Visit Meyras (Rhone-Alpes, France)
Meyras is a village situated about 20 km north-west of Aubenas, in the heart of the Natural Regional Parc of the Monts d'Ardeche - it is officially listed as one of the 'Ardeche villages of character'.
Exploring Meyras is very straightforward - the village centres around the Church of Saint-Etienne - and it seemed that every path I followed seemed to end up back at the church. The church itself has a 12th century belltower and decorative entrance doorway.
More renovated than some of the villages in the region, it is a pleasant and calm place to amble around admiring the traditional architecture.
There are useful information signs on many of the buildings explaining their origins - for example you will see a large stone block above an entranceway that was once a lintel in one of the three chateaux that stood in Meyras several hundred years ago (now all gone).
Another unusual feature in Meyras is the vaulted passageway called the 'salle des voutes'. You will also notice a couple of 'trompe l'oeil' paintings in old doorways, depicting life in the village a century ago.
The thermal spa centre of Neyrac-les-Bains is also found at Meyras, and offers various thermal, beauty and spa treatments.
The medieval Chateau de Ventadour that stands high above the confluence of the rivers Ardeche and Fontoliere was built in the 12th century. It had been falling to ruin during several centuries when a group of enthusiasts decide to save, and partially rebuild, the castle. The work continues, as it has for the last 30 years, and visits to the castle are now possible (July and September only, monday to friday 9-12 and 2-7, weekends 3-7, entrance three euros).
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Address: Meyras, Thueyts, Largentière, Ardeche, Rhone-Alpes, 7380 || GPS: latitude 44.6825, longitude 4.26806
Map of Meyras & places nearby
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Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Meyras, France
- Monts d'Ardeche - regional natural parc (4km)
- Vals-les-Bains - recommended detour (8km)
- Cascade du Ray-Pic - site of natural beauty (11km)
- Gorges du Gardon - grand site of france (16km)
- Vogue - most beautiful village (19km)
- Balazuc - most beautiful village (21km)
- Pradelles - most beautiful village (32km)
- Gorges de l'Ardeche - grand site of france (33km)
- Bois de Païolive - site of natural beauty (33km)
- La Garde-Guerin - most beautiful village (33km)
The French version of this page is at Meyras (Francais)