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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Soyons
Insee code07316
AltitudeFrom 104 to 280 meters
Surface7.90 km²
Population2049 inhabitants
Density259 inhabitants/km²


Chief townPrivas (at 32 km, 36 min)Toulaud at 2.7 km
DepartmentArdècheCharmes-sur-Rhône at 3 km
RegionRhône-AlpesSearch another town


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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.


  • The archaeological museum and caves Soyons:
  • Located in the heart of the old town, the museum offers visitors a journey through time, from prehistory to the Middle Ages, through the presentation of objects discovered during archaeological excavations in Soyons and surroundings.
  • Accessible through the botanical trail, caves Soyons occupy the eastern side of the Greenhouse Guercy. Recent research have led to major discoveries, including human remains bearing traces of Neanderthal décarnisation a paleontological including bears, hyenas, cave lions ... and networks concretions.
  • Currently two prehistoric caves and concretions are open to the public: The cave of Nero and the Fox Hole.
  • Cave Nero, historical monument, invites us to a journey into prehistory.
  • The Fox Hole provides access to a network of limestone concretions decorated. We then discover the work of seepage that sculpt the subterranean environment and leave him a magical stalagmites, stalactites, draperies, columns ...
  • Opening the archaeological museum and caves: From 1 April to 15 October: Wednesday to Sunday from 14h to 18h. In July and August: every day from 10h to 19h. Last tour of the caves starting 1 hour before closing. Guided tours all year round for groups by appointment (group of 10 persons).
  • Address: Archaeological Museum - Place of the Goddess Soïo - 07130 Soyons.
  • Tel: +33 4 75 60 88 86 - Email:
  • Fee.
  • To get to the Leaning Tower or Soyons caves, take the path Mr. Astier overlooking the city, starting from the south exit of Soyons. Along this path, panels provide information on the surrounding vegetation, we find for example the Lebanon cedar, Aleppo pine, the tree parakeet, buckthorn, wild orchids ... The eye is attracted by the beauty of the natural environment and the magnificent panorama of the Rhone valley and the Vercors.
  • Ardèche Miniatures (Park miniature train): From Mont Gerbier de Jonc the Pont d'Arc, rivers and trains criss 2800m ² of natural scenery: landscapes of Ardèche reproduced in 1/25th scale.
Detailed information
Leisure centresArchaeological Museum of Soyons


  • Labyrinth plant in Toulaud.
  • Villages (Beauchastel, Chalencon).
  • Adventure Park in Aquarock Valley Eyrieux.
  • Bike-rail track on an old railway Tournon.


Aerial view of village SoyonsAerial view of village Soyons
The Leaning Tower of SoyonsThe Leaning Tower of Soyons
The lônes and banks of the RhoneThe lônes and banks of the Rhone
Cave Nero family NeanderthalCave Nero family Neanderthal
Cave Soyons: Trou du RenardCave Soyons: Trou du Renard
Museum Soyons: AmphoraeMuseum Soyons: Amphorae
Cave Nero workshop initiation excavationsCave Nero workshop initiation excavations



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House with 3 bedroomsLa Bastide de la Tour    
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House with 3 bedroomsJosette Jean-Marie Pion    
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Apartment for 10 personsGite au domaine de la poule
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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 23 km from SoyonsFrom 590 € to 890 € per week 

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Ace Hotel Valence - Hotel in SoyonsAce Hotel Valence     
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