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And in bad weather?

Waiting for the sun to return

To be able to contemplate a rainbow, you must first endure the rain!
Who said you can't enjoy without the sun? Here are some ideas for covered or sheltered activities to do in bad weather between Gard and Ardèche. First of all at Natura Lodge, you can play and read in our common room with its board games and books for adults and children. In the village of Barjac, you will find a library (€10 membership per family, resident or on vacation) and a bookstore run by a real bookseller. You can also enjoy a cinema screening in a beautiful vaulted room at the Château de Barjac or a little further away, at the CinéPlanet in Alès, an 8-screen multiplex.

The "Escape Games"

In the vicinity of our atypical accommodation between the Gard and the Ardèche, we recommend several escape games that will work the brains, young and old:

  • The South Ardèche Escape Game between Vallon Pont d'Arc and Ruoms
  • Alès Horror Story in the city of Alès, accessible from 12 years old
  • Blue TV Escape Game in Garrons: choose a mission to discover the city of Nîmes

Alès Witness Mine: descend, see and understand

On the heights of the Rochebelle district, this mine-school created in 1945 to train apprentice miners is a key element of the Alesian identity and its coal history. But it is also one of the major tourist assets of the city. The Witness Mine d 'Alès has 700 meters of galleries, the largest natural network that can be visited in France.

A unique mining work of art in France, the Mine Testimony of Alès offers you a real journey to the bottom of mine.

At the foot of the headframe, opens the "cage" which invites you to dive into the impressive universe of the "black mouths". Commented from start to finish, the 700 meters of galleries offer you a striking retrospective of mining history from 1880 to the present day.

A real approach to the world of mining that transports you to the daily life of miners in the past!

The artisanal nougaterie of Fumades

Come visit and immerse yourself in a world of delicacies and pleasure for the senses! Scents of toasted almonds, honey, caramel and pistachios fill this factory-chic space. Discover the secrets of the artisanal manufacture of these exceptional nougats with multiple flavors. And if you are lucky, you will attend the pouring of the nougat and have the privilege of tasting the hot nougat when it comes out of cooking!

The Thermes des Fumades

After major renovation work, the Thermes des Fumades (19 km from Barjac) will reopen in April 2024!

This resort on a human scale nestled in the heart of a natural site with trees will satisfy adults and children alike.
The thermal water of FUMADES is loaded with Hydrogen Sulfur (H2S) which is the form of sulfur most assimilable by the body.

- Therapeutically oriented thermal Cures - Thermoludic Well-being Area with Spa, Hammam, Sauna, Flotarium and 200m² fun pool (bubble benches, running rivers, waterfalls...)

GOOD DEAL: 15% discount on the rental of our gîtesfor spa guests(except July and August)!

The Lavender Museum in Saint-Remèze

Go on a wonderful journey of colors and scents! In this Lavender Museum, you will attend the extraction of lavender essential oil and discover its many virtues by witnessing the magical transformation of a lavender flower by an artisanal distillation. You will leave this museum with the secrets of a whole alchemy!

The Ardèche Museum in Balazuc

Immerse yourself in the heart of a wonderful journey spanning 550 million years to the Muséum de l'Ardèche to discover paleontology and natural sciences. More than 600 authentic fossils are on display there. Guided tours are offered every day at fixed times. Many activities are also offered: fossil extraction, excavation workshops, dinosaur casts, etc. something to delight young and old!

Urban Parc in Alès

Discover an old factory transformed into an Indoor Leisure Park of 1000 m² in the city center of Alès (5 minutes walk from the CinéPlanet). An unmissable place where board sports (skateboarding, rollerblading, scooter, bmx ...), urban tree climbing, giant trampoline and street art mix!

The Desert Museum in Mialet

At the heart of a Cévennes hamlet and its typical alleys, in the birthplace of Camisard chef Rolland, with authentic pieces and documents, the Desert Museum brings the history of the Camisards back to life. Guided tour of 1h15 without supplement and depending on the availability of guides (reservation recommended) or free visit with explanatory leaflet.

The Carrières de Lumières in Baux-de-Provence

In this magnificent "listed natural site" a permanent show takes place throughout the year. A giant magical projection of slides on the immaculate limestone walls of the high rooms and the pillars of the Val d'Enfer quarries, serving as a three-dimensional screen, and during which the viewer is immersed in a visual and musical universe, whose theme differs every year. Personally, we love the Carrières de Lumières .

The Ardèche train in Tournon

Go to Tournon to take the Ardèche Train in the Gorges du Doux. You will board a vintage steam locomotive for a timeless ride, with the added bonus of comments and explanations on the history of the train. The visit, which lasts approximately 3h30 / 4h, is offered from June to September.