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The Chauvet Cave 2

Located in Vallon Pont d'Arc, 20 km from the Natura Lodge, the replica of the Grotte Chauvet, initially called "Cavern decorated with Pont d'Arc" then renamed in 2019 "Grotte Chauvet 2", opened its doors in April 2015: it is to date the largest restitution site in the world!

Discovered on December 18, 1994, this Palaeolithic decorated cave contains 420 representations of animals. The interest is such that the cave and its surroundings have been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its state of conservation and its strong archaeological interest have required its protection since its discovery and that is why it will never be open to the public. It is therefore its superb replica that you will visit! In order to avoid queues or being turned away on arrival, we strongly advise you to book your tickets online.

The Aven d'Orgnac chasm - Orgnac l'Aven

Just 10 minutes from Barjac, take a guided tour of l'Aven d'Orgnac and dive underground (up to -120m) in the middle of concretions of remarkable profusion and diversity, between gigantism and extreme finesse. The ascent is made by an elevator.

Then on a free or guided visit, "change era" at the City of Prehistory to discover 350,000 years of treasures, from the ancient Paleolithic to the first Gauls!

During the school holidays, many prehistoric workshops are also offered: spear shooting hunting with a propellant, the secrets of fire and the cutting of flint!

The Eschaton-Foundation Anselm Kiefer - Barjac

2022: unprecedented opening of the La Ribaute estate in Barjac, the former workshop of Anselm Kiefer 20 minutes on foot or 5 minutes by car from Natura Lodge!

Acquired by the Eschaton-Fondation Anselm Kiefer, following a donation from the artist in December 2020, the former studio-residence of the Domaine de La Ribaute reveals to the public the full extent and complexity of the process creative of this accomplished genius.

A former silk spinning mill in the 19th century, the estate has taken its ease and has grown considerably following the artist's development projects, to date approaching the 40 hectares of installation.
Within it, 80 artistic spaces emerge, from the gigantic four-storey concrete amphitheater to the underground networks of crypts, tunnels, and other artificial ponds, not to mention the multitude of paintings and in situ sculptures.

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The Salamander Cave - Méjannes-Le-Clap

The Cave of the Salamander is a huge cavity adorned with "Crystal Giants", stalagmites titanic set in color and sound. It is accessible to everyone, including people with reduced mobility. Guided tours, Grand Recall, Behind the scenes or Belvédère, but also Aéroplume, Concerts and Events will be on the program. You benefit from a 10% discount at the cash desk with the password "Natura Lodge".

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Aven Forest Cave - Orgnac l'Aven

With only 55 steps and a secure and signposted path, the Aven de la Forestière is the easiest cave in Ardèche, which can be visited without a guide! Equipped with headlamps provided to every visitor aged 0-108, their visit does not require a reservation. A natural and revitalizing place where you will also find an ecological and shaded mini-golf course and areas for games and relaxation.

Gard's Bridge

The Pont du Gard is a three-level Roman aqueduct bridge, located between Uzès and Nîmes, 40 minutes from Barjac, in the Gard department. The visit is free for under 18s. This monument is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will discover its museum and its remains during a walk in the heart of nature!

The Arena of Nîmes

The arenas of Nîmes are a Roman amphitheater built towards the end of the 1st century. It is arguably the best-preserved amphitheater in the world.

The Musée de la Romanité opened in 2018. Located just opposite the Amphitheater, this museum archaeological presents the city's collections which come to life thanks to 65 multimedia devices and audiovisual technologies. Free entry the first Sunday of each month.

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The castles

Château des Roure: travel back to the time of knights and silk in Labastide de Virac (10 minutes from Barjac)! Follow in the footsteps of the knights and inhabitants of the Château des Roure, go back to the time of the wars of religion, access the keep and the ramparts, observe the largest trebuchet in the world, discover the breeding of silkworms and enter the dungeons of the castle.

Château de Vogüe: it is located on the banks of the Ardèche, 35 minutes from Barjac. Its visit will lead you to discover its interiors such as the dungeon, the chapel or the Salle des Etats de Vivarais. From the hanging garden, known as the "marquise's garden", you will have a splendid view of the village and the Ardèche mountains. Get ready for an original and offbeat visit!

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The Charterhouse of Valbonne

In St Paulet de Caisson (30 minutes from Barjac), in the heart of a 1500 ha forest listed among the most beautiful in France, the Chartreuse de Valbonne was rebuilt by the Carthusians in the 17th and 18th centuries on the site of a Benedictine monastery. From the conventual church to the chapel of relics, from the small to the large cloister then through an old monk's cell, you will imagine what life was like in the Carthusian monks in this universe of silence and solitude ...

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