The small village of Florac, the only sub-prefecture in the Lozère, boasts 2,000 inhabitants, but its population trebles during the summer period.
Florac is the capital of Les Cévennes national park, the hub of which is located in the castle.
Florac lies at the crossroads of three outstanding geological sites: the schist of the Cévennes, the granite Lozère mountain and the limestone of the plateaus of south-central France. Even on foot, visitors setting out from Florac have the chance to contemplate some very varied landscapes. This gives our village a rather special charm, which is greatly appreciated by visitors and inhabitants alike. Florac also lies at the confluence of four watercourses: the Source of Le Pêcher (from pescio, ‘fishpond’ in Occitan), a fabulous resurgence from the Méjean limestone populated by large trout, the Tarnon, the Mimente and the Tarn. No wonder then that Florac is said to be the “crossroads of stone and water”.
Florac harbours a former convent that has since been listed, on the front wall of which is engraved the Latin motto “multa renascentur quae jam cecidere” (a lot can be reborn from what was already dead), an assertion of faith in the resurrection of the dead.
A land of Camisards (French Protestant insurgents), Maquis (members of the Resistance) and the Righteous among the Nations (individuals who hid Jews during the last war), Florac asserts itself as a land of resistance, tolerance and hospitality.