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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ardèche

Cruas - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ardèche

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.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude44.6569140 (N 44° 39’ 25”)
Longitude4.7652550 (E 4° 45’ 55”)
AltitudeFrom 72m to 480m
Surface area15.45 km²
Population2937 inhabitants
Density190 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePrivas (25 km, 26 min)
Insee code07076
IntercommunalityCC Barres Coiron

Nearest cities & towns

Meysse6.9 km (9 min)
Baix7.1 km (7 min)
Rochemaure9.4 km (11 min)
Le Pouzin12.8 km (14 min)
Ancône13.1 km (15 min)
Saint-Symphorien-sous-Chomérac14.3 km (17 min)
Saint-Martin-sur-Lavezon14.4 km (17 min)
Saint-Vincent-de-Barrès15 km (15 min)
Le Teil15.3 km (17 min)
Montélimar15.6 km (19 min)
Saint-Lager-Bressac15.8 km (17 min)
Chomérac16.2 km (18 min)
Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban17.3 km (18 min)
Savasse18 km (25 min)

Things to see and do

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.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

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.


Cruas abbey and view the medieval site
Cruas abbey and view the medieval site
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Aerial view of the medieval
Aerial view of the medieval
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View André Auclair Museum
View André Auclair Museum
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National Sports
National Sports
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Interior Cruas Abbey
Interior Cruas Abbey
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Tower of the Abbey Cruas
Tower of the Abbey Cruas
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Walls and fortified chapel
Walls and fortified chapel
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Chapel fortified
Chapel fortified
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Friday 9 october
Min. 7°C - Max. 19°C
Saturday 10 october
Min. 7°C - Max. 16°C
Sunday 11 october
Min. 5°C - Max. 14°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

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

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Chocolate museum and workshop
Local flavours0 € to 3 € Crest (22 km)
Zoo of Upie, the top park in color!
Entertainment10 € to 14 € Upie (24 km)
Visit to Lussas animal park
Entertainment5 € to 8 € Lussas (24 km)
Aerocanyon for families in the Ardèche Cévennes
Nature and the great outdoors38 € Labastide-sur-Bésorgues (37 km)
Discover the Ardèche Gorges by canoe
Nature and the great outdoors28 € to 155 € Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (41 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Domaine de Lorient
HikeEasy20 minMontéléger (26 km)
On the trail of the hermit
HikeIntermediate3h00Saint-Montan (27 km)
Saint-Jean Rock
HikeEasy3h00Gluiras (29 km)
Don Rock
HikeEasy3h00Albon-d'Ardèche (32 km)
Panoramic circuit
Village visitIntermediate4h00Désaignes (42 km)


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