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Payzac Eglise de St Pierre-aux-liens
Payzac Eglise de St Pierre-aux-Liens
Payzac is a small rural commune in the southern Ardèche in the foothills of the Parc des Monts d’Ardèche and at the entrance to the parc national des Cévennes. From different parts of the commune there are views southwest to the Serre de Barre, west to Mont Lozere both in the Cevennes, Mont Ventoux to the southwest, the Ecrins and the Alps to the east.
Payzac is characterised by its vineyards, olive groves, dry-stone terraced walls (faysses) and forests, in all a feast of tranquillity.
There are several domains within the Payzac commune that offer wine-tastings, but most grapes are processed at the main Cave in Lablachere. There are three separate olive pressing estates, some of which offer tours and tastings.
Faysses is the local name for a form of terraced walling which are a feature of the extreme south of the Ardeche and are worth seeking out. There are many to be found in Payzac. Many were built to retain soil, preventing erosion of the land, allowing otherwise unyielding land to be cultivated. Historically, there were also mulberry trees on the land to provide food for silkworms. With the demise of the silk trade in the area the arable land is now largely olives and vines.
At the centre of the commune of Payzac is the Romanesque church of St Pierre-aux-Liens. A feature are the four bells.
Payzac has an extensive network of marked trails to walk and hike, a guide to which can be found in the parking area at the salle de blache in the centre of the village.
There is a small and friendly market of local Ardechoise produce held each Sunday, in the centre of Payzac, during July and August. The Comptoir de Payzac offers essential food products including fresh bread and croissants, as well as a café and restaurant designated Bistrot de Pays.