The Ardèche is a department in the South East of France, and borders the following departments:
Drôme, Vaucluse, Gard, Lozère, Haute-Loire, Loire and Isère.
About twenty villages are classified as “Villages of character”: Ailhon, Alba la Romaine, Boucieu le Roi and some have even obtained the classification “One of the most beautiful villages in France”: Balazuc, Vogüé… Enjoy the mild spring heat and autumn to stroll through these calades (small alleys) and visit these extraordinary villages.
DIFFERENT LANDSCAPES AT THE 4 CORNERS OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Ardèche is divided into 4 large sectors, different in terms of fauna, flora, climate and altitude!
Southern Ardèche, the southernmost
The Ardèche Cévennes, to the West
Green Ardèche, in the North, North/East
The Ardéchoise mountain, to the North, North/West
First: The Pont d’Arc which straddles the Ardèche from the top of its 64 meters; the Ardèche Gorges, the Ibie Valley, the Doux Valley, the Eyrieux Valley, the Mont Gerbier des Joncs which rises to 1551 m above sea level, the Ray Pic Waterfall with its 50 meters of height… and so many more to discover!
A DEPARTMENT LOADED WITH HISTORY
Medieval castles, churches dating back several centuries, shared between Protestantism and Catholicism, caves, one of which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site… If you are passionate about history, you will not be disappointed in Ardèche!
A GASTRONOMIC CULTURE
Charcuterie, chestnuts, trout, truffles, grapes… You won’t go home hungry!