Want to lounge in the sun? Clamber over rocks? Hike or cycle through extraordinary scenery? Discover the local culture and cuisine? Whatever your interests, Ardèche will exceed your expectations!
The hardest part will be choosing between all your options. You’ll just have to come back to try them all!
Below are some suggestions of destinations and outings selected especially for you, not too far from the campsite.
Located on the banks of the Rhône, the pretty town of Cruas is a harmonious blend of nature, culture and industrial power: nature, for its parks and hiking trails that will lead you to the region’s only beech forest; culture, with its magnificent 10th century abbey church, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture and remnants of medieval buildings; and industrial power, as shown by its industries and its nuclear power plant which is open to the public for tours.
The starting point for exploring the Ardèche Gorges, Vallon-Pont-d’Arc fascinates visitors with its enormous, natural stone archway straddling the Ardèche River. Between canoeing and kayaking excursions, and unspoilt coves to explore, this spot is a delight for both swimmers and hikers. The natural bridge was already a source of wonder to prehistoric man and undoubtedly inspired some of the drawings in the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave!
Visitors can’t help but be charmed by Rochemaure, with its 12th century château, its ramparts surrounding the town and its 13th century chapel. Its suspension bridge, recently renovated as a wire rope bridge, crosses over the Rhône from Ardèche to the Drôme. An absolute must!
Perched atop a limestone hill at an altitude of 400 metres, this small village is well worth the detour! Fans of culture will find themselves in a real fortified mediaeval village, complete with a Roman road, two châteaux, ramparts, 10 towers and a keep. Its narrow, winding cobblestone streets are a wonderful opportunity for a stroll through history.
This pretty, charming village is like an invitation to wander and daydream. Admire (and tour!) its chapel and its imposing 10th century feudal château standing on a basalt dyke, get lost in its vaulted cobblestone lanes, examine the original architecture built out of black basalt and white limestone, and stroll along the foot trails through the vines!
Also a designated “Village of Character”, Balazuc is the full package! Built atop a cliff overlooking the Ardèche River, the view is truly superb! Admire its château, its fortified Romanesque church and its city gates, as you travel back in time wandering through its winding lanes.
Here, nature goes hand in hand with adventure! Take the time to come for a ramble along waymarked paths, admiring the typical villages strewn across the valley. Breathe in the great outdoors as you make of the most of your holiday by canoeing or kayaking, doing a treetop adventure course over the river, or riding a bicycle or a quadricycle along La Dolce Via!
You will be enchanted by Pierrelatte, or the town of the “large stone”, its legend, its cobblestone streets, its Roman roofing tiles, its balconies in bloom and its colourful markets. Thrills and chills are guaranteed at the crocodile farm, the biggest park in Europe dedicated to learning about crocodiles and other reptiles!