Travel in France – the Vidourle

The Vidourle rises in the hills around St Roman de Codières and flows into the sea near Le Grau du Roi. The river  flows underground at times, and is prone to violent floods, vidourlades, after heavy rain, particularly in the autumn. It is c.85k in length.

The Vidourle in St Hippolyte du Fort
The Vidourle in St Hippolyte du Fort, 2008

The river near St Hippo in 2008, and then three days later at the same spot.

The Vidourle

The same spot, a few days later

The Vidourle

The same spot, a few days later

At Sauve part of the river flows under the town, bursting out from a hole to join the main river at a Mill. In 2008 it was in full flow for a few days, but usually there is just a ‘hole’. Sauve is a remarkable town, with a very ancient history.

The Vidourles bursting out from under the town, 2008

The same place at another time

The Vidourle in Sauve in 2008
The Vidourle in Sauve in 2008
Sauve - le pont vieux
Sauve – the 11C Pont Vieux at ‘normal’ times

Quissac is situated at the crossing of two important roads – Nîmes to the Larzac, and Montpellier to Alés – and the name is Roman in origin, Quintiacum or the domaine of Quintius. The town is badly affected by a Vidourlade. 

Vidourlade in Quissac (Wikipedia)
Vidourlade in Quissac (Wikipedia)
The Vidourle at Quissac
The Vidourle at Quissac

Sommiereon the Vidourle River, has ancient origins, and is subject to regular flooding.

Sommieres, the Vidourle and the Roman Bridge
Sommieres, the Vidourle and the Roman Bridge
Vidourlade in Sommieres in 2002
Vidourlade in Sommieres in 2002 (Wikipedia)
Sommieres in  2002
Sommieres in 2002

 

You may be interested in
Sommieres in 2002, photograph from here
The Vidourle under Sauve, 2010, caught on YouTube
The Vidourle at Marsillargues, 2009, YouTube
The Vidourle and Vidourlades, book with fascinating photographs of Sommieres
The Vidourlade of 30 October 2010
A vidourlade in Quissac

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