Camping in the Ardèche
Camping in the Ardèche is a great way to experience some of France’s most spectacular countryside. This is an area of breathtaking natural beauty, with rocky gorges, lush forests, clear flowing rivers and an abundance of wildlife.
With the Mediterranean coast not far way, the Romans have left their mark on this distinctive landscape, and towns and villages seem to grow out of limestone cliffs – all great places to explore from our campsites in the Ardèche.
Things to do when you’re camping in the Ardèche
Ardèche Gorges and Pont d’Arc
Along the 30 or so kilometers of the Ardèche Gorges the huge limestone cliffs can tower as high as 300 metres above the river.
At Pont d’Arc the water wore away the rock for thousands of years before breaking through to create the largest natural arch in Europe – a magnificent sight you can enjoy while swimming from the riverside beach.
The prehistoric paintings recently discovered nearby are too fragile for display but you can see a fascinating exhibition in Vallon Pont D’Arc.
Cévennes National Park
This is the largest of the seven French National Parks: an area of deep valleys, clear rivers and thickly forested slopes, dotted with chestnut groves and mulberry trees planted for the local silk industry.
Robert Louis Stevenson and Modestine famously travelled through here in "Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes" and a trail has been created so that visitors can follow in their footsteps.
Pont du Gard
Roman engineers and architects built this wonderful three-tiered bridge to carry an aqueduct over the Gard river and onwards to Nîmes some 40km away.
In the museum, life-sized reconstructions show how it was done, and a giant screen shows the journey of the water from source to water tower.
Avignon was the official residence of the Pope for most of the 14th century, and then hosted one of the rival pontiffs during the Great Schism. The immense size of the Palais des Papes – the equivalent of four cathedrals – reflects the status the papacy brought to the town.
You can also visit the famous Pont D’Avignon, better known as St Benezet’s Bridge.
Gorges du Tarn
Gorges du Tarn are a spell-binding natural phenomenon, carved into the limestone plateau by the River Tarn. Although there are plenty of outlook points, the view from the water is perhaps the best of all.
There are numerous swimming spots, as well as boat trips, canoes to rent and caves to explore.
St Jean du Gard
The market town of St Jean du Gard marks the end of the Stevenson Trail. Find out more about the chestnuts and silk worms of the Cévennes at the Cévenoles Valley Museum, or chug through forested valleys behind an old fashioned steam train.
Roquefort has protected status: only cheese that has been aged in caves beneath Roquefort-sur-Soulzon can bear the name. A fascinating tour of the caves ends with a tasting session.
Our campsites in the Ardèche are easy to book online, or by calling our knowledgeable Sales team on 0345 268 0827.