Vallon Pont d'Arc

Vallon Pont d'Arc - Ardèche
Vallon Pont d'Arc - Ardèche  Suprising village - Ardèche  the bridge - Ardèche  Water, sun and nature - Ardèche

What a suprising village! A smal farming town in winter turns into a splendid tourist resort in the spring. At the edge of the gorges of Ardèche, it enjoys a mild Mediteraanean climate. A natural landmark, Pont d'Arc, the gateway to Provence, is a massive natural bridge over 60 meters high forged in limestone. Water, sun and nature, the ideal combiantion for a great manu outdoor activities including canoeing down the Ardèche gorges, rambling, mountain biking, horse riding and 4-wheeling...This is the perfect place for hiking: from the plain to its hillside trails. The calades (old stone) of its streets and lively shopping lanes Today, the Chauvet grotto, discovered in 1994, offers one of the finest examples of cave art in the world, dating Vallon back some 30 000 years. An exhibition, designed as a museum, housed in this underground sanctuary, boasts superb paintings and engravings and also examples of the lifestyles of Cro-Magnon man who lived in the Ardèche gorges during the ice age. A reconstruction will soon allow you to share all the emotion of this journey through time. With a rich natural and historical heritage, Vallon Pont d'Arc awaits your visit with its many activities. On the sun-kissed café terraces and in the many restaurants, you'll be able to sample all the delights of Ardèche cuisine and delicious local wines. Steeped in history, Ardèche looks forward to welcoming you on a journey you'll never forget.

Hiking enthusiasts, you cannot fail to appreciate the diversity of our trails.