Saint-Montan travel guide

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The village of Saint-Montan is located in the southern Ardeche, north of Bourg-Saint-Andeol. It is inscribed as an Ardeche 'village of character'.

It is interesting to note that almost the entire medieval village had fallen to ruin and was completely uninhabited until the 1970's when a major project of rebuilding began which took many years and involved thousands of volunteers.

So almost all the old village of Saint-Montan we love today is less than 50 years old, but rebuilt using traditional techniques and materials!

Explore Saint-Montan

This small hillside village has a castle at the top of the hill with the narrow streets of the village sprawling below, and continuing down to the small river and a few shops and restaurants commerces at the bottom.

old houses in Saint Montan

The old part of the village is not accessible to cars, and has been extensively renovated. It consists of a maze of steep cobbled alleys and paths, vaulted passageways, and a great deal of picturesque old houses.

At the top of Saint-Montan the medieval castle is very extensive - almost as large as the village itself - and you can see the substantial walls and several towers.

Throughout your visit there are lovely views across the rooftops of houses in Saint-Montan and the surrounding hills. (The village was perhaps more reminiscent of a Provencal perched village than the other Ardeche villages of character.)

There are also two small 'roman' style chapels to visit - the chapels of San Samonta and Saint-André de Mithroys.


Although only a small village there are various restaurants and other shops in Saint-Montan, in and around the main square below the old part of the town and in the lower parts of the ancient streets.

France This Way review: parking was very difficult in Saint-Montan (there was insufficient parking for the number of cars in May, so what must August be like?!), and when I'd reached the castle at the top of the hill there was a sign pinned to the door saying 'for castle keys ask at the shop at the bottom of the hill'...

...but despite these problems I have to concede that Saint Montan was an unmissably atttractive little village, but I recommend you arrive early to avoid spending hours in the car getting hot and bothered.

steep path leading to the castle

Attractions nearby

Various marked walks and trails are available in the hills around the village to enable visitors to better discover the surrounding countryside.

On leaving Saint-Montan I followed the winding road out of the village towards Larnas. This is a very scenic route winding up into the hills and is also recommended. Bring a picnic!

If you enjoy visiting ancient villages we suggest you also include Alba-la-Romaine to the north of Saint-Montan and Aigueze to the south as part of your itinerary as well as a drive along the north rim of the Gorges de l'Ardeche.

You can find more travel ideas in the Ardeche guide and the Rhone-Alpes guide.

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Address: Saint-Montan, Bourg-Saint-Andéol, Privas, Rhone-Alpes, 7220, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 44.4406, longitude 4.62583

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Viviers: secteur sauvegarde (7 km)
  • La Ferme aux crocodiles: zoo or wildlife park (11 km)
  • Jardin des herbes: remarkable garden (11 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Michel (La Garde-Adhemar): religious monument (12 km)
  • Grotte de Saint-Marcel: site of natural beauty (14 km)
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame (Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux): religious monument (15 km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale des Gorges de l'Ardèche: site of natural beauty (16 km)
  • Aigueze: most beautiful village (16 km)
  • Abbaye d'Aiguebelle (Montjoyer): religious monument (18 km)
  • Gorges de l'Ardeche: grand site of france (19 km)
  • Vogue: most beautiful village (21 km)
  • Balazuc: most beautiful village (21 km)

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