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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Cruas
Insee code07076
AltitudeFrom 72 to 480 meters
Surface15.45 km²
Population2868 inhabitants
Density185 inhabitants/km²


National labelMeysse at 6.9 km (9 min)
Chief townPrivas (at 25 km, 26 min)Baix at 7.1 km (7 min)
DepartmentArdècheRochemaure at 9.4 km (11 min)
RegionRhône-AlpesSearch another town


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Between the Rhone and the Cevennes, along the old Roman road which remain six milestones, has established the Abbey Cruas. Built into the hills, the old fortified village, crowned by the castle keep abbey dominates a Romanesque church of the eleventh-twelfth century, whose crypt contains a''fabulous''bestiary. Prosper Mérimée in 1847 made her rank. A mosaic in the apse commemorates the passing of Pope Urban the second in 1095. The capitals of a magnificent forum monastic mid-12th century keep all the delicacy of their sculpture.

The Roman road, the highway became''the Languedoc is now called''the main road 86. Dotted with historical sites, it takes you to Cruas. The men carved white stone to build the village and its monuments, and many buildings in neighboring towns Meysse, Rochemaure, Baix and St. Vincent de Barres.

Today the manufacture of lime and cement continues on the outskirts of the city. A room of the museum recalls the story among other exhibitions at the Centre Auclair.

The climate in southern already made a pleasant place to stay. The municipalities of the Community of Communes-Barres Coiron abound yet many other treasures.


The Romanesque abbey of Cruas: capitals, mosaics, the crypt ... The building can be visited all year, check with the Tourist Office Cruas.

The old walled town and the chapel. Free tour in July and August.

Auclair Center: Three-story museum André Auclair: 1st floor, temporary exhibitions, 2nd floor, small museum of lime and cement on the top floor, sports museum (there are only two in France that of the Parc des Princes in Paris and that of Cruas). In the adjacent park, children Appecia leisure facilities.

Free tour of the factory Lafarge, one in July and August, check with the Tourist Office Cruas.

On the Rhone, means of communication millennium, the marina can practice water sports. Lakes fish, a heated swimming pool complement the water fun.

Barres of the forest, which extends its centenary hectares limits Cruas, beech retains exceptional at this altitude and latitude. Close to large areas of scrubland and pine crossed by a hiking trail, you can also mountain biking and horseback riding. Two short straps connecting it to Cruas.

Detailed information
Information pointsTourist Office of Cruas
MonumentsAbbey Sainte-Marie,   Castle of Cruas


Medieval Festival of Cruas, each year the second weekend of September. Intervention troops medieval camp life, camp of the builders of the Middle Ages ... Medieval market around the abbey and the medieval site during the two days. Free tours of the heritage of Cruas. For more information, contact the Tourist Office in Cruas +33 4 75 49 59 20.

Many events throughout the year.


Neighboring towns: Meysse (baptistry being restored), Rochemaure (visit the village and the castle), Baix, St. Vincent de Barres (certified village of character).

Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Chocolate museum and workshopCraftFrom 0 € to 3 €Crest (22 km)
Visit to Lussas animal parkCulture and education7 €Lussas (24 km)

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Cruas abbey and view the medieval siteCruas abbey and view the medieval site
Aerial view of the medievalAerial view of the medieval
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National SportsNational Sports
Interior Cruas AbbeyInterior Cruas Abbey
Tower of the Abbey CruasTower of the Abbey Cruas
Walls and fortified chapelWalls and fortified chapel
Chapel fortifiedChapel fortified


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Sunday 1 February
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Monday 2 February
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Tuesday 3 February
Min. -13°C - Max. -3°C


French cuisine restaurantLe Prieuré  
SMALL & LARGE FLAT PROVENCAL - In this stone house facing the old abbey town of St Marcel the Sauzet, a charming little village in the heart of the Drôme Provençale, the Le Prieuré...
Located 6.8 km from Cruas36 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantL'Atelier  
The workshop is located in the small village of Marsanne, a few miles from Montelimar, in a trendy and friendly. Come and enjoy a cuisine with flavors and recipes, with some dishes...
Located 8.7 km from Cruas23 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Printemps  
French cuisine restaurant - ...
Located 10.3 km from Cruas34 € per person 

