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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ardèche

Village in the center of Val d'Ay, it is divided into three parts: the village with its church, Prapérier with its shops, then the site of Our Lady of Ay with its chapel and castle on a rock overlooking the river Ay, dungeon and Gallo-Roman ramparts.

Geographical information

Latitude45.1669950 (N 45° 10’ 1”)
Longitude4.6659430 (E 4° 39’ 57”)
AltitudeFrom 315m to 586m
Surface area9.36 km²
Population1097 inhabitants
Density117 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePrivas (87 km, 1h20)
Insee code07292
IntercommunalityCC du Val d'Ay
RegionRhône Valley

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Alban-d'Ay3.8 km (6 min)
Quintenas5 km (7 min)
Satillieu5.3 km (10 min)
Saint-Jeure-d'Ay6.3 km (11 min)
Ardoix6.4 km (9 min)
Préaux6.6 km (12 min)
Eclassan11.7 km (18 min)
Saint-Symphorien-de-Mahun12 km (20 min)
Roiffieux12.2 km (17 min)
Cheminas12.2 km (19 min)
Annonay12.4 km (17 min)
Vaudevant13.4 km (21 min)
Saint-Victor13.6 km (19 min)

Things to see and do

Noteworthy points:

Shrine of Our Lady of Ay (Black Madonna and Child 17th century statue of oak Historic Monument).

Château d'Ay, dungeon and Gallo-Roman ramparts.

Events and festivities

Saint-Romain party in the square of the hall, late June.

Vogue conscripts in place of the market in early July.

Musical walks: the great duets of chamber music at Our Lady of Ay in August.

Christmas market in the square of the market in December.

Crib Exhibition at Our Lady of Ay in December and early January.

Exhibitions Our Lady of Ay.

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Not far from Saint-Romain-d'Ay are beautiful sites such as:

The Basilica of Lalouvesc.

The Romanesque church of the 12th century Veyrines in Saint-Symphorien-de-Mahun.

The Shirat Blanc in Saint-Symphorien-de-Mahun.

The fortified church Quintenas.

Lake Saint-Meinettes Jeure-d'Ay, fishing is allowed.

The church of Saint-Pierre-sur-Doux and beautiful coffered ceiling.

The miniature village Pailharès.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Hot-air balloon flight in the Ardèche
Nature and the great outdoors169 € to 210 € Annonay (9.8 km)
Trapper evening in a Finnish cabin
Entertainment8 € Lapte (29 km)
Segway trip
Entertainment30 € Tence (31 km)
Guided tour of a Clog-maker’s Studio
Arts and Crafts5 € to 8 € Mazet-Saint-Voy (36 km)
Upie Zoo, the colourful park!
Entertainment10 € to 14 € Upie (47 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Towers Trail
HikeEasy1h30Tournon-sur-Rhône (17.1 km)
Panoramic circuit
Village visitIntermediate4h00Désaignes (22 km)
From Désaignes to Nozières
HikeAthletic7h00Désaignes (22 km)
The Vineyards
HikeEasy1h30Désaignes (22 km)
Walk around Devesset Lake
HikeEasy1h30Devesset (24 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals