On the heights of Sauve, an authentic Gardois village in the heart of the Coutach Massif, the Mer de Rochers offers a unique and enchanting spectacle.
Geological phenomena have sculpted this relief giving it a lunar landscape aspect in a maze of paths. Fantastic rocks rise up in the middle of the vegetation.
A phenomenon that scientists explain as follows: under the effect of carbonic acid (rain and wind) the carbonate of lime and magnesia rocks decalcify little by little and the magnesia, more resistant, forms these edges.
On the approximately 5.5 km long marked path that runs through the area, the visitor will come across the "Castellas", an emblematic construction of Sauve.
In 1704, the Intendant of Languedoc Roussillon de Basville ordered to enclose the Castellas rock within the walls of Sauve and to build a guardhouse there.
In the heart of the Mer de Rochers is the castle of Roquevaire surrounded by plots of land still delimited by dry-stone walls and a few paths once used by muleteers and carefully paved with gravel. This now abandoned site was cultivated until the middle of the 20th century and still keeps the trace of numerous orchards, cherry trees, peach trees, olive trees, vines, mulberry and hackberry trees which were the basis of the local economy.
Also to be seen in Sauve, the Museum of the Forks.
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