Leisure and activitiesDomaine des Vans
Activities in the region
Discover the rich traditional heritage of the Ardèche… Take a trip back in time through the wonders of nature: discover the places full of history in the Ardèche.
The villages of the Ardèche have been gilding their stones in the sun for generations. They have a medieval soul, an authentic heart and cultivate a taste for their traditions. They are lively, endearing and sometimes mysterious, and are scattered along the valleys from north to south.
Underneath the Ardèche earth, thousands of years of history are revealed. Set off to discover the natural caves during a descent to the sources of a wild and preserved nature. Places where our ancestors lived and expressed themselves, they are now arranged for visits. The most prestigious, the Chauvet Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is reconstructed on an exceptional site.
Between the Monts d’Ardèche Regional Nature Park, the Cévennes and the mountains, the Ardèche offers you the chance to marvel at the region’s breathtaking landscapes. On foot, by bike, on a donkey or in a canoe, the Ardèche can be explored in many ways and offers a palette of colours that will not leave you indifferent.
In the Ardèche, nature is everywhere! The landscapes, the villages and the heritage are so many riches that offer everyone a real sensory journey.
The many lakes and rivers will allow you to refresh yourself in summer. Developed lakes, leisure centres or wilderness areas… the Ardèche offers many possibilities.
Let yourself be guided along the Ardèche’s paths to discover the secrets of this region rich in contrasts. The 6,000km of marked paths and hikes will allow everyone to take a path according to their desires.
Forests are omnipresent in the vicinity of the Domaine de Vans. They offer you the opportunity to get away from it all, to breathe the fresh country air and even to engage in physical activities that are impossible elsewhere. Put on your toughest pair of shoes and go for an adventure on a mountain bike or on foot.
Gastronomy in the Ardèche means stories, products and surprising culinary specialities! Whether in an inn, a starred restaurant or a traditional restaurant, the chefs are true artisans of taste and will take you on delicious gourmet walks.
Chestnuts have always been closely linked to the history of the Ardèche. It has been awarded a PDO and, along with Picodon and Fin Gras du Mézenc, shows French quality and a local attachment to the land.
The tables gourmandes de l’Ardèche offer simple and creative cuisine that favours seasonal products. The collective brand Goûtez l’Ardèche® guarantees a tasting of quality Ardèche products, and includes both gastronomic restaurants and family-run inns.
Lovely gourmet walks await travellers around the markets and various gastronomic events. In the Ardèche, the products are a source of inspiration that will make the taste buds of gourmets and gourmands travel. Numerous thematic excursions are proposed to discover the local gastronomy.
Well known to wine lovers, the Ardèche is a wine region that offers many walks to discover great wines. The region opens the doors of its cellars and vineyards to meet passionate winemakers and producers.
The Ardèche offers many possibilities for lovers of sports and sensations.
On board a canoe or a kayak, in total freedom or accompanied by a guide, glide through the gorges of the Ardèche. Some will prefer the rivers of the Chassezac, near the Domaine de Vans. Water in the Ardèche is also synonymous with strong sensations with canyoning, well-being and fitness!
Sport fishing, fly fishing, lure fishing: the Ardèche offers many possibilities for both amateurs and enthusiasts. Thematic routes are proposed, such as the “rational management route” or the “no-kill route”.
BIKE / MOUNTAIN BIKE
BIKE / MOUNTAIN BIKE
Cycling in the Ardèche means pedalling on gentle, safe routes with the family or taking on a sporting challenge on small country roads leading to formidable passes in a protected natural environment. For a weekend, a day, or a longer stay, everyone can cycle while enjoying a swim or a picnic!
Explore the Ardèche from one end to the other by taking the back roads. Take advantage of the 6,000 km of marked trails and hikes to take in the sights!