Explore the ancient area of Gevaudan in the Occitan region of France which was discovered in 1096 by Celtic Gauls. Later conquered by the Romans, the area eventually became inhabited by the Huegonots at the start of the Renaissance period. It is situated within the borders of Massif Central where Mount Lozere is the highest peak of this mountain range in south central France. The Tarn River carves a gorge between the Sauveterre and Mejean limestone plateaus creating a stunning natural vista described by many as one of the most impressive canyons in Europe. Further north, the valley of Le Lot separates the “causses”, or limestoneplateaus of Sauveterre and Margueride. This area is rich in the history and culture of the Camisards, rebellious French Protestants comprised of peasants, craftsmen, and wool trade workers. The dramatic rock formations, deep canyons, and rivers of the Cevennes attract outdoor enthusiasts for rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, and caving.