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The Ultimate Ardèche Travel Guide


Our recommendations of the must-sees in this Ardèche Travel Guide include Hiking, Vistas, Camping, Canoeing and, of course, the famous Ardèche Gorge.

Oh, the beautiful Ardèche region of France:

its wild and rugged character and climbing, winding roads leading the nature lover into the secluded backcountry of the rolling, curving, cliff-hugging Gorges de l’Ardèche where hiking, kayaking, Ardeche camping and field upon field of purple lavender and a Palaeolithic cave welcome both the outdoor enthusiast and the ancient history buff. Add jaw-dropping vistas, pristine lakes, a gruelling bike race careening past majestic cathedrals, quaint Ardèche villages, classic chateaux’s and majestic mountains, making this natural reserve a must on any nature-loving vacation destination bucket list. We hope you will be “Ardèche Amazed” with this Travel Guide!

Jump ahead in the Ardèche

  1. A bit about the Ardèche
  2. Best time to travel to the Ardèche
  3. Connecting to the Ardèche
  4. Things to do in the Ardèche
  5. La Musée de la Lavande
  6. The Ardèche Gorge and Pont d’Arc
  7. Tour de France
  8. Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave
  9. Where to Eat
  10. Where to stay
  11. Exploring further afield
  12. 11.1 Valence
  13. 11.2 Vienne
  14. More resources for your stay in the Ardèche

Check-in! A bit about the Ardèche

When you are travelling pretty much full time like we often do, you sometimes want a quick and easy recharge of your batteries, practically a vacation from our vacation. We couldn’t believe that we had stumbled upon this tremendous undiscovered part of France that we had never experienced before. Known as the Grand Canyon of France, the picturesque, lush, green and wild département of the unspoilt Ardèche countryside in the Auvergne Rhone Alpes region in central-southern France is a tapestry of ancient grey rock, verdant hills and thick forests. Heavily loaded with history and tradition, this sparsely populated region was the perfect place to kick back and lose ourselves in the simplest of pleasures that rural France can offer, namely hearty regional fare and untamed beauty.


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