Tourism and useful tips
Grignan (at 25km)
The city, and the castle, on its rocky hilltop, overlooking the lavenders of the countryside. Listed historic and artistic buildings, and gastronomy, with truffles and game.
Website : www.ville-grignan.fr
Avignon (at 50km)
Flamboyant papal city, on the rocktop, the famous bridge, the walled city, , and hundreds of cosy shaded squares, original cafés. In July don’t miss the theater festival the fills the streets of scenic areas.
Website : www.avignon.fr
Les Gorges de l’Ardèche (at 15km)
Canyon of the wild meandering river, in a natural protected landscape, of beaches, high cliffs, and greenery. Experience the popular canoe descent, or the riverside footpath on a day trip.
Website : www.gorgesdelardeche.fr
Le Mont Ventoux (at 60km)
The giant of Provence, topping at 2000 m, to enjoy a fresh breeze in summer, or snowy slopes in winter. Climb on foot, or ride a bike, from the summit your eyes cover from Mediterranean to the Alps.
Website : www.ventouxprovence.fr/accueil.html
Le train de l’Ardèche (at 60km)
The picturesque Doux Valley, in a historic steam train, narrowing its way on bridges and in tunnels, along the nearly inaccessible track. Rail bikes are also available.
Website : www.trainardeche.fr
La bambouseraie (at 80km)
Unique in Europe, the giant bamboo that can do everything : cooking, building, construction, crafts, writing, meditation, movies scenery. Also a very good walk in the Zen garden.
Website : www.bambouseraie.fr
L’Aven d’Orgnac (at 25km)
Registered as a Great Site of France : gigantic caves, and majestic crystal formations, all illuminated. Also a Prehistoric Museum, where you can trace back 350 000 years of humanity.
Website : www.orgnac.com
La grotte Chauvet (at 15km)
The famous prehistoric site with some of the oldest known human paintings, dated – 35 000 y, finely reconstituted for a comfortable visit. Allow 2 h minimum, and more if you also call in the museum.
Website : www.grottechauvet2ardeche.com
Grotte de Saint Marcel (at 5km)
This magic underground path, convenient for all public, with magical son et lumière on the chalky concretions and gours (sort of natural pools). On option : Speleo hike for all levels from beginners (guided) to experienced.
Website : www.grotte-ardeche.com
La Via-Rhona (in front of the house)
800 km cycle route, still in progress, from Alpine panoramas to Camargue beaches across emblematic landscapes of the Cotes du Rhône vineyards and those of the southern Provence.
Website : www.viarhona.com
Hill top villages :
• La Garde Adhémar : circular view on Tricastin Valley, scents garden, gastronomy
• Aigueze : dominating Ardeche, in its medieval ramparts
• Labeaume and Balazuc : heritage listed village on top, sunny bating river at the bottom
• Lagorce : typical Ardeche village, famous for the eco-factory Melvita : from plants to cosmetics
Wine tourism :
• Classic wine region “Côte du Rhone”, old history back in centuries, much developed since the great frost on 1958 where olive trees suffered so much, and wine was redeveloped as a safer crop.
• Many tasting Caveaux, with local specialties from Syrah, Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet, ad Chardonnay.
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