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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 its historic center with old streets, a few meters of the Rhone and offers hikers a botanical trail, its leaning tower and its view overlooking the valley to nearly 250 meters 'altitude.

It 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 of Soyons has an exceptional archaeological heritage. The archaeological site testifies human occupation since prehistoric times without interruption until today. The caves and the archaeological museum are the outstanding witnesses. So, have succeeded the Neanderthals, Cro-Magnon peoples of Neolithic and Metal Age and Roman and medieval. The village 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 Cave of Nero and the Fox Hole. The first historical monument, invites you to a journey to the heart of prehistory; while the Fox Hole plunges us into the underground world and provides access to a magnificent network of stalactites and stalagmites.

In the heart of the village, the museum labeled "Museum of France" presents the archaeological collections which are mostly the result of excavations at Soyons and around. 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)
Malissard13.8 km (18 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Leisure centres


Leaning of Soyons Tour
Leaning of Soyons Tour
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Aerial view of the village of Soyons
Aerial view of the village of Soyons
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The lônes and the banks of the Rhone
The lônes and the banks of the Rhone
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Cave of Nero : the Neanderthal family
Cave of Nero : the Neanderthal family
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Cave Soyons : Fox Hole
Cave Soyons : Fox Hole
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Museum Soyons : Amphora
Museum Soyons : Amphora
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Cave Nero workshop initiation excavations
Cave Nero workshop initiation excavations
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Tuesday 24 october
Min. 9°C - Max. 19°C
Wednesday 25 october
Min. 5°C - Max. 23°C
Thursday 26 october
Min. 5°C - Max. 24°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Clay modelling in the Ardèche mountains
Arts and Crafts450 € Glun (12.8 km)
Upie Zoo, the colourful park!
Entertainment10 € to 14 € Upie (13.9 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)
Vaunaveys Crest
HikeEasy1h30Vaunaveys-la-Rochette (19.7 km)
Towers Trail
HikeEasy1h30Tournon-sur-Rhône (19.7 km)
La Dolce Via
Cycling itineraryEasy4h00Les Ollières-sur-Eyrieux (21 km)
Saint-Jean Rock
HikeEasy3h00Gluiras (26 km)


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