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Discover Joyeuse

from the Hotel and Restaurant Les Cèdres

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During your stay at our hotel, take some time to discover Joyeuse, a charming medieval village at the feet of the Cévennes, said to have been founded by Charlemagne. Capital of the former Duchy of Joyeuse, the old town is a sign of a rich history, with its remnants a solid reminder of its exceptional heritage.Discover Old Joyeuse on a special night-time dramatised tour on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in July and August or at request year-round for groups. This original, friendly show has historical characters emerge from their houses to tell you their history.

Labelled “Ville et Métiers d’Art” (Town of Art and Artisans) for its vibrancy in craftsmanship and artistic creation, the village is also known for its traditional Provençal market on Wednesday morning, the most renowned in all of the Southern Ardèche, as well as two evening markets in summer on Sunday evenings.
At the first weekend of the October half term holiday during the autumn chestnut harvest and related festivals, , the Salon Gourmand et Artisanal lets you discover the skills of the artists, artisans and farmers of the Southern Ardèche.

The historic centre around the castle allows you to dive into the ambiance of the small town at the time of Duke Anne of Joyeuse and the French Wars of Religion. If you love medieval architecture, don’t forget to admire the remnants of the fortifications including the famous “Tour de la Recluse” tower, which today stands as the symbol of the village. In summer, discover Old Joyeuse in an even more novel way on a dramatised visit with actors in period costume, something you’ll want to do at least once.

Another place worth seeing in Joyeuse is the Musée de la Châtaigneraie (Chestnut Museum), which will give you an insight into the tree and its nut that makes for the green and economic lung of this part of the Ardèche. Over 400 m² of exhibition, discover a collection of 500 objects, unique furniture and old tools. If you love swimming or fishing, head to the River Beaume and let the good times flow in Joyeuse.

 

Discovering the Ardèche

Must-see sights amid nature and culture

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Charming villages and remarkable sites

The Southern Ardèche is full of exceptional sites like the Chauvet Cave and the Aven d’Orgnac, as well as picturesque villages like Balazuc and Vogüe, both ranking among the most beautiful villages in France.

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Ruoms

Just 8 km from Vallon Pont d’Arc, this small town surrounded by fortifications is great for lovers of canoeing and swimming. Since 2008, Ruoms has also been the lively and bewitching setting for the Ardèche Aluna Festival.

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Gorges de l’Ardèche and Vallon Pont d’Arc

Fascinatingly beautiful, the Gorges de l’Ardèche are also a great place to discover a great number of activities which can be found most notably at Vallon Pont d’Arc. Right next door, the Pont d’Arc Cave, a replica of the painted Chauvet Cave, offers a unique journey into the past.

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