The south of France now, since the end of June 2011, has a 9th site classified as a UNESCO world Heritage Site Les Cevennes and Les Causses.
The area stretches from the north of Montpelier, across to Roquefort in the Aveyron, and covering the departements of The Gard (30), L’HÃ©rault (34), L’Aveyron (12), the LozÃ¨re (48) and includes the plateau de Larzac and the Monts de LozÃ¨re.
The area is exceptional for the sites of outstanding natural beauty from the dry craggy outcrops of the Cevennes, the incredible Cirque de Navacelles and the gentle rolling hillsides of the Aveyron. The areas is sparsely populated with the cleanest rivers in France crossing the region and covers an area of 3,000 Km2, which is not the whole of the Causses nor the Cevennes – but enough to get totally lost in this beautiful wilderness.
The Cevennes and The Causses is classified as an important region of Agricultural/pastoral activities, which includes the non-intensive sheep farming to produce the delicious Roquefort cheese.