Located on the heights of the village, the castle of Gicon belongs since 1973 to the Cellar of the Vine growers of Chusclan. Culminating point of the commune to 245 meters the site of Gicon was formerly famous for its strategic vision of the Valley of the Rhone, Cèze and on four provinces: Languedoc, Provence, Auvergne and Dauphiné.
The access is possible by pedestrian paths (GR. and others) and the communal ways, are relative distance of the village and its at the same time wine and wooded environment make a place of calm of it
Celts and Gallic left the blocks of supporting on the 3 sides of the quay level. The Roman occupant built the calade of entry of the site dominating the “villa” of the bottom of the hill. Given into 945 to the Blessings of St Saturnin di Port1 55 Priors will be Seigneurs of Gicon until 1789. With the Middle Ages, they build a castle fortress whose enclosure shelters a garrison of 300 men: home seigneurial, turns of duty, central keep. It lodged the King Saint Louis on the way of the crusade. Several times ruined and separated at the Rebirth, the keep is mined according to the technique of time in 1631-1632, end of the local feudal capacity against the centralism of Louis X111 and Richelieu. Forsaken by its five owners of 1816 to 1973, the site during three centuries is a stone quarry from where a return to the natural vegetation. In 1973, the Cellar of the Vine growers reconstitutes 12 hectares of the old vineyard seigneurial incus in the surface “Coasts of the Rhone” which finds today in a vintage exceptionnellela fermented “Castle of Gicon”.
You walk to traversle village of CHUSCLAN, you will appreciate its picturesque lanes, its arches, its paved places…
You will admire the ruins of the castle of Gicon (XIIIème century) the vault co. Madeleine (XI, XIIème century), the farm of the hikers (GR. 42), the restored stained glasses of the church St Julien and the organ classified going back to 1856.
Its oratories, its media library.
The tooth of Marcoule (230m) dominates the valley of the Rhone with far laces from Montmirail and the Mount Ventoux side Vaucluse, the camp of César, the valley of Cèze Gard side. A view-point will make you discover the nuclear factory of Marcoule.
THE WOOD OF CHUSCLAN
Amateurs of nature come to walk in many wood dominating the village, a course of health and a path of discovered will enable you to spend a pleasant moment in the middle of the Mediterranean scents.
Fish, bathe, VTT, hiking, contest of balls.
Vine growings (Coast of the Rhone village), fruit and vegetables of season.