A quaint city in the green and cool Lot Valley, it is dominated by its awesome and inspiring 14th century gothic cathedral.
Mende and the Outdoor Adventures of the Lozere:
It is close to the breathtaking Gorges du Tarn, a massive 25-mile canyon. Nearby, Bagnols les Bains is a wonderful thermal spa town, featuring a casino and its own selection of great outdoor activities.
Traveling around this area, one gets the sense of escaping into the true wilderness. There are splendid examples of nature at its finest at almost every turn.
Mende's Urban Side:
History and Geography of the Lozere:
The geography of the Lozère is dramatically varied: deep valleys marked by bubbling streams, steep cliffs, plunging gorges and the dots of the Cevennes mountains. A large portion of the department is consumed by the Parc National des Cevennes, a stunningly beautiful mountainous playground.
Getting Around Mende:
The Transport Urbain Mendois (TUM) does circulate the city, and is a real bargain (6 && for a 10-ride card). If you simply plan to stay in town, this will certainly suffice.
The bus does stop at the train station, but not as frequently as other stops. It will usually be timed to stop after trains get to the station. If you plan to go from train to bus, be sure to hustle to the bus stop after you arrive.
Sightseeing in Mende:
Although Mende does not have any major shopping centers, what it has is truly more pleasant. Stroll the streets of its city center for a sampling of boutiques and locally-owned shops. Some of the best finds are jewelry, wooden sculptures, pottery and textiles. There are a few shops specializing in beautiful pottery and local creations.
Natural Wonders of the Lozere:
The Cevennes National Park is an amazing world unto its own. There are 225,000 acres in the park’s core, and another 568,000 acres make up the periphery. The park has been designated a world biosphere reserve and the Cevennes span a variety of micro-climates.
Booking Options in Mende, France:
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