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Ardeche: What to do when you get there?

Ardèche, a stunning mountainous, forest-covered area in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of Southeastern France, boasts a multitude of sports for all to try, incredible scenery, medieval castles and world-famous award-winning ‘villages of outstanding character.’ This area is especially popular with locals but yet surprisingly lesser-known to visitors from further afield – well known only to the few tourists that visit, for its dramatic landscapes of canyons, gorges, caves and rivers… so beautiful that they return year-on-year to experience them again.

Within close reach of Lyon, Grenoble, Marseille and Montpellier, Ardèche is easy to visit, but often overlooked by tourists for these bigger destinations in Southern and Southeastern France.

Culture and History –

The Ardèche, known by those who return time and time again for its beautiful untouched natural landscapes of rivers and valleys, thick-forests and mountainous terrain also has an abundance of history and culture to offer its visitors. The perfect destination for family holidays and group sports trips, this area also has a number of beautiful castles and villages to visit, for some down time from all the climbing, caving, canyoning, canoeing and kayaking on offer.

Some of the top historical spots in this area include castles such as the Chateau de Vogue, a magnificent hillside originally built in the 12th century, the Chateau des Roure, a 15th century fortress in the south of the region and the Chateau de Saint-Montan a hidden-gem restored 11th century feudal castle.

The Ardèche is home to 17 stunning world-renowned ‘villages of outstanding character,’ including Vogue and Saint-Montan, home to castles of the same names, that offer some peace, tranquility and great photo opportunities. The villages of Balazuc, a charming cliff-side village of fig trees and cobbled streets and Thueyts, a tranquil village home to the magnificent ancient stone Devil’s Bridge, two of these picture-postcard villages are said to be among the most picturesque locations in the whole of France.

Canoeing and Kayaking –

The Ardèche River, after which this destination is named, is the perfect spot for water sports, such as canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle and canyoning, with equipment rental and instructors found in various locations along the river.

A particular favourite spot of returning visitors and locals alike is the Gorges de l’Ardèche, known by many as the ‘European Grand Canyon,’ speaking highly of its enormity and beauty, which are best experienced from and on the river itself. A kayaking spot preferred by beginners, though enjoyed equally by kayakers of every level, is at the Pont d’Arc, where you can paddle your way peacefully through and around a stunning 34 metre high stone arch.

Canyoning –

For world-famous canyoning experiences, again, the Gorges de l’Ardèche is the spot to head to – a well-known and well-loved destination for canyoning, with the Besourges Canyon the perfect location for climbing, jumping, sliding and ziplining – enjoying every aspect of the canyoning experience in beautiful surroundings.

Other popular locations in the Ardèche area to try canyoning are the Gorges de la Borne, a beautiful natural area with stunning waterfalls and around the town of Aubenas, which is also a great location to stay at and visit, for its beautiful 12th century castle, Chateau d’Aubenas.

Caving –

If these activities don’t float your boat – or kayak, then there’s a multitude of spots to head to, to do some world-class caving, like the Avens des Côtes cave, if you’re more experienced, or in Les Deux Avens, if you’re looking for an introduction to the sport or just a relaxing time to get your helmet on and your hands dirty. The area is also home to a number of caves of high cultural and historical significance, so the Caverne du Pont d’Arc is worth a visit, especially after a late-morning kayak on the lake nearby, to see the cave-paintings.

Climbing and Via Ferrata –

A well-known area for professional climbers, the Ardèche region also offers a wide variety of options and routes for beginners too. Head to the Gorges of Ardèche for intermediate level climbs up 1000m of sheer limestone rock, or beginner level routes too in the same area. Head to the Gorges du Tarn for some beginners rock climbing – accessible routes with stunning views of the flora and fauna of the region.

If climbing isn’t your strong suit, try some Via Ferrata – an activity able to be practiced year-round and great fun for people new to climbing, Via Ferrata or for people that just want an adrenaline rush and some great views. To try this sport in the Ardèche area, the top locations are the Cevennes National Park, which offers incredible Via Ferrata experiences such as at the Pont du Diable, or Devil’s Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage listed medieval bridge, where even beginners can climb a 40m high granite cliff and tackle a 70m high zipline.

Mountain Biking –

Ardèche’s infamous forest terrain is perfect for mountain biking, with opportunities to try downhill MTB, MTB tours and electric MTB tours. Opt for a more relaxed, guided mountain biking excursion, exploring the scenery of this beautiful area such as the Paiolive Wood, a Petrified Forest and natural phenomenon, also great for hiking in. Or for the more advanced mountain bikers, bring your own, or hire a MTB and go off-piste and explore the area for yourself.

 

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              Ardeche: What to do when you get there?

