Ardèche is a French département in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Although it is not very populated, Ardèche welcomes many tourists every year. The many medieval villages, surrounded by hills, are a pleasure for historians and visitors alike. Here is a short list of places to explore:
-Mont Gerbier de Jonc: Your child may have seen it in geography books. It is one of the many volcanoes in Ardèche and the place where the largest river in France, the Loire, rises. You will also find at its foot three water sources that form a stream and then a stream that joins to form the river. If you are an enthusiastic hiker and are not afraid of climbing, put on your strongest shoes and climb the mountain. On your arrival you will not be disappointed, because a 360° panorama of the volcanic landscape will delight you. After the effort comes comfort: go to a typical restaurant to taste specialities such as blueberries and raspberries, Maöche, Crique, Bombine or Fin Gras du Mézen.
-The gorges of the Ardèche: it is THE place to be in the Ardèche! This incredibly beautiful place is the Eldorado for lovers of nature activities and escape. Don't wait any longer and book a canoe or kayak to go down the gorges. It is a magnificent and remarkable show that you can enjoy. The nature reserve offers a dense flora and fauna! It is not uncommon to see a falcon or vulture on a walk. Walking along the gorges is also possible, but it takes at least two days to do so, so get ready to be in very good physical condition.
-The Pont d'Arc: It is not just any bridge, but the symbol of the Ardèche, which represents a natural arch of more than 55 mothers. Around the bridge there are many hiking trails, surrounded by a permanent flora and fauna.
-Villages with character: The historic and medieval villages of Aubenas, Antraïgues, Balazuc and Vogüé are among the most popular destinations. You can visit the castles and lose yourself in their winding alleyways, crossed by arcades.
As we have already explained, the Ardèche has countless hiking destinations. But this is not the only activity you can do in the Ardèche. Climbing, fishing, swimming, swimming, mountain biking, horse riding or even tree climbing will delight young and old! The region is famous for its various animal parks and its many places to relax, such as swimming pools and spas!
The département offers a great variety of climate zones. You can't be sure if to expect extremely low or extremely high temperatures. Ardèche is subject to many Mediterranean but also semi-oceanic influences and is influenced by the presence of many reliefs at an altitude of more than 1000 metres. So bring enough warm clothes and pay attention to the temperatures before you go on holiday.
Water plays an important role in the Ardèche. The region is crossed by many springs and rivers, the most famous of which is the Ardèche, which flows from Vallon Pont d'Arc through its spectacular gorges. On its banks you will find a considerable number of campsites, some of which have direct access to the river and its beaches. This gives you the opportunity to swim in natural water without having to leave the campsite. Rent a canoe and discover the region with your friends or family! Many campsites have their own canoes for hire. Most campsites accept pets that like to travel in the wild! The children will also have their own activities as they can participate in the activities on the campsite in the various clubs present. Book your holiday now to discover the excellent department of Ardèche!