Ardeche places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Ardeche department of Rhone-Alpes. See also our Ardeche travel guide

Ailhon

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The beauty of Ailhon is the chance to follow the footpaths through the forests between the separate hamlets

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Alba-la-Romaine

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Larger than many of the Ardeche villages, Alba-la-Romaine also has a very picturesque historic centre to explore

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Antraigues-sur-Volane

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Antraigues-sur-Volane is a small medieval perched village, with most activity centred around its central square at the top of the hill

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Aubenas

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The Chateau d'Aubenas and the belvedere next to the castle are the highlight of your visit to the town of Aubenas

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Balazuc

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After exploring ancient Balazuc you descend further to reach the Ardeche river

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Banne

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The exceptional views from Banne are the highlight, and the streets of the small village and castle ruins are also highlights

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Desaignes

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The ramparts, medieval gateways and village centre are the highlights of your visit to Desaignes in the Monts d'Ardeche Regional Natural Park

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Gorges de l'Ardeche

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The Gorges de l'Ardeche are one of the most scenic highlights in France, whether following the road along the rim or canoeing along the river

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Jaujac

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The most unusual characteristic in Jaujac is the deep river gorge running through the centre of the village

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Joyeuse

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Explore the castle and medieval centre of Joyeuse - then head to the river beach to cool down!

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Labeaume

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Both the medieval village and the river beach combine to make Labeaume very rewarding to visit

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Meyras

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Smaller than many of the Ardeche villages, you will see an ancient covered passageway and a couple of trompe l'oeil paintings in the centre of Meyras

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Naves

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Stroll through the pretty village of Naves and you will see progressively more ancient houses disappearing back into the landscape

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Pont d'Arc

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The small beach and beautiful setting make Pont d'Arc a very beautiful and popular site

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Privas

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Privas is not a major destination but a visit is leasant when you are exploring the Ardeche countryside

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Saint-Montan

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Climbing the steep cobbled streets to the castle at the top of the village you see lots of lovely houses in ancient Saint-Montan

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Thueyts

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Thueyts is more 'renovated' than many of the Ardeche 'villages of character' and has lots of architectural highlights

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Tournon-sur-Rhone

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In Tournon-sur-Rhone there are several interesting monuments to explore and also the Eden Parc woodland garden and views

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Vallon Pont d'Arc

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Because of the proximity to the Gorges de l'Ardeche and the lively holiday atmosphere Vallon Pont d'Arc is a good base for exploring

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Viviers

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The town of Viviers contains some interesting buildings and a nice view across the Rhone, although the town is also rather neglected in places

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Vogue

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Dominated by its castle, the beautiful village of Vogue is one of our favourite Ardeche villages

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For more information see the Ardeche guide

 
 

Market towns & days in Ardeche

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Annonay: Wednesday & Saturday
Aubenas: Saturday
Bourg-Saint-Andeol: Wednesday
Coucouron: Wednesday
Guilherand-Granges: Friday
Jaujac: Tuesday & Friday
Joyeuse: Wednesday
La Voulte-sur-Rhone: Friday
Lamastre: Tuesday
Largentiere: Tuesday
Le Cheylard: Wednesday
Le Teil: Thursday
Naves: Saturday
Privas: Wednesday & Saturday &
Rosieres: Monday (high season only)
Ruoms: Friday
Saint-Agreve: Monday
Saint-Felicien: Friday
Saint-Martin-d'Ardeche: Sunday
Saint-Martin-d'Ardeche: Wednesday (high season only)
Saint-Paul-le-Jeune: Monday & Friday
Saint-Peray: Wednesday
Satillieu: Tuesday
Serrieres: Friday
Thueyts: Friday
Tournon-sur-Rhone: Saturday
Vallon Pont d'Arc: Thursday
Vals-les-Bains: Thursday & Sunday
Vernoux-en-Vivarais: Thursday

Tourist attractions to visit in Ardeche

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Sites of Natural Beauty

Bois de Païolive

Cascade du Ray-Pic

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Viviers: Tourist guide

Religious Monuments

Abbatiale Sainte-Marie (Cruas)

Regional Natural Parcs

Monts d'Ardeche

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Vals-les-Bains

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Balazuc: Tourist guide

Vogue: Tourist guide

Grand Sites of France

Aven d'Orgnac

Gorges de l'Ardeche: Tourist guide