Saint Remeze is a town of about 1000 inhabitants, in the Ardeche region. It is a rural region of southern France, and if Saint Remeze is a tourist town it is because it is a natural park 15 kilometers from the gorges of Ardeche River. You can stay in the village, which has many nice places. The town has a small church, a castle, and also a museum about the culture of lavender. At the museum, you can buy lavender-based products such as perfumes and pouches to put in the closet so your clothes have a nice lavender scent. There are no supermarkets, but you can find a bakery and a post office. Furthermore, you can find multiple opportunities for walking and cycling. It's a good atmosphere where they grow grapes and lavender and fruit trees. And be sure to take in the beautiful landscapes.
The Lavender Museum is next to the town of Vallon Pont d'Arc, in the gorges of Ardeche. It is an interesting place to learn about this plant. They take you on a journey explaining to you where it grows, and how the southern French Lavender is different. There are two types of lavender, one has a better fragrance than the other. They are used to make perfumes. Is to leave Saint Remeze towards Vallon Pont d'Arc. You can only arrive by car or by bike. It is an old traditional house around which there are fields of lavender. It is beautiful in spring before harvest because the fields become completely blue. To enter, adults pay 6 euros, and the price is 3 euros for children up to 14 years. If you would like to enjoy the plants and trees of the region, you can go for a stroll along the lovely botanical trail.
The tourist information office in Bourg Saint Andeol is in the centre of the town, on the main square near the Doña Vierna fountain. It is a small office, but they have lots of information about the people and the Ardeche region. They have maps which indicate points of interest and these include the town hall, the marble fountain of Doña Vierna, and also the Vallon de Tourne. This is a picturesque place with three major water reservoirs, two of which are typical of the Vaucluse region, with Roman style sculptures which are not common in France. The tourist office also has updates on the Ardeche river which can keep you informed of good times to visit the nature reserve which is 20 kilometres from Bourg Saint Andeol. They also have a list of hotels, holiday cottages and campsites in the region and depending on your requirements and budget the staff are available to help you find the perfect place to stay.
The monumental fountain Vierna Dona is the emblem of the town of Bourg Saint Andéol. It's a Carrara marble statue, representing the personage so loved by the people of Dona Vierna of Balazuc, because it gave the city Laoul forest. Thanks to money from forest exploitation, Bourg Saint Andéol was one of the first towns in France to get the electrical and safe drinking water in all its streets. To celebrate this event, the fountain was built in the modern city center, between the station and the old walls. The fountain was made by Bourg Saint Andéol, and he built it based on inspiration by Delorme. The fountain has three sides, each representing a different feature. They represent source, vegetation and fauna.
Bourg Saint Andeol is a small village near Pierrelate in the southern Ardeche region. It is on your way if you want to visit the natural park of the gorges of Ardeche. The city is built along the river Rhone, and has a historic centre that was walled in the past. The streets are pedestrianised, some very narrow to preserve coolness. There are low houses with red tile roofs and pastel facades. It's a nice place, 20 kilometres from the town of Vallon Pont d'Arc where you can take part in activities related to the Ardeche and the natural park. In Bourg Saint Andeol there are some hotels, cottages, and campsites. The tourist office is on the Dona Vierna square, which is very easy to find and will give you all the necessary information. The neighbouring village of Saint Remeze is also very nice.
Ardeche Bateau Yacht Club is the site of the Rouviere, in the village of Vallon Pont d'Arc. You can take excursions to Ardeche river kayak. You can choose from Three runs of 7, 24 and 32 kilometers. You can do the 32 kilometers in 2 days, while camping by the river in a quiet spot. It costs 25 euros per person to make the journey of 24 kilometers, but beware, if you want to get off before because you're tired or the conditions are bad, you'll pay another 10 euros to bring your kayak back. People who do this need to have a medium physical level becuause you may hit high, windy or bad weather, the currents can be strong. For us it was actually too difficult, so we had to leave. You have to pay 6 euros in addition to rent the wetsuit but this is not needed in the summertime. In the spring you do need the wetsuit as the water is very cold!