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.