Camping and mobile home holidays in the Ardeche, southern central France
The Ardeche is a department of the Rhone-Alpes in southern central France, and it lies immediately above the Gard department of Languedoc-Roussillon. It is landlocked of course but you don't take camping holidays in the Ardeche for beach holidays anyway, there are much more exciting things to do!
Campsites we feature in the Ardeche
The 5* Camping Chateau de Boisson has the Michelin 3 Red Tents award, has ample pool facilities, tennis & is iseally situated for cycling and walking.
Camping Domaine de Chaussy in the Ardeche Valley is a 5* campsite with a superb pool complex + a host of other onsite facilities and canoeing, kayaking & quad biking nearby.
The 4* Camping les Tours is a small & friendly campsite with direct access to Lake Selves, & also has a Zip Line & a fantastic pool complex.
With games for all ages, fun on the river with canoeing & kayaking, the 4* Camping Domaine du Cros d'Auzon has a lovely pool complex & offers plenty of walking opportunities through the Ardeche.
Camping le Petit Bois is set by the River Ardeche & is ideally placed to offer mountain biking, swimming, canyoning & canoeing. There are onsite facilities too!
The 3* Camping Grand Terre has a private beach on the banks of the River Ardeche so canoeing/kayaking is made easy. You will see vast areas of natural beauty here + the stunning Ardeche Gorges.
Situated just west of the Rhône between Lyon and Avignon are the twisting valleys of the department of the Ardèche appear to be so beautiful, and beside the River Rhône, the remnants of ancient medieval castles peer down on vineyards where some of the very finest southern French wines are produced.
So why do people have camping holidays in the Ardeche? Well the whole area is one huge nature reserve with mountains, woods, forests and rivers, fresh mountain air and lots and lots of sun. Wildlife abounds here and in the wooded areas you are virtually certain to see little red squirrels (there are no grey squirrels in France), and if you are patient you will most likely attract one or two of them – if you have some peanuts that is.
In truth you will find that you need to be reasonably fit in order to take full advantage of everything the Ardeche has to offer. Walking in this scenic area is a total delight but there are hills, long hills and mountain paths (no mountain climbing though) so it can be rather tiring if you aren't used to such exercise.
Most of the holidays in the Ardeche are either tent camping or mobile home ones, and the site facilities are always top notch and have every facility that beachside resorts have.
The river starts its life in the Massif Central, near the village of Astet and flows into the Rhine near Pont-Saint-Esprit, north-west of Orange. The Ardeche valley is a very scenic area, especially the 30 km section known as the Ardeche Gorges, and it is at this point that the river walls become cliffs up to 300 metres in height. It is truly spectacular and the most famous feature is a natural 60m stone arch spanning the river known as the Pont d'Arc, or Arch Bridge.
So you can imagine why the Ardeche is a magnet for kayak and camping holidays, white water kayaking as you have never experienced
Canoe and kayak trips down the river are popular with pretty well all age groups and schools take advantage of being able to book organised and professional guides - please do not go it on your own because it can be seriously dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.
So, taking on the River Ardeche in a kayak or canoe will certainly bring out the adventurous side of you and there is always the possibility that after doing the river once you could turn out to be quite an adrenaline junkie.
Some trips down the river can be one or two day ones but you can rest easy in the knowledge that you will receive top quality instruction from fully qualified and experienced staff who, having lived and worked in the Ardèche for many years and who have extensive knowledge of the area.
This part of France averages around 300 days of sunshine per year, and this good weather provides the perfect environment to experience a whole range of activities from Canoe/Kayaking to Canyoning to Caving to Via-Ferratta.
Via-Ferratta, for the uninitiated (and we're not being condescending here) is a protected climbing route found in the Alps and certain other locations such as the Ardeche. What happens is that some brave soul fixes a steel cable to the rock face between every 1 to 10 metre stretches so, using a via ferrata kit, climbers can secure themselves to the cable, and so limiting any fall.
Sound good to you? Sounds hairy to me!
Take a camping holiday in the Ardeche and we bet you will be back for more one day!
Last update: 30.12.2017
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