              Ardèche, a stunning mountainous, forest-covered area in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of Southeastern France, boasts a multitude of sports for all to try, incredible scenery, medieval castles and world-famous award-winning ‘villages of outstanding character.’ This area is especially popular with locals but yet surprisingly lesser-known to visitors from further afield – well known only to the few tourists that visit, for its dramatic landscapes of canyons, gorges, caves and rivers… so beautiful that they return year-on-year to experience them again.

              Within close reach of Lyon, Grenoble, Marseille and Montpellier, Ardèche is easy to visit, but often overlooked by tourists for these bigger destinations in Southern and Southeastern France.

              Culture and History –

              The Ardèche, known by those who return time and time again for its beautiful untouched natural landscapes of rivers and valleys, thick-forests and mountainous terrain also has an abundance of history and culture to offer its visitors. The perfect destination for family holidays and group sports trips, this area also has a number of beautiful castles and villages to visit, for some down time from all the climbing, caving, canyoning, canoeing and kayaking on offer.

              Some of the top historical spots in this area include castles such as the Chateau de Vogue, a magnificent hillside originally built in the 12th century, the Chateau des Roure, a 15th century fortress in the south of the region and the Chateau de Saint-Montan a hidden-gem restored 11th century feudal castle.

              The Ardèche is home to 17 stunning world-renowned ‘villages of outstanding character,’ including Vogue and Saint-Montan, home to castles of the same names, that offer some peace, tranquility and great photo opportunities. The villages of Balazuc, a charming cliff-side village of fig trees and cobbled streets and Thueyts, a tranquil village home to the magnificent ancient stone Devil’s Bridge, two of these picture-postcard villages are said to be among the most picturesque locations in the whole of France.

              Canoeing and Kayaking –

              The Ardèche River, after which this destination is named, is the perfect spot for water sports, such as canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle and canyoning, with equipment rental and instructors found in various locations along the river.

              A particular favourite spot of returning visitors and locals alike is the Gorges de l’Ardèche, known by many as the ‘European Grand Canyon,’ speaking highly of its enormity and beauty, which are best experienced from and on the river itself. A kayaking spot preferred by beginners, though enjoyed equally by kayakers of every level, is at the Pont d’Arc, where you can paddle your way peacefully through and around a stunning 34 metre high stone arch.

              Canyoning –

              For world-famous canyoning experiences, again, the Gorges de l’Ardèche is the spot to head to – a well-known and well-loved destination for canyoning, with the Besourges Canyon the perfect location for climbing, jumping, sliding and ziplining – enjoying every aspect of the canyoning experience in beautiful surroundings.

              Other popular locations in the Ardèche area to try canyoning are the Gorges de la Borne, a beautiful natural area with stunning waterfalls and around the town of Aubenas, which is also a great location to stay at and visit, for its beautiful 12th century castle, Chateau d’Aubenas.

              Caving –

              If these activities don’t float your boat – or kayak, then there’s a multitude of spots to head to, to do some world-class caving, like the Avens des Côtes cave, if you’re more experienced, or in Les Deux Avens, if you’re looking for an introduction to the sport or just a relaxing time to get your helmet on and your hands dirty. The area is also home to a number of caves of high cultural and historical significance, so the Caverne du Pont d’Arc is worth a visit, especially after a late-morning kayak on the lake nearby, to see the cave-paintings.

              Climbing and Via Ferrata –

              A well-known area for professional climbers, the Ardèche region also offers a wide variety of options and routes for beginners too. Head to the Gorges of Ardèche for intermediate level climbs up 1000m of sheer limestone rock, or beginner level routes too in the same area. Head to the Gorges du Tarn for some beginners rock climbing – accessible routes with stunning views of the flora and fauna of the region.

              If climbing isn’t your strong suit, try some Via Ferrata – an activity able to be practiced year-round and great fun for people new to climbing, Via Ferrata or for people that just want an adrenaline rush and some great views. To try this sport in the Ardèche area, the top locations are the Cevennes National Park, which offers incredible Via Ferrata experiences such as at the Pont du Diable, or Devil’s Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage listed medieval bridge, where even beginners can climb a 40m high granite cliff and tackle a 70m high zipline.

              Mountain Biking –

              Ardèche’s infamous forest terrain is perfect for mountain biking, with opportunities to try downhill MTB, MTB tours and electric MTB tours. Opt for a more relaxed, guided mountain biking excursion, exploring the scenery of this beautiful area such as the Paiolive Wood, a Petrified Forest and natural phenomenon, also great for hiking in. Or for the more advanced mountain bikers, bring your own, or hire a MTB and go off-piste and explore the area for yourself.

               

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