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Pont d'Arc - Ardèche, France

Pont d'Arc
Limited Parking Lots


arrive at the mouth of Pont d'Arc




Pont-d'Arc is the site of a natural rock bridge arched over the Ardèche river near the upper end of the Ardèche Gorges. This site is very picturesque.

The stretch of road and river between Pont-d'Arc and the nearby town of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc 4.5 km is lined with campsites, canoe and boat rental places, river-boating tour sites, food stands and other amenities for tourists.
The parking area for the Pont-d'Arc lookout is very limited, but people come and go fairly rapidly so a bit of patience can be useful. From the lookout point, it's a short drive (towards Vallon-Pont-d'Arc) to the rental places where you can park and walk down to the river.
The arch, carved out by the Ardèche River, is 60 m wide and 54 m high. It is a very popular canoeing and kayaking area and is heavily visited by tourists in the summer. It is usually described as the natural entrance to the Ardèche Canyon.
In the near vicinity of the arch is the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, containing the earliest known paleolithic cave paintings, about 30,000 years old.

Pictures by MSW
Pont d'Arc - Ardèche, France Reviewed by Ah Wee on 1:54 AM Rating: 5

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