The Ardèche – nature’s playground

  • © Atout France/Fabrice Milochau


    Forests with an altitude of between 300m and 1,000m, contrasting relief, lakes and world-famous gorges which have dug canyons along their path… all these natural features have made the Ardèche the perfect destination for a whole range of outdoor pursuits.
    In fact, the region is the ideal destination for everyone, whether your preference is for gentle pursuits or more exhilarating adventures!

    The Ardèche  is criss-crossed by numerous hiking trails. Here, you can stride out along more than 600km of “Grandes Randonnées” (GR), 750km of “Sentiers de Pays” (GR de Pays) and over 4,500km of other footpaths.

    A fan of adrenalin-infused activities? With a relief that is perfect for canyoning through its mountains and along its rivers and streams, the Ardèche is the ideal setting in which to enjoy this particular activity. Accompanied by a professional instructor, you can enjoy climbing, swimming and hiking all at the same time. Invigorating adventure guaranteed!

    Why not tackle the Gorges de l’Ardèche by canoe? The 35km descent of the gorges (which includes 25 rapids) is an unmissable challenge for those keen to experience an exhilarating canoeing adventure. The descent can be completed in a day or, better still, two days, with a night under canvas in the heart of this nature reserve. For families, or those who prefer not to undertake the full distance, a mini 7km descent is also possible.

Things to see

  • © @Carafes en Folie

    If gastronomy, regional scents, and wine tasting are your thing, then head to Tournon-sur-Rhone in the Ardèche region and pay a visit to the Carafes en Folie wine bar, with its cosy atmosphere
  • © Illustration Agence Fabre&Speller

    Welcome to the Cave of Pont d’Arc, replica of the "Chauvet Cave", in Ardèche (Rhône-Alpes).
  • © Cairanne

    Enjoy a fun course that will help you explore the world of wine.
  • © Maison Lavau

    The Lavau winery offers patrons an original way to discover the spark that makes southern Côtes du Rhône wines so special (i.e. the blending of several varieties). 
  • © ChateauSaintMaurice

    Château Saint Maurice was for many years home to monks who used to grow lavender, fruit, olives and grapes.
  • © Musée des Confluences / Quentin Lafont

    Lyon’s futuristic Musée des Confluences is worthy of its ambition to offer the keys to understanding the intricate field of human knowledge.
  • © C. Méravilles / Grand Rodez

    The museum dedicated to the work of the French painter, sculptor and engraver Pierre Soulages, presents over 500 works and documents from the artist.
  • © C. Duranti

    In the South of France, between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, sits a region of light and vibrant colour. Just three hours by TGV from Paris: the sky is azure and the sun shines. You are in Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur: here, the sea is at your feet and the Alpine peaks a mere few hours away by car.
  • Mont Blanc, a unique sight rising to an altitude of 4,810m.
  • © Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes/AJURIA

    Cannes enjoys an international reputation. It has welcomed the great and good of this world for nearly two centuries. It is also home to the most famous film festival. But what do we really know about the city?
  • © CRT Midi-Pyrénées / Dominique VIET

    The Canal du Midi is a must-see attraction, classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered one of the major works during the reign of Louis XIV.
  • © OT Carcassonne / Paul Palau

    Discover Carcassonne, a medieval city full of character, and its two listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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