Païolive Wood – a magic place in Ardèche.

The bear and the lion are waiting for you in the wonder world of Païolive wood on your way out of Les Vans. This karst hillside has magnificent minerals and plants and is an ideal place for walks in the shade, particular in the heat of summer.

Two parking areas:

  • Les Clairières car park: the starting point of the Circuit of the Virgin with fascinating natural rock shapes like the elephant, the frog and the pig in this labyrinth of rocks, arches and tunnels. A simply spellbinding 2.5km 60 minute walk.
  • L’Estong car park: a 120 minute walk along the corniche. Splendid views over the Chassezac river gorges and cliffs. Ideal for swimming and canoeing.