Mars tourism and travel guide

Photo of Mars in Ardeche

Photo is of Desaignes at 16 km from Mars

Visit Mars: highlights and tourist information

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Mars is situated in the Ardeche department and Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Mars in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

Popular places to visit nearby include Desaignes at 16 km and Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez at 30 km.

Mars, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 16 km (direction east)

The ramparts, medieval gateways and village centre are the highlights of your visit to...

See Desaignes guide


Most Beautiful Village at 30 km (direction north-north-east), in the Loire department

Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez, now a 'most beautiful village in France' is unusual because it started life...

See Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez guide


at 34 km (direction south)

Antraigues-sur-Volane is a small medieval perched village, with most activity centred around its central...

See Antraigues-sur-Volane guide
Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay

at 34 km (direction west), in the Haute-Loire department

The town of Le Puy-en-Velay is very interesting to visit and an important pilgrimage...

See Le Puy-en-Velay guide


Most Beautiful Village at 36 km (direction west-south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

Arlempdes is a very small village but the character of the village, the ruined...

See Arlempdes guide


at 38 km (direction south)

Smaller than many of the Ardeche villages, you will see an ancient covered passageway...

See Meyras guide


at 39 km (direction south-east)

Privas is not a major destination but a visit is leasant when you are...

See Privas guide


at 39 km (direction south-south-west)

Thueyts is more 'renovated' than many of the Ardeche 'villages of character' and has...

See Thueyts guide


at 41 km (direction east)

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

See Tournon-sur-Rhone guide


at 41 km (direction east), in the Drome department

A town for gourmands, Tain-l'Hermitage is visited for its excellent local chocolates and the...

See Tain-l'Hermitage guide


at 43 km (direction south)

The most unusual characteristic in Jaujac is the deep river gorge running through the...

See Jaujac guide


Most Beautiful Village at 44 km (direction west-south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

Both the picturesque historic village centre and the lovely viwes make Pradelles a highlight...

See Pradelles guide


at 45 km (direction south)

The Chateau d'Aubenas and the belvedere next to the castle are the highlight of...

See Aubenas guide


at 46 km (direction east), in the Drome department

Although the famous local vineyards are the main attraction there is a great deal...

See Valence guide

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Markets in and near Mars

  • Le Chambon-sur-Lignon: market Wednesday - seasonal market only (5km)
  • Le Chambon-sur-Lignon: market Wednesday & Saturday (5km)
  • Saint-Agreve: market Monday (6km)
  • Fay-sur-Lignon: market Wednesday & Sunday (8km)
  • Saint-Front: market Friday (15km)
  • Le Cheylard: market Wednesday (15km)
  • Montfaucon-en-Velay: market Wednesday (18km)
  • Raucoules: market Saturday (19km)
  • Lapte: market Sunday (20km)
  • Saint-Julien-Chapteuil: market Monday (20km)

More information about Mars, Rhone-Alpes

Tourist attractions near Mars, France

What to do at Mars? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Mars.

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Monts d'Ardeche (34km)
  • Pilat (46km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Prieuré de Saint Julien (Saint-Julien-Chapteuil) (21km)
  • Eglise de Saint Georges (Saint-Paulien) (43km)
  • Cathédrale Saint-Apollinaire (Valence) (46km)
  • Abbatiale Sainte-Marie (Cruas) (53km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc Jouvet (46km)
  • Jardin de l’écomusée (51km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Mont Gerbier de Jonc (21km)
  • Cascade du Ray-Pic (28km)
  • Cascade de la Beaume (35km)
  • Lac du Bouchet (44km)
  • Perdrix Crest (45km)
  • Oeillon Crest (47km)
  • Tanargue (49km)

Towns of Art and history


Geography and distances

Mars is in the southern-centre of France at 39 kilometres from Privas, the department capital (general information: Mars is 452 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Mars

Canton: Saint-Agrève

Arrondissement: Tournon-sur-Rhône

Department: Ardeche

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 0

Distance to Mars

from Privas (prefecture): 39 km

from Paris: 452 km

from Calais: 684 km

from Nice: 276 km

from Bordeaux: 386 km

from Strasbourg: 474 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Mars from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Devesset, Intres, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, Les Vastres, Mazet-Saint-Voy and Saint-Julien-Boutieres.

This page in French: Visiter Mars