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The Ardèche is a French department located in the region Auvergne-Rhônes-Alpes. Very popular with tourists, it has even become one of the most beautiful regions of France with its rich heritage, numerous picturesque villages and must-see sites. So what is it like to stay in this beautiful place and what are the places to visit at all costs? An overview of the tourism and travel in the Ardèche.

Holidays in the Ardèche: where to go? What to do?

You are visiting the region Auvergne-Rhônes-Alpes  and you are not sure which place to visit first? Here is a short list of the most beautiful places in the Ardèche:

Vallon Pont d'Arc

This prehistoric village is perfect for all nature lovers. In addition to being a place to relax and get away from it all, it is also a place rich in history, since many caves have been discovered here, such as the Chauvet cavewith frescoes dating back 36,000 years. This mineral arch 54 metres high, under which the river Ardèche flows, is also ideal for swimming and outdoor activities. For those who like to hike, you can walk to the Chastelas(Distance: 3.4 km). The Camping de l'Ardèche in Vallon Pont d'Arc is an ideal location. 

Vogüé

Situated on the banks of the Ardèche and backed by a cliff, this place is classified as a the most beautiful villages of France. Moreover, the castle of the Lords of Vogüé and its four round towers watch over the village and its amphitheatre-like alleys lined with arches and vaulted passages. You can sit quietly on the rocks and gaze at the small, colourful houses huddled together. You can also take a trip to the beach and enjoy the canoeing, or why not take a bike ride along the 25km route from Vogué to Grospierres.

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Balazuc

Welcome to this vertiginous village which dates back to prehistoric times and which, through the centuries, has always retained its charm and its southern atmosphere thanks to its winding streets, its Roman church and its stone ramps. It is also classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France and has even been awarded the Village of Character. In addition, this area is home to several emblematic places suitable for numerous tourist activities such as the greenway, for mountain bike rides, or Les Barasses, for climbing enthusiasts.

Labeaume

Contemplate these magnificent caves and rustic houses of LabeaumeThe village is surrounded by impressive limestone caves and has many narrow streets and vaulted passageways. The village is surrounded by impressive limestone caves and has many narrow streets and vaulted passages. You can admire the view, take photos or have a relaxing break at the beach. You can also walk up to the Belvedere or along the river to the Récatadou hanging gardens, which are beautifully set into the cliffs overlooking the Beaume Gorge. If you come in the summer, you can attend concerts at the Labeaume en Musiques festivalwhich take place from mid-July to mid-August.

Saint-Montan

This village of Ardèche character is situated between two rivers, on the border with the Drôme. This place has made the Ardèche one of the most beautiful regions of France thanks to its large perched castle on a mountainous point, with its cobbled streets and pretty stone houses. Magnificent architecture that takes you back to the Middle Ages, always in a very green setting. You can walk from the dungeon to the esplanade of the castle, from San Samonta to Sainte-Marie, from the Portalet spring to the Eylieux stream, or contemplate the view while sitting on the café terraces. You can also visit thechurch of San SamontaThe church was a 10th century priory and a 12th century north chapel, but is now joined by a beautiful porch with a portal carved with ovals, pearls and palmettes.

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Annonay 

Would you like to live a unique and unforgettable experience? Come to Annonay, which, in addition to being the largest city in the departmentis the cradle of the Hot air balloon. Get on board this flying machine and enjoy a breathtaking view of all the villages and natural sites of the Ardèche. You can also take a bike ride through the countryside and discover the most beautiful roads and paths in the area with the Annonsean cyclotourists. For motorbike fans, the area is also perfect for moped rides, going to the Archédois plateau, the Pilat park or the Drôme des collines.

Travel and stay in Ardèche: the best addresses

If you are coming to the Ardèche for the weekend or the holidays, you will surely need a place to eat and sleep. Here are some of the best addresses in the area:

Val thermal baths

This spa is located in the heart of the Monts d'Ardèche Regional Nature Parkin the country ofAubenas-Vals-Antraigues. It is surrounded by rugged terrain, clear rivers and deep valleys with a wildlife and incredible flora. A place of relaxation and well-being, you can come here to rest and sleep, but also to taste delicious gourmet meals.

Wine estates in the Ardèche

This region is full of numerous wine estates that will make you experience a wine experience exceptional. This trip will take you to discover the vineyards and small producers, and will give you a unique tasting experience. You can discover the wines and specialities culinary of the Ardèche by coming for example to the Auberge des Ranchisses, which is in Chassier, the Auberge Les Murets in Chandolas, or the Auberge de Montfleury in Saint-Germain.

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