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Wild Ardèche

Shaped by water and volcanoes, the Ardèche abounds in unique places the like of which you have probably never seen before! Here “getting away from it all” has a meaning! Imposing unspoilt nature invites you to let go in the heart of heavenly sites for unforgettable moments contemplating breathtaking landscapes and panoramic views.

In the Ardèche, you can paddle, swim and dive in natural pools dug out by water over thousands of years. Not far from the holiday village are a host of places where you can swim in clear, limpid, streams. Our favourites are the Besorgues, which runs into the Volane which flows through Vals Les Bains before joining the Ardèche and the Sandron which runs through Ucel before joining the Ardèche.

From March to October, benefit from your stay at the Villa Mattheo’S village of holiday flats in Vals Les Bains to explore the wild landscapes and isolated villages in the Ardèche Mountains just an hour away. The views are exceptional!
The road via the 1.551m high Mont Gerbier de Jonc, source of the river Loire and Lake Issarlès – a lake in the crater of a volcano at an altitude of 1.000 meters with a sandy swimming beach – are the stuff memories are made of.

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The Ardèche Mountain

Ardèche Mountains

The Besorgues River

Besorgues river

The Besorgues River

Besorgues river

View of La Volane © Stéphane Tripot

View on the Volane river

Waterfall of the Sompe

Sompe waterfall

Swimming in La Volane © Stéphane Tripot

Bathing in the Volane river

The Pissarelle waterfall

Pissarelle waterfall

The Besorgues River

Besorgues river

Swimming in the Besorgues

Bathing in the Besorgues river

Wild River

Wild River

Authentic Ardèche

The Ardèche conceals treasures which man has protected and put on display. Our heritage is unspoilt sites and villages, local produce and of course our delicacies.

Endowed with springs of mineral water, the Ardèche has 3 thermal spas including Vals Les Bains just 600 meters from the Villa Mattheo’S village of holiday flats. Ardèche wellbeing and spa cures are famous due to the purity of our waters and the benefits they provide.

The Ardèche “Villages of Character” reveal an architectural heritage with a powerful history. Characterized by an exceptional nature and the way it is used here (basalt flows, terrace farming, rocky outcrops…), lovers of old stones will be thrilled by the charm of our ancient Ardèche villages.

The diversity of nature in the Ardèche is impressive. From the Ardèche Mountains to the Ardèche river gorges, the grandiose landscapes change all the time as you venture along the local roads. And your adventures continue underground! The caves and shelters are a significant part of the natural heritage here. People who enjoy visiting world-famous sites will be impressed by the exceptional life size replica of the 36,000 year old wall paintings in the Chauvet Cave in Vallon Pont d’Arc. Many other caves (Aven d’Orgnac, Saint Martin d’Ardèche, Aven Marzal) will also take you back to prehistoric times.

Bathed by the Mediterranean climate and worked by its enthusiastic farmers, the soils of the Ardèche are ideal for growing vines, chestnuts and olives. Symbols of the Ardèche, their fruits generate a host of savours and flavours which also contribute to our rich heritage. Olive oils, Ardèche wines and marrons glacés are some of our “must” produce.

Pont d'Arc Cavern © SYCPA

Pont d’Arc Cavern

Ardèche Gorges

Ardèche river gorges

The Pont d'Arc

The Pont d’Arc

Mont Gerbier de Jonc

Mont Gerbier de Jonc

The Ray Pic Waterfall

Ray Pic waterfall

Largentière

Largentière

Lake Issarlès

Issarlès Lake

The Pont du Diable in Thueyts

Pont du Diable

Vineyard

Ardèche Vineyards

Local products

Local products

Active Ardèche

For weekend players and great athletes alike, the Ardèche is an immense playing field for fun for all! From simple strolls to get a breath of fresh air to the most thrilling activities, everything is possible near our village of holiday flats.

A paradise for biking tourists – and our “107 year old world champion”! Explore the local biking circuits and trails.

The hikers who prefer to go further than our village of holiday flats and the Bois Vert, there is a wide choice of excursions with or without guides for walkers of every level. For circuits without a guide, contact the Aubenas-Vals-Antraigues tourist office. For rambles with a guide contact the Ardèche Randonnées association and particularly for outings with Nicolas Grisolle.

In the Ardèche the “must” experience is canoeing in the heart of nature! Very popular everywhere in the Ardèche, the Ardèche river gorges and Chassezac river gorges are the main spots. Every second of your trip will be magic!

Every year the Ardèche stages great sporting events. Benefit from your stay at the Villa Mattheo’S to thrill to these challenges as a spectator – or even as a competitor!
L’Ardéchoise bike race in June
The Ardèche Run in September
The Gorges de l’Ardèche marathon in November

Whatever the sport you choose, the places you will see will be spellbinding. Colours, perfumes, amazement and a real change of scene will hallmark your experiences in the middle of nature in the Ardèche.

L'Ardéchoise

The Ardéchoise

Hiking

Hiking

Canoes

Canoe on the Ardèche

Climbing

Climbing

MTB

ATV

Canyoning

Canyoning

Speleology

Caving

Cyclotourism in Ardèche © Stéphane Tripot

Cycle touring

Aubenas Market

Aubenas street market

Thermes - Fitness

Thermal Baths – Fitness

Equipments

  • TV
  • Fridge-freezer
  • Micro-wave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Coffee maker
  • Electric hobs
  • Hoover
  • Iron
  • Dishes
  • Pillows
  • Quilts
  • Blankets

Equipment

  • TV
  • Fridge-freezer
  • Micro-wave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Coffee maker
  • Electric hobs
  • Hoover
  • Iron
  • Dishes
  • Pillows
  • Quilts
  • Blankets