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The Païolive Wood

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ardèche

The Païolive Wood - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ardèche
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A haven of peace for many plant and animal species, the Païolive Wood, in the Ardèche Cévennes, near to the town of Les Vans, extends for 16 km² on the edge of the magnificent Chassezac gorges. Nicknamed the Fairy Wood, this protected area, Mediterranean in type, with its holm and white oaks, is dotted with limestone ruiniform rocks, whose mineral shapes make real natural sculptures. In the course of a ramble you can admire the marvels of this strange place: petrified rocks making astonishing shapes such as a bear or a lion, or a bird on her nest! There are many trails, such as the Hiker's Loop, the Path of the Virgin and the Corniche Path, which enable you to get close to this exceptional natural heritage.

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The Païolive Wood

The totem ( © Jean Espirat )
The totem ( © Jean Espirat )
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Bear's Rock and Lion ( © Jean Espirat )
Bear's Rock and Lion ( © Jean Espirat )
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The same rock seen below ( © Jean Espirat )
The same rock seen below ( © Jean Espirat )
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Bear and Lion ( © Jean Espirat )
Bear and Lion ( © Jean Espirat )
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