Vallon Pont d'Arc
Visit Vallon Pont d'Arc (Rhone-Alpes, France)
Vallon Pont d'Arc is in the Ardeche department of the Rhone-Alpes, at the western end of the Gorges de l'Ardeche. A quiet tranquil place in winter, the village leaps to life in summer when hordes of visitors wishing to explore the Gorges de l'Ardeche descend on Vallon Pont d'Arc.
Explore Vallon Pont d'Arc
The town itself is a pleasant enough place to explore, with streets lined with old buildings, cafes...and tourist type shops. The Chastelas part of the town - the old town - is the most interesting from a historical point of view. See also the small belvedere behind the church of Saint-Saturnin.
Another monument of interest in the town is the Town Hall, a castle built in the 17th century and inside which you can see several Aubusson tapestries.
But in truth it is as a resort town that Vallon Pont d'Arc receives the most attention - the streets are bustling with cafes, bars and people, and it has a happy, 'people on holiday and out to enjoy themselves', atmosphere. It almost feels like a seaside resort, except the sea is nowhere to be found!
Note: I found myself in the town by accident, having mixed up a hotel booking elsewhere and having nowhere else to stay. I'm glad I did, and if you are in the region and looking for a lively town with a wide choice of restaurants where you can eat outside, I am happy to recommend it.
To visit close to Vallon Pont d'Arc
If you can tear yourself away from the gorges for a while, it was near Vallon Pont d'Arc that one of the very oldest painted caves in the world was discovered. It was 32,000 years ago that the Grotte Chauvet was inhabited and decorated with fantastic cave paintings. The caves were discovered in 1994. Unfortunately they can not be opened to the public (to avoid the same damage that took place to the Lascaux caves) but a copy and a museum dedicated to the caves can be visited.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, Largentière, Ardeche, Rhone-Alpes, 7150 || GPS: latitude 44.4078, longitude 4.39444
Map of Vallon Pont d'Arc & places nearby
Highlights close by
Pont d'Arc 3km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Vallon Pont d'Arc, France
- Gorges de l'Ardeche - grand site of france
- Aven d'Orgnac - grand site of france (11km)
- Balazuc - most beautiful village (11km)
- Bois de Païolive - site of natural beauty (16km)
- Vogue - most beautiful village (16km)
- Aigueze - most beautiful village (17km)
- Gorges du Gardon - grand site of france (18km)
- Grotte de la Cocaliere - site of natural beauty (23km)
- Viviers - secteur sauvegarde (25km)
- La Ferme aux crocodiles - zoo or wildlife park (25km)
Market days in Vallon Pont d'Arc: Regular market(s) are held in Vallon Pont d'Arc each Thursday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Vallon Pont d'Arc (Francais)