the department of LOZERE, in the South of France.
To see exactly where it is,
You have just arrived in Marvejols,
a medieval township full of character, bearing the hallmarks of "occitan"
culture with a history rich in upheavals and anecdotes.
From its Gallo-Roman standing stone (Place Girou) to its
three imposing fortified 17th century gateways, Marvejols is a real journey
through time and through the history of Upper Languedoc, during which your
wanderings lead you at random through its narrow medieval alleyways.
Marvejols became a "Royal Town" in 1307, when Philippe IV, the Fair, made
it his capital of Gevaudan. Fortified during the Hundred Years War, the
town converted to Protestantism in the 16th Century, taking the side of
Henri of Navarre, later to become Henri IV of France.
It paid a heavy price for this !
Besieged by the troops of the
Duke of Joyeuse, whitch had come to take the southern garrisons by
surprise, three quarters of the population were massacred, the town
set alight and the fortifications torn down...
In appreciation, Henri IV would have the town rebuild after 1601. The three
fortified gateways (Chanelles, Théron, and Soubeyran Gates) bear witness to
these troubled times.
Marvejols is also the cradle of many
recognised artists such as Louis Rigal, who won the Rome Grand Prix
for painting in 1919, Emmanuel Auriscote, the 1950s sculptor, or René
Jaudon (1889-1968) painter, lithographer and outstanding teacher.
Lying 670 meters (over 2000 feet)
above sea-level between the Aubrac and the Margeride, very close to
the Gorges of the Rivers Tarn and Jonte and the Causses of Méjean and
Sauveterre, Marvejols is a town not be missed in the heartland of Lozère.
An ideal place for active or relaxing
holidays, Marvejols will always be a source of intense pleasure in
discovery a multi-faceted coutryside of wide open spaces.
A town of 6,000 inhabitants, centre of catchment area of 10,000 customers,
Marvejols is a focal point for the local community thanks to his markets
of regional importance and to its many and varied business and local
In the course of your visit, you
may wish to explore the church of Notre Dame de la Carce (17th Century),
the modern statues by E. Auricoste of Henri IV
and of the Beast of Gevaudan, a mythical animal,
whose ravages betwen 1764 and 1767 are engraved in folk memory
And also the three fortified gateways
and the Europe Place
Marvejols is only a few kilometers
from the Gevaudan Wolf Park, the Château de la Baume " the Versailles
of Gevaudan ", the Margeride Bison Park and many other attractions.
5 hours by car from Paris and from Spain via the nearby
A75 motorway, equidistant between Toulouse and Lyon and blessed with quality
restaurants and hotels, Marvejols is becoming the essential staging-post
on your next holiday or business trip.
The local quality of life and the environment led to the creation of a centre
for mobility training and functional rehabilitation as well as to the development
of many medical training centres.
Several secondary schools, a clinic and a hospital, and very active local
organisations bear witness to the genuinely outlook of Marvejols, a dynamic
town looking for the future.
In conclusion, a wide range of accomodation (hotels, 3-star campsite, holiday
village and many furnishedholidays-lets) enable us to welcome you on the
very best terms.
Dive, run, swim, ride and paint in Marvejols
: Public swimming pool, Moulinet Lake with its
water-slide, pony trekking and riding lessons, tennis, table tennis, painting,
walking and moutain-bikes trips, the Marvejols-Mende half marathon (in July)...
Enjoy yourself, go out and join in... in Marvejols :
Cultural festivals (in the third week of July), folk festivals, the
carnival procession on 15th August, exhibitions, entertainment...
Throughout the summer, the Tourist Office offers :
- exploring the archaeological museum
- guided walks round the old town
- coach tours and guided walks on the Aubrac and the Margeride .
Savour, discover and have fun... in Marvejols and the
surrounding area :
A variety of restaurants, inns and farmhouse-inns offer you an opportunity
to discover and to appreciate our local gastronomic specialities in surroundings
that are always warm and welcoming.