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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ardèche

Préaux is a small town of about 660 inhabitants, situated at the foot of the mountain Seray.

The village is huddled around its majestic church steeple reaches. During your break in the town, you will be charmed by its old stone streets and walls, its old houses steeped in history but very much alive today and in the heat of meetings ...

Let us guide you to enchanting places of green landscapes, meadows, streams and terraces, in a natural environment ... There will delight families and lovers of the great outdoors.

The history goes back to Préaux Celts and Roman civilization. Formerly called Pradella (document 1040), Préaux is an attractive village which has preserved beautiful relics of the past, carved lintels, sign shoemaker, cross plague ... discover strolling through its streets.

Geographical information

Latitude45.1416260 (N 45° 8’ 30”)
Longitude4.6633410 (E 4° 39’ 48”)
AltitudeFrom 353m to 980m
Surface area22.33 km²
Population677 inhabitants
Density30 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePrivas (87 km, 1h19)
Insee code07185
IntercommunalityCC du Val d'Ay

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Romain-d'Ay6.6 km (12 min)
Saint-Jeure-d'Ay6.8 km (12 min)
Vaudevant6.8 km (10 min)
Quintenas7.6 km (10 min)
Ardoix9 km (13 min)
Satillieu9.1 km (15 min)
Saint-Félicien9.7 km (16 min)
Saint-Alban-d'Ay10.3 km (17 min)
Eclassan11.9 km (18 min)
Cheminas12.3 km (19 min)
Saint-Victor13.7 km (18 min)
Étables14.1 km (20 min)
Lemps14.5 km (22 min)
Sécheras14.6 km (23 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Natural sites

Events and festivities

Go for a hike nature and heritage in early July.


Sunday 24 september
Min. 7°C - Max. 24°C
Monday 25 september
Min. 8°C - Max. 21°C
Tuesday 26 september
Min. 12°C - Max. 21°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Not far from Préaux 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 castle of Ay and Shrine of Our Lady of Ay (Black Madonna) in Saint-Romain-d'Ay.

The gorges of the Ay starting Ardoix.

The ruins of the castle Oriol.

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 (12.6 km)
Clay modelling in the Ardèche mountains
Arts and Crafts450 € Glun (19.9 km)
Trapper evening in a Finnish cabin
Entertainment8 € Lapte (29 km)
Trip on the Velay Express, historic steam railway
Entertainment15 € to 18 € Raucoules (29 km)
Segway trip
Entertainment30 € Tence (29 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
La Roche Péréandre
HikeIntermediate2h25Vernosc-lès-Annonay (9.3 km)
Le Montmiandon
HikeEasy3h20Annonay (11.4 km)
Le lac de Vert
HikeIntermediate3h10Talencieux (12.6 km)
La Vallée du Torrenson
HikeIntermediate1h55Thorrenc (13.1 km)
Le Chirat Blanc
HikeAthletic7h35Saint-Julien-Vocance (13.1 km)


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