France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Pont d'Arc and the Ardèche, France
A beautiful area of central France with a fascinating history of human habitation since the late Stone Age.




The southern Ardèche is well known for its prehistoric sites and its long history. Cave paintings at the Chauvet Cave date back 36,000 years and show stunning sophistication. The Caverne du Pont d'Arc, opened in 2015, presents a reproduction of these works of art. More...

The region is also known for its natural beauty, in particular for the Gorges de l'Ardèche, or the Canyons of the Ardèche River. This is a very popular area for boating, camping, and hiking. More...

The town of Vallon Pont d'Arc serves as the staging area for much of the outdoor sporting activity. It is also the closest town to the Caverne du Pont d'Arc, the amazing reproduction of the Chauvet Cave, with its exquisite 36,000 year old cave paintings.

In Vallon Pont d'Arc you'll find restaurants, hotels, tourist information, places to rent canoes or kayaks, beach ware, and a variety of other clothing, equipment, and souvenirs aimed at tourists.

Wondering what the Pont d'Arc is? It's a natural bridge just a few kilometers south of the town of Vallon Pont d'Arc. Today it includes a popular swimming beach.

Although not technically in Provence, a visit to this area makes a great day trip from the northern Provence town of Orange. Here's how to do it.

What to See & Do

Caverne du Pont d'Arc

Gorges de l'Ardèche

Tourist Information

About Orange

About Lascaux



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Pont d'Arc, France

Above, Swimmers enjoying the beach at the Pont d'Arc.





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