Located in the Haute-Loire department, the Gorges de la Loire offer a breathtaking panorama, where the clear waters of the Loire meander between majestic cliffs. Come discover a unique place where nature, history and traditions combine to offer you an unforgettable experience.

The Loire Gorges: a breathtaking natural spectacle

Dug into the Velay volcano, the Gorges de la Loire extend over more than 20 kilometers, offering varied and spectacular landscapes. Between the steep cliffs and the meanders of the Loire, you will be amazed by the wild beauty of this preserved natural site. Don't forget your camera to immortalize these magical moments!

The Château de Lavoute-Polignac: an architectural gem

Perched on a rocky outcrop, the Château de Lavoute-Polignac has watched over the Loire Gorges since the 12th century. This fortified castle, transformed into a pleasure residence during the Renaissance, invites you to discover its fascinating history and its sumptuous gardens. A must-visit for history and architecture enthusiasts.

The Loire in Arlempdes and Vorey-sur-Arzon: picturesque villages

Arlempdes and Vorey-sur-Arzon are two charming villages which border the Loire. Arlempdes, with its medieval castle and its cobbled streets, will transport you to the Middle Ages, while Vorey-sur-Arzon, labeled “Village of Character”, will seduce you with its architectural heritage and its lively quays. Two stops not to be missed during your stay in the Loire Gorges.

Water activities and swimming: enjoy the pleasures of water

The Loire Gorges are an ideal playground for water sports enthusiasts. Canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding and even rafting are all activities that will allow you to discover the Loire from another angle. And why not take advantage of the beaches where you can relax and swim in the cool waters of the river?

The history of the Loire: a river with a prestigious past

The Loire has marked the history of the region and the country. From the first settlements to major development works, including river navigation, the “royal river” has always been a major player in economic and cultural development. Discover this rich past by exploring the museums, churches and castles that dot the Loire Gorges.

Mont Gerbier de Jonc: at the source of the Loire

Located a few kilometers from the Gorges de la Loire, Mont Gerbier de Jonc is an exceptional natural site. It is here that the Loire has its source, in a unique volcanic setting. A hike to the summit of Mont Gerbier de Jonc will offer you a grandiose panorama of the Ardèche mountains and the Cévennes. An unmissable detour for nature lovers.

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