Galerie des mégacéros. Rhinocéros implanté dans la concavité d'une niche de corrosion. Cliché ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Direction régionale des affaires culturelles de Rhône-Alpes, Service régional de l’archéologie.
Aven Orgnac salle sup, Benh Lieu Song.
Descente de l'Ardeche en canoe.
VAGNAS, a village of 450 inhabitants, welcomes you for a calm and sunny stay. Signposted walks allow you to discover the real French countryside: vineyards, olive groves, lavender fields, and historic sites such as the ruins of an ancient monastery, Roman roads, burial grounds etc...
Having lived in the Ardeche for over 35 years, we began restoring this old farm house, the Domaine de l’Astic in 1990 with our own residence and four gites. Later in 2000, in order to accommodate groups and seminars, we added four more bed-rooms, two meeting rooms with catering and dining facilities. With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality business, we have sought to create t at he domaine de l’Astic a small hospitable place for our hosts to stay and enjoy the peace and the tranquility of this large space surrounded by beautiful surroundings. With a capacity to accommodate up to 45 people, we propose a personal welcome away from the masses but at the same time close to many sites of interest to visit.
The valley of the Ardèche is very scenic, in particular a 30km section known as the Ardèche Gorges. The walls of the river here are limestone cliffs up to 300m high. A kayak and camping trip down the gorge is not technically difficult and hugely popular in the summer. The most famous feature is a natural 60m stone arch spanning the river simply known as Pont d'Arc (arch bridge).
Le pont d'Arc est un pont naturel, situé dans le sud de la France en Ardèche, à 5 km de la ville de Vallon-Pont-d'Arc. Le pont a une largeur de 60 m pour une hauteur de 45 m et a été découpé par la rivière Ardèche. C'est un endroit réputé des canoéistes, car ils peuvent passer en dessous et même toucher la roche. Il est surnommé la "porte d'entrée naturelle" des gorges de l'Ardèche.This is one of the most famous natural bridges of the world. Located in the middle of a popular recreational area it is well known, a landmark used for orientation and as a meeting point. Here, at the upper end of the Ardeche gorge, is a campground and the starting point of the boat trips through the valley. The nearby village Vallon was named after the natural bridge, and other things too. There are restaurants, hotels, and camping grounds named Pont d'arc.
The genesis of this natural bridge is rather easy to understand. Originally the plain was drained by a subterranean river in a cave system, right where now the arc is. The cave became bigger and bigger, and because of the close surface the roof collapsed. Most parts of the cave soon formed huge dolines, then poljes with steep walls. The walls were softened by weathering and soon the former cave looked like a nice valley. Only one short part of the cave is still there, the arc itself. It stayed, most likely because the limestone here is a bit harder and thus resists weathering better than the limestone around.