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Camping Castanhada

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If you have the soul of explorers, you will be in for a treat!

Open your eyes wide and open your ears, you will then discover the marvelous treasures of this unique territory. On foot, on horseback or on a pony. On rollerblades or by bike on the Via Ardèche or the ViaRhôna, or by mountain bike. Canoeing or swimming. Underground or in the air. The South-Ardèche and the Ardèche Cévennes constitute an incredible natural playground. You will experience thrills and unique moments of sharing. You will be able to paddle, climb, dream, scamper, dive, snoop, taste, trudge, explore, wander… A whole tailor-made program for young and old! Travel in prehistory or in the bowels of the earth, hunt for treasures, observe flora and fauna, bathe, fish, sleep at night under the stars… Are you ready for the vacation of your dreams?

Exceptional ...

It is in Ardèche that we find the oldest cave paintings in the world. They were painted by prehistoric men 36 years ago on the walls of a cave. Named the Chauvet cave, this cavity was discovered in 1994 near the Pont d'Arc. More than 350 animals are represented on the walls, including cave lions, mammoths, horses, rhinos, bears, deer, etc. The Chauvet cave is one of the sites listed as World Heritage by UNESCO and cannot be visited. not. But it is possible to discover its copy: the Chauvet 2 Cave created in Vallon Pont d'Arc.

Ideal…

While your children splash around in the cool water of the rivers, a tiny world unfolds beneath their feet! Here more than elsewhere, water has shaped the landscapes, hollowed out caves and canyons. Underwater or on the water, there is no shortage of splashing activities, and life is everywhere if you know how to observe it. By canoe, paddle or boat, sliding on natural slides or simply by hiking at the edge of the water, accompanying persons graduates, nature enthusiasts, will make you discover the extraordinary fauna of the river. Your little frogs will have a blast! 

Wonderful … 

Since camping, you will be able hike on the trails of the Pays des Vans in the Bas Vivarais. This territory is a set of low limestone and marl hills. The forest occupies the reliefs leaving the valleys to agriculture. It often occurs in the form of stands of oaks and holm oaks. The volcanic plateau of Coiron constitutes an original geographical unit which dominates the region. To the west, descending from the Cévennes, the site of Les Vans is a good illustration of the transition to more southerly vegetation. An austere setting of schist mountains succeeds the dazzling whiteness of the limestone hills. Shortly after the village of Brahic, the passage from schist to limestone is extremely marked. The dry stone walls of the old cultivation terraces are still very present in the landscape. South-east of Les Vans, on either side of Chassezac, lies the limestone chaos of Bas-Vivarais. The rainwater, laden with carbon dioxide, dissolved the limestone, turning simple cracks into deep crevices. The clayey residues thus formed, associated with the old alluvium, allowed the development of the vegetation. The Bois de Païolive, made up of downy oaks, has long been considered one of the remarkable sites of Basse-Ardèche. To the south, the Gras plateau and the Orgnac plateau, covered with a garrigue with holm oaks and boxwood, form a vast karstic surface notched by the famous gorges of the Ardèche.

Hiking ideas

The Les Vans / Brahic walk, takes you to the foothills of the Serre de Barre from where you will discover the villages of Naves and Brahic. Over the 13 kilometers, you will notice three very different environments: white limestone, with olive trees, thyme and junipers, greenish and very crumbly marl and dark schist where pines and chestnut trees grow. It lasts about 3h30, for 10 kilometers. 

The loop of the hamlets of Chambonas crosses a dozen hamlets in the commune of Chambonas mainly built in sandstone. The path runs along land still cultivated with vines or olive trees, thus resisting the invasion of maritime pines. Allow around 5 hours to cover 17 kilometers.

Le Ressaladier (Les Salelles) offers you a route which first allows you to observe old sandstone farmhouses typical of Bas-Vivarais but as you walk along the deep valley of the Ressaladier, you will observe several “levades”, which are dams stone allowing to separate the parts to be cultivated.

Gravel pits / Les Eynès, is another local walk which overlooks the Chassezac and which allows you to discover the river upstream of the Vans. Descending from the Lozère mountains, he dug a steep-sided valley. Two submersible bridges make it possible to cross the river but in the event of strong floods the passage will be impossible. The path crosses multiple hamlets and sandstone farmhouses very typical of Bas-Vivarais.

