Ardeche Meridionale is the southernmost region of the beautiful Ardeche department of the Rhone-Alps, France. Regularly considered as the most picturesque part of Ardeche, with a landscape of stunning mountain scenery, littered with mystic cave networks, charming Alpine villages and plenty of sunshine, a gite in Ardeche Meridionale provides visitors with an unsurpassed ability to really enjoy Alpine France. Every possible landscape, from mountains to beaches are accessible within an hour from a holiday rental villa in Ardeche Meridionale, and whether you are travelling for relaxation, culture or sport, you will never want for entertainment from an Ardeche Meridionale property.
The beauty of the natural landscapes of Ardeche Meridionale is staggering. The dramatic Gorges de l’Ardeche and the soaring peaks of Mont Ventoux are inspiring places to simply sit and look out over the landscape, but for those wishing to enjoy walking, cycling, mountaineering, paragliding, mountain biking or horse riding during their holiday, the landscape offers a great range of sensational routes to travel. The countryside really is a patchwork of landscapes, allowing visitors to walk, ride, cycle and fly over a vast array of terrains, all as picturesque as the last.
There is plenty to see on a tour of Ardeche Meridionale, France, too. The whole region is adorned with ancient castles, picturesque churches and museums, not to mention the huge cave systems that carve their way through the mountain rocks. There are many cave tours available in the region, taking deep into the amazing depths of the caverns. These tours are not for the feint hearted though!
The Rivers of the Ardeche, Ceze and Chassezac all pass through Ardeche Meridionale, producing not only the beautiful scenery around them, but also providing visitors to holiday rental villas in Ardeche Meridionale with some wonderful entertainment and sporting options. During the summer months, a swim in the river is always a welcome relief from the heat, and canoeing trips along the dramatic river channels can be the source of many hours of enjoyment. Fishing permits are readily available from any tabac or Ardeche Meridionale tourist information office.
The enormously pretty village of Vallon Pont d’Arc is the gateway to the famous Gorges de l’Ardeche, in the south. The village is surrounded by mountains and provides one of the most beautiful centres for walking, climbing and paragliding holidays in Ardeche Meridionale.
Aubenas is a wonderful village of crooked twisting streets, right on the banks of the River Ardeche, high in the mountains. Aubenas is fantastically peaceful, with amazingly crisp, clean air and a closeness to the wilderness that can rarely be found elsewhere.
The medieval town of Bourg St Andeol is hugely popular with tourists. The medieval town is known as the richest centre for medieval and pre-historic relics in the region. The many dolmen and the incredible sculpture of Mithra near the Vauclusian Springs should always be high on the list of attractions to investigate.
Ardeche Meridionale enjoys a fantastically sunny, Mediterranean climate, enjoy wonderfully long, hot summers and short, mild winters. During the summer months, temperatures in the high 20’s or low 30’s are commonplace, whilst during the winter, you can still enjoy fantastic walking and golfing holidays are temperatures rarely dip below 15˚C during the middle of the day.
The closest airport to a holiday rental property in Ardeche Meridionale is Nimes International Airport (FNI) just 80km from the centre of the region. Ryanair holds the monopoly on cheap flights to Nimes, providing direct services from the East Midlands (EMA), Liverpool (LPL) andLondonLuton (LTN). Taking a hire car is advised when staying in Ardeche Meridionale accommodation.