Nearest River: 2km
Nearest Town: Ruoms 2km
- Ruoms: 2km
- Pont d'Arc: 11km
- Balazuc: 12km
- Banne: 23km
- Aubenas: 27km
- Montelimar: 51km
Ruoms is well worth exploring - it's a walled, medieval town with a charming network of narrow streets and historic churches. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to enjoy. Follow the Route of Défiles, a road carved into the rock, to get a spectacular view overlooking the limestone cliffs.
Banne is a very pretty village perched on a vast limestone rock, high in the hills near to Les Vans. Explore the maze of narrow alleyways and stone staircases, then rest in the shade of the fig trees in the square. The views are simply great and there are some lovely walks in the nearby forest.
This region is well endowed with some fabulous cave systems. Two of the best are nearby. The Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac (25km) features a cavern 121m deep with amazing stalagmites and stalactites. The tour ends in a sound and light show. Aven Marzal (29km) has awe inspiring caverns, a museum and a prehistoric zoo with models of life sized dinosaurs.
A series of dramatic gorges form a natural canyon stretching for 30km from Vallon Pont d'Arc to Saint Martin d'Ardèche. Much of this natural treasure is inaccessible except by water. There are plenty of companies offering canoeing or kayaking, so take to the water and go explore.
The number one sightseeing spot has to be the Pont d’Arc – an awesome natural bridge almost 50 m high. For a really spectacular view why not paddle underneath it in a canoe or kayak? You will get stunning views and lush scenery. Alternatively travel back in time 36,000 years at the Pont d’Arc Cavern, an incredible replica of the earliest-known and best-preserved cave on earth: the Chauvet Cave.
This is a really picturesque village situated right next to the river. It is dominated by the old fortress of the Lords of Balazuc built on a cliff. Queen Jeanne's Tower offers a great viewpoint above the village and is worth the walk!
This ancient Roman aqueduct across the River Gardon has stood the test of time. Standing at nearly 49m with three tiers of arches, this dramatic structure is one of France's most popular tourist attractions. It's a wonderful spot for a picnic by the river and there's a good museum and visitor centre.
Events in the Region
With gruelling routes covering some of France's most beautifully scenic regions, the Tour de France is an iconic cycle race, attracting huge crowds along the route. The Grand Départ of 2018 takes place on the 7th July starting on the Island of Noirmoutier. The early stages of the race go through the Vendée and Brittany regions. As usual there are exciting mountains stages in the French Alps and the Pyrenees.The races finishes in Paris on the 29th July.
Every summer Labeaume hosts a music festival. ‘Labeaume en Musique’ fills the pretty cobbled town with the sounds of opera, classical and other genres of music as delicious as the local food and bubbly. Don’t forget your cushion for the pebbled beach.
Off Parc Activities
If you feel like getting out and about whilst on holiday, the following activities are available in the local area:
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