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

photo of Ailhon


The beauty of Ailhon is the chance to follow the footpaths through the forests between the separate hamlets
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photo of Alba-la-Romaine


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


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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photo of Aubenas


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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photo of Balazuc


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


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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photo of Desaignes


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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photo of Gorges de l'Ardeche

Gorges de l'Ardeche

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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photo of Jaujac


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


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


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


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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photo of Naves


Stroll through the pretty village of Naves and you will see progressively more ancient houses disappearing back into the landscape
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photo of Pont d'Arc

Pont d'Arc

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


Privas is not a major destination but a visit is leasant when you are exploring the Ardeche countryside
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photo of Saint-Montan


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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photo of Thueyts


Thueyts is more 'renovated' than many of the Ardeche 'villages of character' and has lots of architectural highlights
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photo of Tournon-sur-Rhone


In Tournon-sur-Rhone there are several interesting monuments to explore and also the Eden Parc woodland garden and views
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photo of Vallon Pont d'Arc

Vallon Pont d'Arc

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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photo of Viviers


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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photo of Vogue


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

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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: See tourist guide

Religious Monuments

Abbatiale Sainte-Marie (Cruas)

Regional Natural Parcs

Monts d'Ardeche

Towns classified as Recommended Detours


Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Balazuc: See tourist guide

Vogue: See tourist guide

Grand Sites of France

Aven d'Orgnac

Gorges de l'Ardeche: See tourist guide