The beautiful department of Ardèche offers endless opportunities for young and old! The charm of Ardèche lies in its cultural differences, its climate and its extraordinary landscapes. Visit one of the many unique caves and walk along clear streams, rock formations and deep ravines. Pay attention because you may be able to cross otters and beavers!
Enjoy strolling on one of the many markets held every week in the Ardèche cities. If you are an active family, you can kayak, cycling along the lavender fields, horseback riding and enjoy panoramic mountain views.
You want to go shopping in a typical French town? Then you should go to Privas, the capital of Ardèche.
Along the river Ardèche, in the province of Vivarais in southern Ardèche, there is a gorge called the Ardèche Gorges. You will find huge limestone rock formations, carved out by the river. There are many caves and panoramic views of the surrounding nature. You can also admire the Pont d'Arc, a 34 meter high naturally formed bridge. From this bridge you have breathtaking view over the area.
The tourist and picturesque town of Vallon Pont d'Arc is worth visiting. Enjoy delicious meals in one of its many restaurants, the sun on a terrace and make a detour to one of the souvenir shops. In the summer you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as canoeing, karting, mountain biking, quad riding, fishing and golfing. The Rhône river forms the natural border with the Drôme department.
If you still have some time, we recommend visiting one of the many caves in Ardèche. The cave of Aven d'Orgnac, near Vallon Pont d'Arc, is remarkable! Once in the depths of the cave, you can admire impressive natural phenomena and even animal bones dating back to the ice age!
If you have the chance, we recommend you visit the city of Aubenas, situated on high cliffs above the river Ardèche. On the Saturday morning market, located at Place du Chateau, the central square of the city, you can buy delicious local produce and soak up the typical French atmosphere. You want to attend an extraordinary natural phenomenon? Then walk along the Volane river to the landscaped park. Every 6 hours a geyser sprays water in the air!
If you want to spend a day with the family, go to the Adventure Forest Jaujac. In this park, you will discover more than 55 activities spread over a vast natural area. Stroll through the woods with your family and rediscover nature in an impressive way!