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What to see and do in the Ardèche I Our top 5 must-visits

France is a popular holiday destination.

There are millions of tourists who flock to the sunny south of France every year.

But there is so much more beauty in France, such as the Ardèche , which is located just a little above the sunny coastline of France.

The Ardèche is a department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

The Ardèche is a mountainous and green landscape. Between the green mountains you will find picturesque, medieval villages. But also rivers and streams to cool off, gorges and impressive caves.

The Ardèche is not a large region in France. During a holiday in this beautiful area, you can certainly visit all the highlights.

The Ardèche is also a suitable region to stop during a tour of France, because within a few days you can certainly explore the most beautiful highlights of this region.

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​5x the most beautiful places to see and the best things to do in the Ardèche

The Ardèche is a region with a special atmosphere. Not only nature, but also the villages have an authentic and romantic atmosphere. We have not seen an ugly village in this region. So prepare yourself for many villages and terraces with beautiful "Medieval" views. Below our top 5, with the best things to see and do in the Ardèche in France; the best sights in the Ardèche. 

1. Pont d'Arc, a "Papal Cave"

The Pont d'Arc, also known as the "Papal Cave", is an absolute must-see for adventurers visiting the Ardèche region! Imagine: a gigantic natural bridge of limestone, formed by the force of the river, and attached to it is a subterranean cave dating back to prehistoric times.

As soon as you enter the sacred path down, you will feel the mystical atmosphere that surrounds this place. The caves are decorated with remarkable limestone formations, stalactites and stalagmites, which look like otherworldly sculptures. And then there's the pièce de résistance: the largest cave of them all, where you can admire the fascinating remains of prehistoric art.

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2 Admire the view with the Train de l'Ardèche

Do you feel like doing something different than usual; A unique experience? Then the Train of the Ardèche is really something for you!

This spicy, yet authentic train meanders through the enchanting landscape of the Ardèche region. With breathtaking views of rugged cliffs, babbling streams and wide valleys, this train journey is a real feast for the eyes. But wait, there's more!

The train itself is a characterful oldie with a charming, nostalgic appearance. When the steam whistle sounds, you imagine yourself in a bygone era. The rattling of the wheels and the appearance of the train makes it feel like traveling back in time.

And then there are the surprises along the way! Sometimes a goat suddenly appears next to the track, or a group of wild boars flashes past. Nature keeps you on your toes and makes every ride an experience in itself.

3. Balazuc, one of the most beautiful villages in France

Hidden like a gem in the Ardèche, Balazuc is a small village that can rightly be crowned one of the most beautiful in France. With its terracotta roofs, narrow streets and old stone houses, it looks like something straight out of a medieval film set.

Climb up and you suddenly find yourself at the top of a limestone rock, surrounded by an impressive panorama of swaying treetops and sparkles from the river. It's like you've stepped into a painting, complete with babbling mountain streams and an endless sky of deep blue.

But Balazuc is more than just a pretty picture. The village breathes history, with its restored houses, steep steps and hidden corners that take you on a journey through time. Explore and be surprised by the charms of this gem, where the clock apparently ticks slower and the world goes on pause.

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4. La Dolce Vita, for romantic cyclists

La Dolce Vita obviously means the good life. But in this case we mean the 90 kilometer long cycle path, which runs through the Ardeche.

La Dolce Via is the perfect challenge for every cyclist with a romantic travel heart. This scenic route is divided into seven beautiful stages, which you can cycle in both directions.

Imagine: you are pedaling through a world of green lawns, centuries-old chestnut trees, breathtaking arched bridges and cute villages with stone houses. Meanwhile, the babbling Eyrieux River - a proud tributary of the Rhône - continues to faithfully accompany you on this cycling journey full of charm and adventure.

The route diverges at the picturesque Le Cheylard and offers you an optional branch of 20 kilometers to the northeastern Lamastre. Here you can take a breather and enjoy the beautiful surroundings before continuing your tour.

Cycling across La Dolce Vita is a day full of beautiful and romantic views.

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5. Vogüé, a village full of medieval character

Turn back time for a moment and experience medieval life in Vogüé!

This picturesque village, sweetly nestled in the Ardèche Valley, is a true open-air museum where history comes to life.

Wander through the narrow, winding streets and be carried away by the charm of the beautifully preserved houses with their typical slate roofs and wooden balconies. It's like you've stepped into a travel book, with every nook and cranny offering a new surprise.

But Vogüé is more than just a picture to look at. The village exudes an authentic medieval atmosphere, with craftsmen who honor their age-old traditions. Be surprised by the local potters, blacksmiths and winemakers who exhibit their skills.

Vogüé is a true time machine, a place where the Middle Ages are still alive. Dive into this romantic place and let yourself be carried away by the irresistible charm of this village full of character!

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