Discover the must-see sites around your 4-star campsite in the Ardèche
The Ardèche gorges
32 kilometers of spectacular gorges in the heart of southern Ardèche! This is what lovers of grandiose landscapes can admire between Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and Saint-Martin-d'Ardeche… It took over a hundred million years for the waters of the famous Ardèche river to carve out a deep canyon. The result is breathtaking: a huge parade of limestone cliffs that can reach up to 300 meters high, all in a nature that has remained wild and preserved...
Located in the town of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, near the famous Pont d'Arc marking the entrance to the Ardèche gorges, the Chauvet-Pont d'Arc cave, discovered in 1994 by three passionate speleologists, is a masterpiece of prehistoric parietal art. This Palaeolithic decorated cave houses an extraordinary bestiary on its walls, with no less than 425 animal representations! Dating from the Aurignacian period, these paintings and engravings are among the oldest in the world…
Discover in the heart of the gorges of the Beaume, in Ardeche south, a charming village of character nestled along the river, at the foot of steep limestone cliffs. Take advantage of a stopover in Labeaume to stroll through a picturesque maze of sloping cobbled streets punctuated by covered passageways and pretty stone facades. Nestled at the water's edge, the pleasant Place du Sablas, decorated with a fountain, is shaded by hundred-year-old plane trees. Not far from there, from the submersible bridge over the Beaume, you will enjoy a superb view of the whole village surrounded by cliffs.
Located on the eastern edge of The Massif Central, the Regional Natural Park of the Monts d'Ardeche stretches over an area of more than 180,000 hectares and covers six landscape entities that are the Boutières, the Vernoux plateau, the region of Les Sucs, the Haute Cévenne, the Cévennes Piedmont and the southern Cévennes. Age-old chestnut groves, dry stone terraces, ancient volcanoes, forests and pastures, verdant gorges and valleys, moors and scrubland, are all varied landscapes that characterize this vast protected area.
Perched on a cliff overlooking the river Ardeche, the superb village of Balazuc has a beautifully restored heritage. Former stronghold of the lords of Balazuc, this small town of character, with a rich medieval past, is today classified among the most beautiful villages in France. A charming maze of winding streets interspersed with vaulted passages, arcades and stairs, to be enjoyed on foot, during a delicious walk... The opportunity also to admire its two beautiful buildings listed as historical monuments, which are the feudal castle, which has been remodeled several times, and the Romanesque church of Sainte-Madeleine, which hosts concerts and painting exhibitions in the summer. Then head for the bridge over the Ardèche and the opposite bank to enjoy a breathtaking view of the postcard-like village...
Located in the town ofOrgnac-l'Aven, near to Ardèche gorges and the valley of theCèze, the Aven d'Orgnac, classified as a Grand Site de France, will make you dream and travel in a magical underground world... During a one-hour guided tour, admire its grandiose rooms adorned with splendid concretions, its forest of "stacks of plates", its "palm trees" which can reach 17 meters in height, and its majestic draperies! In the Red Room, at a depth of 121 meters, a spellbinding sound and light show wonderfully completes the discovery of the cave. A museum, the City of Prehistory, presents the Ardèche archaeological heritage, as well as the way of life of prehistoric man.
A haven of peace for many plant and animal species, the Bois de Païolive, located in the Ardèche Cévennes, near the town of The Vans, extends over 16 km², on the edge of the magnificent Chassezac gorges. Nicknamed the wood of the fairies, this protected territory, of the Mediterranean type, with green and white oaks, is dotted with ruiniform limestone rocks, whose mineral silhouettes form real natural sculptures. Admire the marvels of this unusual site during a stroll: petrified rocks with surprising shapes such as those of the bear and the lion or the bird and its nest! Several hiking trails, such as the Randonneur loop, the Virgin trail and the Corniche trail, allow you to discover this exceptional natural heritage.
Perched at the top of a rocky promontory, the village of Thines, a haven of peace located in the town of Malarce-sur-la-Thines, in the Regional Natural Park of the Monts d'Ardèche, is home to a jewel of Romanesque art listed as a Historic Monument by Prosper Mérimée: theNotre Dame church of the XIIe century, remarkable for its monumental portal, its apse and its sculpted capitals. Also worth discovering are the narrow streets and the houses with slate roofs which, together with the Romanesque church, make Thines an authentic place full of charm.
In the Cévennes, on the border of the departments of Gard and of theArdeche, nestles one of the most beautiful caves in France: the Cocalière cave. The underground guided tour, which lasts approximately one hour, reveals to the spectators a splendid set of concretions: stalagmites, stalactites, discs, draperies... In addition to these marvels, one also discovers prehistoric objects and bones from excavations. Once the visit is over, the return to the starting point is done in the open air, by small train, through the scrubland.
Located in the Vallée de la Ligne, in Ardeche, the welcoming city of Largentière forms an admirable ensemble, with its facades of houses bordering the river, its courthouse and its castle of the Bishops. Having once known the golden age, thanks to the exploitation of lead mines argentiferous, Largentière invites you to discover its heritage, witness to a rich past. The picturesque medieval streets dotted with old houses, the Renaissance town hall, the Gothic Notre-Dame-des-Pommiers church from the 13th centurye century, and the Porte des Récollets, a remnant of the old ramparts, are all architectural attractions to admire during a walk. Former property of the bishops of Fishponds, the castle of the XIIe and XVe centuries has, over time, successively served as a court, a prison and a hospital. Nowadays, in summer, during the medieval events, some of its rooms are open to visitors. Every year, in July-August, the Largentiere Castle welcomes the Time of the Knights, with live shows, animations and medieval know-how.
Located in the The Massif Central, in the heart of the Ardèche mountains, the Tanargue also has the particularity of being located in the Regional Natural Park of the Monts d'Ardèche, on the watershed line between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Nicknamed the Thunder Mountain, this protected massif is home to great ecological wealth. Its highest point is at Grand Tanargue, 1,511 meters above sea level. Crossing the Tanargue means setting off to encounter its wild landscapes made up of steep foothills, high grasslands, peat bogs, streams and old forests.
It is from the charming little spa town of Vals-les-Bains, in Ardèche, that the famous Vals water, a carbonated mineral water rich in bicarbonates, appreciated both for its taste qualities and for its digestive properties. Nestled in the heart of the green landscapes of Regional Natural Park of the Monts d'Ardèche, on either side of the waters of the Volane, Vals-les-Bains conceals an atmosphere that is both welcoming and pleasant. Its spa district, in Belle Époque style, particularly invites you to stroll, with its parks with multiple species along the river and its footbridges over the Volane. To be seen in the Parc de l'Intermittente, near the thermal baths: the famous intermittent spring whose geyser gushes out every six hours: at 5:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. in summer; at 4:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in winter.