The Gorges de l'Ardèche

The Ardèche between heritage and history!

Saint Martin d’Ardèche is situated along the Gorges de l'Ardèche, in the deep south of the Ardèche Mérdionale, where the mediterranean climate is guiding you, the crickets sing everyday and you hear the accent of the south... If you're looking for culture, sportactivities or just want to discover new things, our campsite is a perfect base to start your journey and to visit and discover the most beautiful spots in the heart of unspoiled nature surrounding us.

The Gorges de l'Ardèche

The Gorges de l'Ardèche

The Gorges de l'Ardèche, are made up of a series of gorges, forming a thirty-kilometers long canyon, ground out huge limestone rocks between Pont d'Arc (Vallon Pont D'Arc) and Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche. You can follow the course of the river by car and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views.

In the south the Gorges forms the boundary beteen the l'Ardèche department and the Gard. There are many lookout points along the way named after the geographical position. From the Serre de Tourre you have an exeptional view over the Cevennen in direction Alès at the beginning of the Gorges untill the Ranc Pointu with a view over the Aiguèze, Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche and even further untill the Rhône and the Mont Ventoux.

(Source Wikipédia)

The sublime Pont d'Arc

The Pont d'Arc is protected since 1982. This natural bridge was formed by a meander, working his way trhough the limestone rocks, becoming the more and more impressive. The underground effects of this proces, created the base of many caves in the gorges de l'Ardèche.

Ce phénomène géologique est rare, mais pas unique en France ni dans le monde, mais ces autres cas sont néanmoins loin d'avoir les proportions du Pont d'Arc, qui est le plus monumental d'entre eux : le Pont d'Arc enjambe la rivière Ardèche à 54 mètres de hauteur et sur 59 mètres de largeur. Par ailleurs, le Pont d'Arc est le seul cas en France d'arche de pierre surplombant une rivière encore en activité.

(Source Vallon Pont d'Arc)

The sublime Pont d'Arc

Camping des Gorges

Humans and places

Patrimoine et villages de caractères

Not far from Saint Martin d’Ardèche you can discover the landscapes and villages with outstanding character. Visit d'Aiguèze, one of the most beautiful villages of France, Pont du Gard of the Vaucluse with the city of Avignon well known for the Popes Palace or Orange with it's antique theater...

The middle age village of Balazuc build at the rocks above the river, the village of Labeaume nested at the lime rocks, the village of Voguë build on the base of an amphi theater or even more beautiful the village of Labastide de Viracwith it's castle de Xth-century, now museum and silk worm breeding farm... these and many more interesting spots to discover only some kilometers away from Saint Martin d’Ardèche.

European caves, hidden tresures

Long ago, the actuel region was formed by the deepest bottom of the sea and slowly, in the course of time, by geological changes, infiltrations of water and erosion, caves were created. The Ardèche hides the most beautiful caves and avens in Europe, and a great number of them are regularly open for public.

Amongst them, a real treasure, the caves of l’Aven d’Orgnac, the only cave with a label “Grand site de France” . This cave is situated about 20km from Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche. There are guided tours, a pré historic park and caving.

Magnificent Caves