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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ardèche

Banne - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ardèche

Between sandstone and limestone, Banne is a small village in southern Ardèche, nestled at the foot of the foothills of the Cevennes. Located in the canton of Vans, the Celtic origin of the name "top needle" perfectly describes this picturesque village labeled "village character".

The municipality consists of fifteen hamlets. The village center is divided into two districts, the Fort and that of the church whose spire eye-catcher from the plain, guiding the traveler.

Castle: The oldest part of the Fort dates back to the 12th century. It is a maze of cobbled streets and staircases passing under the arches of brownstones. At its peak, the castle of which only the stables, the horseshoe entrance and the square tower that dominated. Ovens kitchens have been updated. In the 16th century Renaissance castle was built, but the result of a conspiracy against revolutionary, it was burned and destroyed in 1792. Stones recovered then be found in many buildings in the area. The orientation table, located at the end of the terrace, one of the most beautiful views of the entire southern Ardèche offers to you. Instead, in the shade of the plane trees and chestnut trees, invites to break around the fountain.

Banne is the starting point for many walks. Side nature of the Combres Banne (extension Païolive wood) are rock maze formed by the dissolution of limestone by rainwater and Granzon, river surprising to discover. Side heritage, the history of coal mining has left traces, including the viaduct Doulovy, 235 meters long - and hamlets of the village are also very rich in vestiges (accols, dolmens, views ...).

Throughout the year, Banne hosts numerous cultural events (concerts, theater, exhibitions of paintings and sculptures ...) are organized, particularly in the former stables of the castle.

Geographical information

Latitude44.3644860 (N 44° 21’ 52”)
Longitude4.1556650 (E 4° 9’ 20”)
AltitudeFrom 133m to 481m
Surface area32.68 km²
Population679 inhabitants
Density20 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePrivas (71 km, 1:16)
Insee code07024
IntercommunalityCC Pays des Vans en Cévennes

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Paul-le-Jeune3.1 km (5 min)
Berrias-et-Casteljau6.3 km (10 min)
Chassagnes8.7 km (13 min)
Courry8.9 km (13 min)
Beaulieu10.1 km (14 min)
Gagnières10.4 km (16 min)
Saint-André-de-Cruzières10.6 km (14 min)
Les Vans11.5 km (16 min)
Casteljau11.9 km (20 min)
Chandolas12.1 km (15 min)
Saint-Brès12.2 km (14 min)
Chambonas12.9 km (19 min)
Les Assions13.1 km (19 min)
Saint-Sauveur-de-Cruzières14.2 km (20 min)

Things to see and do

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The former castrum and its cobbled streets, now called the Fort area.

The castle is accessible all year round, with its stables and panoramic views of the southern Ardèche.

The neo-Gothic church.

The viaduct Doulovy, witness of the past mining Banne.

Geological fault: between sandstone and limestone.

The many trails that offer discovery hamlets and stunning scenery.

Places of interest


Events and festivities

Singular Art Festival at the Ascension and the third weekend of July.

Mid-June, the passage of cycling Ardéchoise.

In July and August, Monday evening, night markets creators instead of the Fort.

End of July festival with theater companies Avignon Off.

First weekend of August, the village festival.

In early September, the feast of Lauze.


The village
The village
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The village
The village
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The village
The village
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Fort District
Fort District
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The town hall
The town hall
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The monument to the dead
The monument to the dead
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St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
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St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
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St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
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St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
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Tuesday 5 december
Min. 1°C - Max. 10°C
Wednesday 6 december
Min. 0°C - Max. 9°C
Thursday 7 december
Min. -2°C - Max. 6°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Via Corda trail at the Jardin d'Endieu - Beginner level - Ardèche
Sports sensations49 € Berrias-et-Casteljau (4.6 km)
Canoe kayak ride down the Chassezac
Sports sensations16 € Chassagnes (4.9 km)
Horse ride in Païolive wood
Sports sensations10 € to 42 € Berrias-et-Casteljau (5.3 km)
Canyoning in the Chassezac Gorges
Sports sensations35 € Casteljau (5.9 km)
Canyoning in Ardèche
Sports sensations45 € Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (17.7 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Corniche Casteljau
HikeEasy1:30Casteljau (3.8 km)
Mine au Bois Dormant Path
HikeIntermediate3:00Robiac-Rochessadoule (10.4 km)
The lost trails
HikeIntermediate5:00Bonnevaux (10.5 km)
Winemaker's Trail
HikeEasy2:30Lablachère (11.7 km)
Basilica of Our Lady (Notre-Dame) and megalithic bridge
Village visitEasy1:15Lablachère (11.9 km)


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