The cozy Les Vans transforms its "place Ollier" on Saturday morning into one of the largest "marchés hebdomadaires" in the region.
Wander deep into the "centre médiéval" on this weekly market with more than seven hundred stalls.
A dazzling array of colours and scents makes you instantly feel that you are in "la douce France"
Each Tuesday evening during July and August there is a "marché nocturne".
Stroll round on the "marché de potiers", search for curiosities on a "vide-greniers", play "petanque" in the square or have yourself a ball on one of the many music nights...
That's Les Vans.
The French cuisine is world-renowned and thus also here you can enjoy "la cuisine française" with traditional local produce of the Ardèche.
From delicious salad-bars and pizzerias to exotic, from bistro or brasserie to "haute cuisine".
Something for everyone's taste.
In the vicinity are many "villages de caractère" an official badge of distinction not given without a reason.
These gems, such as Naves, Banne, Balazuc, Thines, Vinézac, Labeaume, Antraigues... are well worth a leisurely visit.
The echo of bygone days lingers on.
Les vans is the most convenient base for a day out to soak up the culture of one of the surrounding large cities. Or simply enjoy the many shopping streets and terraces.
Nîmes, Avignon, Uzès, Orange, Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier... are within an hour's drive to visit.
Get a breath of fresh air and discover a completely different view of this beautiful region on the mountains of the Ardèche. Only half an hour's drive away.
Imagine yourself in a surreal world between the whimsical rock formations of the "Bois de Païolive".
Take delight from the infinite views from on the "Serre de Barre".
Enjoy the unspoilt nature of the "Cévennes" in all its glory.
Seek out the cool refreshment along the banks of the "Chassezac" majestically winding through Les Vans before joining the Ardèche river.
For those in search of a bit of action and adventure during their holiday, they will surely find something to their liking.
There are numerous impressive caves in this region awaiting to be explored.
"Aven d'Orgnac" and "Grotte Chauvet" as the most well known.
Parachuting and paragliding are very popular in the area and are professionally guided and supervised. How about enjoying the region from air by plane or helicopter?
Canoeing is of course the most practiced sporting family activity and ideal to enjoy the magnificent canyons of the Chassezac or Ardèche.
Countless fascinating trails and walking routes in this area have been mapped.
Cross through villages, over hills, along riverbanks...
for the experienced hiker or for the passant of the moment.
We may add to the endless list,
horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, quad riding, paintball ...
In short, both for the quiet peaceful enjoyer, the active sports fanatic, as well as for the culture lover ... this idyllic place has something to offer for everyone.