The Village

Slumbering in the sun, a labyrinth of ancient streets, miraculously free of traffic

As the name suggests, Fons was originally a Roman settlement. In the boom years of silk production, it was five times the size it is today, and boasted three inns, four bakeries and at least one brothel as well as a chateau and many large houses. The church is the fourth to stand on the site, the others having been burnt down in the wars of religion.

Open every day, the village’s bar extraordinaire also does good food and regularly has live music. Not to be missed.

La Goulade

Fons and neighbouring villages have a rich programme of fêtes throughout the summer.


May 29, Ascension – “Michoui” – a day-long fete with spit roasted lamb.


June, the St Jean,  nearest Saturday to 21st June.  Picnic on trestle tables in the square below the house. Grill provided to cook your own sausages. Live music. The high point is leaping the bonfire…


July 13 – Bastille Day Eve.  In Fons festivities are held the night before the public holiday. Usually a picnic by the Mairie, followed by fireworks.


August – first weekend of August is the Fete Votive. Three days of merrymaking, boules and dancing.


August 15 – Feast of the Annunciation. A catered dinner in the square, organised by the older Fonsois.  Needs to be booked at the shop in advance.


The village has a superb épicerie, open seven days a week in summer

(six outside high season)

The épicerie sells meat, cheese, vegetables and everything for day-to-day living, eating and drinking, down to toothpaste and charcoal.

Bread is delivered daily.

There are supermarkets in Uzès, Bagnols-sur-Cèze, St Ambroix, Alès and Barjac – all around 20 minutes by car. The nearest petrol station is in Lussan, 5 km away.

Walk straight out of the village along ancient tracks into the garrigue or up to Les Rochers for stunning sunsets...

...and glorious views.

Pepsy Dening, Mas la Clastre

30580 Fons-sur-Lussan

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