Those who like active holidays love the Ardèche. Thanks to the beautiful and vast green areas and the river which takes its name from this charming region, you can go canoeing, kayaking, rafting, trekking, mountain biking, climbing and scrambling.
To the south of this wonderful region are the Gorges de l'Ardèche. Canoe or kayak down the beautiful river and you will be surprised by the unusual rock formations and caves. The highlight of the trip is the natural bridge of Pont d'Arc, in the town of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc. Very famous in the world for its impressive size being 54m high and 60m long!
The landscape of the Ardèche is characterized by endless lavender fields, olive groves and picturesque ancient villages. Making this region even more popular are the impressive caves. Start from the cave of Aven Orgnac, the Caves of Saint-Marcel and the Grotte Chauvet. The latter is one of the best known and most important prehistoric sites in Europe, packed with history, symbolic and aesthetics of the Stone Age. If you want to end your holiday with a little fun, then go to the ‘Foret de l'Aventure’, a beautiful park with different paths on trees. Fun for the whole family!
Average summer temperature: 28 degrees
Ancient cave paintings
Natural Bridge of Pont 'd'Arc
Goat's cheeses; Chevreton and Pico Dons
Wine, cheese and 'marrons glaces'
If you get chance take a trip in a canoe or kayak on the river Ardeche. If you prefer to take a refreshing dip then visit La Beaume where you can enjoy yourself at a beautiful beach and its stunning rock formations.
Shopping can be perhaps too relaxing in a pedestrian city like Lyon. Just follow the pedestrian zones of the ‘Rue de la République’ and ‘Rue Président Edouard Herriot’ to empty your wallet. For those who prefer to buy fresh local produce, the village of ‘Argentiere’ has a perfect market for this.
Love the Ardeche but don’t have enough time to visit it all? Do not worry about that, the Ardeche Miniature will help you do this.
Specialties of the region; ‘marrons glaces de l'Ardeche’ are an excellent souvenir. Another typical dish of the region is the ‘Poulet aux Ecrevisses’, a particular combination of chicken and shrimp.