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Mas with 4 bedroomsLe moulinage    
4 charming guest room and 2 gites (4 and 8 people) are in an old Mill. For people in guest room: summer kitchen full equiped (oven, hotplates, fridge ans micro-wave). On place: heated...
Located 5.3 km from CruasFrom 70 € to 115 € the double room 
House with 4 bedroomsLa Mirande - Luxury B&B Suites & Cottage  
Luxury B&B, Table d'Hote and Self Catering Cottage. ---------------commanding dramatic views over the Rhone Valley to the French Alps, La Mirande sits in perfect isolation on a plateau...
Located 11.3 km from CruasFrom 60 € to 130 € the double room 
Castle with 6 bedroomsLe Castel du Mont Boisé    
The Castel du Mont Boisé is an small old castle surrounded by a large park which isolates it from its neighbors and has a swimming pool open from May 15 to October 30. There is as well...
Located 11.8 km from CruasFrom 90 € to 155 € the double room 

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House for 4 personsGites Le Beylier  
The county Drôme is one of the most beautiful regions of France. In this place you can find our four cottages, surrounded by forests and meadows. Our village, Grâne, is situated approx....
Located 10.8 km from CruasFrom 590 € to 890 € per week 
Apartment for 4 personsLes 3 Sources
In a protected nature which looks like no other one, Three Sources(Springs) a charming hotel, proposes as well individual rents as apartments of holidays.
Located 11.7 km from Cruas700 € per week 
Yurt for 6 personsSci la caloudad   NEW
Gite 4/6 independent people, 2 bedrooms : 1 bed 2 pl. 2 beds 1 pl. 1 sofa bz, tv, dvd player, wifi, l. Machine, L.vaisselle, frig., Freezer. Italian and separate toilet shower, patio...
Located 14.3 km from CruasFrom 460 € to 660 € per week 

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30 places over 1 haCamping floral    
Welcome camping Floral, near Montelimar and open all year. It is a perfect stop on your route or starting point for visiting the hilltop villages, make walks in the midst of lavender...
Located 2.1 km from Cruas17 € per day 
112 places over 4 haMas de Champel     NEW
Les Ollières-sur-Eyrieux
Welcome to Mas de Champel. Family Camping 4 * in Ardèche on the edge of the river Eyrieux and Dolce via in the Eyrieux valley, pool, private sandy beach on the river, restaurant bar,...
Located 20 km from CruasFrom 14.50 € to 25.40 € per day 
12 places over 1 haLe Bardou   
Located on the edge of the village of St Germain in the heart of the vineyard Ardèche, you will appreciate its nature, quiet. To access must be achieved by the N102 from: Le Puy or...
Located 28 km from CruasFrom 16 € to 18 € per day 

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La Bolée Provençale - Hotel in CruasLa Bolée Provençale    
La Coucourde
Located on the edge of the river Rhône, 10 km from Montélimar, La Bolée Provençale offers a traditional restaurant and a terrace. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a flat-screen...
Located 1.7 km from CruasRoom from 35 €
ibis Montélimar Nord - Hotel in Cruasibis Montélimar Nord     
Les Tourrettes
Located in Saulce-sur-Rhône, just a 15-minute drive from Montélimar, ibis Montélimar Nord offers a seasonal, outdoor swimming pool, a garden and terrace. Valence is a 25-minute drive...
Located 2.5 km from CruasRoom from 45 €
Première Classe Montélimar Les Tourrettes - Hotel in CruasPremière Classe Montélimar Les Tourrettes    
Les Tourrettes
Located 500 metres from the A7 Motorway, this Première Classe offers en suite rooms, free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and free private parking. Montélimar is a 20-minute drive...
Located 2.5 km from CruasRoom from 38 €

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Auberge de Banne
Located in the Cévennes National Park in Banne village, Auberge de Banne is only 200 metres from Banne’s castle and 7 km from Païolive Wood. It proposes...
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