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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ardèche

Meyras - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ardèche

Village character, midway between the Ardeche Mountains and Gorges of the Ardèche, Aubenas 15 kilometers from the RN 102 towards Le Puy and the heart of Parc Naturel Régional des Monts d'Ardèche Meyras, offers, in a calm and relaxing, a real cure of nature. You will find the streets and alleys of Meyras twelve scenes painted trompe l'oeil, depicting village life in the 1920s.

To guide you in your journey, the panels are installed in some streets, but you can buy the accompanying documents, from the Tourist Office or the Office of Animation.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude44.6810370 (N 44° 40’ 52”)
Longitude4.2671760 (E 4° 16’ 2”)
AltitudeFrom 298m to 880m
Surface area12.31 km²
Population979 inhabitants
Density79 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePrivas (28 mi, 48 min)
Insee code07156
IntercommunalityCC Ardèche des Sources et Volcans

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Pierre-de-Colombier2.5 mi (7 min)
Pont-de-Labeaume2.7 mi (7 min)
Chirols3.5 mi (11 min)
Thueyts3.9 mi (9 min)
Montpezat-sous-Bauzon4.2 mi (9 min)
Jaujac4.7 mi (12 min)
Lalevade-d'Ardèche5.2 mi (12 min)
Burzet5.7 mi (12 min)
Fabras5.8 mi (13 min)
Saint-Cirgues-de-Prades6 mi (16 min)
Juvinas6.5 mi (19 min)
Barnas6.5 mi (13 min)
Prades6.9 mi (16 min)
Labastide-sur-Bésorgues8.3 mi (23 min)
La Souche8.4 mi (19 min)

Things to see and do

The Romans founded the baths, the Middle Ages built its castles, geology and volcanism have carved great landscapes.

Meyras, medieval village, also allows you to appreciate its historical and architectural heritage: Romanesque church Saint Etienne (bell tower of the twelfth century), castles of Ventadour (possibility to visit in July and August) and Hautségure (private), rue Grande (Renaissance period with beautiful stone buildings...).

At the end of the Grand Rue, facing the parking of the Alambic (North of the village), former mule carrier and its dovecote.

Heart to the place: parking Champs de Mars, take the Grand Rue and 30 m from the multi-service right side. During the wars of religion (sixteenth century), it was simple to know which religion belonged to his neighbor! Heart in place: Catholic, Heart upside down: Protestant!

The "Mofette", resurgence of carbon dioxide, is located on the spa site of Neyrac-les-Bains, specializing in the treatment of skin diseases and rheumatism.

In the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Monts d'Ardèche, this territory offers a remarkable biodiversity of more than 1400 listed plant species.

The castle of Ventadour (12th century) stands at an altitude of 373 m, at the intersection of two valleys, La Fontaulière and Ardèche, a sentry guarding the entrance to the commune of Meyras. Until the Revolution, the castle was called Meyras castle from the name of the village located two kilometers away. The name of Ventadour is much more recent. It appears in the texts after the revolution and has for origin the name of the family, undoubtedly the most powerful to which the castle belonged: The Ventadour, dukes and Pairs of France, probably the last owners of the castle to have resided there. Guided tours in July-August-September and October every day from 9h to 12h and 14h to 19h except Saturday morning and Sunday morning.

The association "In search of discovery" invites you to discover the village of character of Meyras. A country animator "Dédé l'Ardéchois" will guide you on the course of "frescoes" and will open, for you, the drawers of his cabinet with stories. It will take you on a stroll out of the ordinary in the most authentic neighborhoods of the medieval village. From the Saint Etienne church to the washhouse, another way to immerse yourself in the soft, mysterious atmosphere of Meyras, at sunset... Every Monday in July and August, meet at 8:30 pm in front of the church door.

Do not miss to visit the "Small museum in Dédé" which tells the story of the railway in southern Ardèche. Free entry.

Places of interest

Information points


The castle of Meyras took the name of Ventadour in the nineteenth century
The castle of Meyras took the name of Ventadour in the nineteenth century
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Meyras, medieval village
Meyras, medieval village
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Castle of Ventadour
Castle of Ventadour
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Meyras, village of character
Meyras, village of character
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Small museum in Dédé
Small museum in Dédé
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Dédé l'Ardéchois, country animator
Dédé l'Ardéchois, country animator
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Ventadour by its Northwest face - Visits in July, August, September and Easter school holidays
Ventadour by its Northwest face - Visits in July, August, September and Easter school holidays
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Ventadour by its South face, with the restitution of wooden hoardings...
Ventadour by its South face, with the restitution of wooden hoardings...
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The castle of Meyras, known as Ventadour, has been restored for 50 years by young volunteers
The castle of Meyras, known as Ventadour, has been restored for 50 years by young volunteers
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Saturday 17 november
Min. 5°C - Max. 9°C
Sunday 18 november
Min. 1°C - Max. 11°C
Monday 19 november
Min. -1°C - Max. 9°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Ecomuseum Spinning at Chirols: In a site characteristic of the early 19th century, basically a large shady park along the Fontaulière, come walk in the new museum, completely renovated, the Living Museum of Spinning. In the cool of the "factory", a scenic course presents the skill of throwing. For over three centuries, this industry, nestled in the valleys, made the Ardèche a major industrial departments of France. Models, multimedia, documentary film, frescoes visual environments and highlighted participate in a discovery fun and educational for all audiences. Open from April to November every day except Tuesdays from 14h to 19h.

"On my way an artist goes," Art and Nature Trail to Jaujac.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canyoning or via ferrata in Ardèche
Sports sensations39 € to 45 € Sanilhac (10 mi)
Visit to Lussas animal park
Entertainment6 € to 9 € Lussas (11.4 mi)
Show at the farm theatre
Entertainment12 € Lablachère (15.8 mi)
Horse ride in Païolive wood
Sports sensations20 € Berrias-et-Casteljau (19.9 mi)
Canoe kayak on the Ardèche
Sports sensations13 € Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (20 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
HikeIntermediate3h00Montpezat-sous-Bauzon (3.6 mi)
Upper Blajoux Valley
HikeEasy1h30Sanilhac (10.8 mi)
Don Rock
HikeEasy3h00Albon-d'Ardèche (12.5 mi)
Basilica of Our Lady (Notre-Dame) and megalithic bridge
Village visitEasy1h15Lablachère (15.3 mi)
Winemaker's Trail
HikeEasy2h30Lablachère (15.5 mi)


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