Cultural heritage and sites to visit

l'Ardèche près d'Aubenas
l’Ardèche près d’Aubenas

Historical heritage

Ardèche benefits from an exceptional heritage and obtained the label “Country of art and history“.
From Laoul forest dolmens to Alba’s antique romain site; from Cruas Abbey church to Villeneuve de Berg’s ancient country-house… More than 80 monuments showing the big historic wealth of our region are to be discovered.

Villages of character

Our villages and sites of character welcome you all year long. They will always be there to testify of ancient knowledge and the success of their adaptation with the modern world. Push the door of our « bars of country » to enjoy all year round local recipes.

  • Villeneuve de Berg
  • Villeneuve de Berg
  • Balazuc
  • Rochecolombe
  • Village de Rochecolombe
  • Vernon en Vivarais
  • Mirabel

Geologic heritage

Our region is situated in the hinge of major geological events which shaped its landscapes. Many types of grounds are represented making of Ardèche the richest French department in botanical species. The west Ardèche Cévennes grounds are crystalline, formed sometimes by  granitic”serres” sometimes by slaty massifs conferring the specificity of local houses, in particular their roofs covered with lauzes. The volcanic massif of Coiron, the most southern of the Chain of Velay offers magnificent basalt columns as well as the biggest volcanic neck of Europe. The bed of Ardèche dug profound gorges in the limestone also shaping a unique curiosity: Le Pont de l’Arc.

Ardèche rivers

Take advantage of your stay to go bathing in our beautiful rivers in crystal clear waters. Each of them has the peculiarity: from the brook for children safe bathing to the cool and deep water gours. Following the river beds and crossing beautiful natural swimming pools is another way to discover Ardèche.

  • L' ibie au Trou de la lune
  • Gorges de la Sompe
  • La Claduègne
  • L'Ardèche à Balazuc