Four Natura 2000 sites are located in this territory

  • Païolive wood and the Chassezac lower valley. A real natural labyrinth overlooking the Chassezac awaits you. This forest of petrified rock and white oaks form a set of labyrinths classified as “Sensitive natural area”. You will be amazed by the surprising shapes and the chaos of the limestone rocks damaged by erosion. The Bois de Païolive has been inhabited by strange rock sculptures since the dawn of time. It is home to many rare animal and plant species. You can find the famous beaver along the river or raptors such as the peregrine falcon or Bonelli's eagle that nest in the cliffs. The old wood is the refuge of a multitude of beetles such as the Lucane Cerf Volant or the Cétoine Bleue, almost unique in France. At nightfall, you may have the chance to observe the bats emerging from the many cavities. There are over 20 different species in wood!
  • The Agusas marshes and the mountains of Serre and Uzège. The site is at the heart of a rich ecological network, including many inventory and regulatory protection perimeters, bordered by the gorges of the Ardèche to the north and east, Chassezac to the north-west and the Cèze. South. At the interface of these landscapes, on the foot of the slopes, there are many wet valleys gradually escaping towards the plain. The rivers of the perimeter have a hydrological regime of the pluvio-Mediterranean type, with a summer low water level based on the hottest season.
  • The barrens and forests of Bartres. To join the promenade which stretches along the moor in the village of Bartrès, you just have to leave the village and follow the path of Buala, before following the moor, in front of the forest. The heathland hike extends for 7 to 8 km, on flat ground, and offers a remarkable view of the mountain range. This site, occupied since the Neolithic era, retains traces of its past. Exploitation of the moors, military maneuvers and excavations have damaged these testimonies of a bygone era. However, there are still large stones that stand along the path of the promenade which runs on the edge of the forest.
  • The Montselgues plateau. The Montselgues plateau is home to large areas of moors. This circuit takes place largely on a granite plateau beaten by the winds, without trees, where cling a small village and a few hamlets. This plateau is famous for its many granite chaos. 

Among these remarkable sites, 3 sensitive natural areas are listed: The Montselgues plateau and the Thines valley, The Abeau wood, Bartrès wood and the Ganière valley, and The Païolive wood and the Chassezac gorges.

Take time…

Go through the path of the Cocalière cave and to feel the immensity of the Cévennes park. Visit the picturesque villages of the south of Ardèche: Ships, Labeaume, Balazuc, Thines, Chambonas.

Le canoe is the AC-TI-VI-TE essential leisure and pleasure when one evokes the Ardèche, its river, its banks, its exceptional transparent water. You will have the choice to make superb walks and hikes in the Gorges de l'Ardèche and the Gorges du Chassezac. The river is accessible on foot in just 5 minutes, passing through the vineyards with the sublime view of the Cévennes massif. You will have the opportunity to admire the sublime castle of Chambonas. 15 minutes from camping do not miss the Chassezac Gorges, and discover cliffs whose beauty is breathtaking!

Tendency …

Visit Ardèche by bike !

It is a truly preserved region with rich and varied natural spaces. It lends itself completely to a discovery by bike. Its territory is crossed by many gentle ways allowing the practice of cycle tourism with the family. You will appreciate the mild Ardèche climate to get around by bike. Traveling vacations? Simple walks or day trips? All the possibilities are available to you depending on whether you are very athletic, accompanied by young children or followers of slow life. The Ardèche terrain is also a privileged area of ​​adventure for amateur or experienced mountain bikers! Several routes with different levels crisscross the mountains of Ardèche, and connect the most emblematic sites on forest tracks and narrow paths. Land of wide open spaces, the Ardèche offers cyclists a preserved environment and endlessly renewed wild landscapes, between forests and mountains, picturesque villages, relaxing lakes, sublime scrubland and gorges. Over 60 km of marked roads through typical villages such as Saint-Montan, vineyards and crops, or along the Rhône to stroll and visit ... At your own pace ...

  • The blue way is a path dedicated to pedestrians and bicycles which offers 12 kilometers of stroll along the Rhône between Guilherand-Granges and Châteaubourg.
  • La Payre takes you to discover this valley connecting Le Pouzin to Privas over 20 km from the ViaRhôna to Privas.
  • The Via Fluvia departs from Annonay, from the old Canson factories, to Saint-Marcel-lès-Annonay via the Vidalon district, and the Canson and Montgolfier paper mill museum in Davézieux.
  • The Via Ardèche offers remarkable panoramas over 50 km to explore Vinezac, Vogüé, Balazuc and Labeaume, labeled Villages de Caractère.
  • La Dolce Via guides you from one side of the river to the other. Gentle way of the Eyrieux Valley, it follows the route of the old departmental railway line abandoned since 1968. Today a 90km route connects St-Laurent-du-Pape to St-Agrève and Lamastre via Le Cheylard.
  • The Via Rhôna offers 815 km of cycle path to connect the lake Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea along the Rhône. Whether traveling or staying, you can discover the Ardèche along the 93 km of Viarhôna route spread over 4 sections (Viarhôna from Sarras to Glun, Viarhôna from Soyons to La Voulte-sur-Rhône, Viarhôna from Le Pouzin to Rochemaure, Viarhôna from Viviers to Bourg-St-Andéol).
  • The Great Crossing of the Ardèche by mountain bike, invites you to follow a 315 km route mainly of long-distance hiking trails (GR4 and GR7) and immerse you in the great outdoors, panoramas as far as the eye can see, unspoiled and wild nature. 

Tourist documentation to download

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