The Ardèche is a French département in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Although it isn't 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 the Ardèche and where the largest river in France, the Loire, rises. You will also find at its foot three water sources that form a stream with several stunning tributaries. If you are an enthusiastic hiker and are not afraid of climbing, put on your strongest shoes and have a go at climbing the mountain. When you get to the top you won't be disappointed. The outstanding 360° panorama of the volcanic landscape is sight to be seen. After all that effort, you're going to need to treat yourself: go to a typical restaurant to taste specialities such as blueberries and raspberries, Maôche, Crique, Bombine or Fin Gras du Mézen.
-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. Make sure you book a trip down to the gorges by canoe or kayak. It is a magnificent and remarkable show that you can enjoy. The nature reserve offers a dense flora and fauna and it isn't uncommon to see a falcon or vulture on a walk. You can also walk along the gorges, but make sure you're ready for it becuase it takes at least two days to do so.
-The Pont d'Arc: This isn't just any bridge, it's the symbol of the Ardèche. Around the bridge there are many hiking trails, surrounded by a beautiful 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.
There is a countless amount of activities you can do in Ardèche. From hiking, to climbing, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, horse ride and even tree climbing! The region is famous for its various animal parks and its many places to relax, such as swimming pools and spas!
The département's climate varies greatly, with cold crisp winters and hot mediterranean summers. Your can never be too sure what to expect. The Ardèche climate is influenced by the presence of many reliefs at an altitude of more than 1000 metres. So make sure to bring enough warm clothes (just in case) and pay attention to the temperatures before you go on holiday.
Water plays an important role in the Ardèche. The region is painted with 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 can find a considerable number of campgrounds, 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 campground. Rent a canoe and discover the region with your friends and/or family! Many campgrounds have their own canoes for hire. Most campgrounds accept pets that like to travel in the wild! Your children will also have loads to do as they can take part in the activities run by the campground. Book your holiday now to discover the excellent département of Ardèche!