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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ardèche

Soyons - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ardèche

Proud of its past, the village of Soyons introduces visitors to the historic center with old streets, a few meters from the Rhone, and offers hikers a botanical walk, leaning tower and its view overlooking the valley at about 250 meters altitude.

This is also a journey through time that offers Soyons, revealing in his basement and its massive limestone, imprints left by our ancestors.

Indeed, the village has Soyons exceptional archaeological heritage. The archaeological site of human occupation attested from prehistory to the present day without interruption. The caves and the archaeological museum are the outstanding witnesses. So, have succeeded the Neanderthals, Cro-Magnon people Neolithic and Metal Age and Roman and medieval. The village's name comes from Soïo, the goddess worshiped by a Gallic tribe who made his capital Soyons.

On the site, you discover two prehistoric caves and concretions: the Grotto of Nero and the Fox Hole. The first monument, invites you to a trip into prehistory, while the Fox Hole plunges us into the underground world and provides access to a magnificent network of stalactites and stalagmites.

Located in the heart of the village, the museum labeled "Museum of France" presents the archaeological collections which are mostly the result of excavations carried out in and around Soyons. It traces the life of man from prehistory to the Middle Ages.

Geographical information

Latitude44.8912490 (N 44° 53’ 28”)
Longitude4.8522999 (E 4° 51’ 8”)
AltitudeFrom 104m to 280m
Surface area7.90 km²
Population2080 inhabitants
Density263 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePrivas (32 km, 36 min)
Insee code07316
IntercommunalityCC Rhône Crussol

Nearest cities & towns

Charmes-sur-Rhône4.7 km (10 min)
Toulaud5.1 km (12 min)
Saint-Georges-les-Bains6.9 km (13 min)
Guilherand-Granges6.9 km (12 min)
Valence7.8 km (15 min)
Saint-Péray8.4 km (14 min)
Bourg-lès-Valence9.5 km (19 min)
Cornas10 km (15 min)
Portes-lès-Valence11.4 km (20 min)
Beauchastel11.8 km (19 min)
Saint-Laurent-du-Pape12.4 km (16 min)
La Voulte-sur-Rhône12.8 km (16 min)
Beauvallon13.2 km (19 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Leisure centres


Aerial view of village Soyons
Aerial view of village Soyons
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The Leaning Tower of Soyons
The Leaning Tower of Soyons
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The lônes and banks of the Rhone
The lônes and banks of the Rhone
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Cave Nero family Neanderthal
Cave Nero family Neanderthal
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Cave Soyons: Trou du Renard
Cave Soyons: Trou du Renard
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Museum Soyons: Amphorae
Museum Soyons: Amphorae
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Cave Nero workshop initiation excavations
Cave Nero workshop initiation excavations
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Zoo of Upie, the top park in color!
Entertainment10 € to 14 € Upie (13.9 km)
Chocolate museum and workshop
Local flavours0 € to 3 € Crest (23 km)
Raku pottery and kiln firing lessons
Arts and Crafts30 € Saint-Martin-le-Colonel (36 km)
Hot-air balloon flight in the Ardèche
Nature and the great outdoors169 € to 210 € Annonay (43 km)
Visit to Lussas animal park
Entertainment5 € to 8 € Lussas (44 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Domaine de Lorient
HikeEasy20 minMontéléger (6.1 km)
Towers Trail
HikeEasy1h30Tournon-sur-Rhône (19.7 km)
Saint-Jean Rock
HikeEasy3h00Gluiras (26 km)
Panoramic circuit
Village visitIntermediate4h00Désaignes (29 km)
From Désaignes to Nozières
HikeAthletic7h00Désaignes (29 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals