For some reason, we keep finding ourselves going back to this place. It is the kind of spectacular place that your parents took you in the summer holidays as a little boy, the type of place you then went back to when you had your first girlfriend and own car to drive, and then when you're a few decades older you can't help but find yourself planning a return yet again. The picture with this article is exactly how we recall it and brings back memories, which doesn't help!
But enough with the sentimentality already. What we are talking about here is Vallon Pont d'Arc, a village in the French region of Ardèche and an important tourist center in the region. It sits at the entry of the Gorges de l'Ardèche nature reserve, of which the Pont d'Arc (pictured) is the most prominent attraction.
The Pont d'Arc is a natural limestone arch over the Ardèche that reaches up to 66 meters high. On a sunny day in summer you will find hundreds of people in the water, either to go canoeing or swimming.
The road of Haute Corniche (D290) brings you along the gorges and offers several breathtaking spots to park your car and take a look down at the river, while the area is home to caves and many charming villages. In that sense Vallon Pont d'Arc may be the most touristy, but it is in no way the most appealing of the lot. That price probably goes to Balazuc! [Review by travelindicator]
- Vallon Pont d'Arc is a city in France's region of Rhone-Alpes. It has a population of 2,380, is situated at an altitude of 397ft and the best airport to fly into is MRS (Marseille Provence Airport, Marseille)
- The main spoken language here is French, and the average English skill is low
- The currency used in France is the Euro (EUR)
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The Vallon Pont d'Arc Wikitravel is a good place to start, followed by the Lonely Planet article on the broader region. The Experience Ardeche website is quite neat, while the Visit France website does not offer much of interest. For a travel blog about a memorable family holiday, go here.
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