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A view towards Les Ollières-sur-Eyrieux
|Intercommunality||Eyrieux aux Serres|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Gilbert Valette|
|Area1||7.58 km2 (2.93 sq mi)|
|• Density||120/km2 (310/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||07167 / 07360|
|Elevation||157–400 m (515–1,312 ft)|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
The first records of a settlement can be dated back to the 12th century. Situated on the banks of the Eyrieux river (a tributary to the Rhône river), Les Ollières (as it is often shortened to by the local people) became a central location for the treatment and processing of silk in the early 18th century. The silk (and later different textiles) industry was to feature heavily in the surrounding area.
The village has now become a tourist location, attracting many Dutch, German, Swiss and English tourists to its many camp sites during the summer months. Although some tourists have started to renovate old cottages and set up permanent or holiday homes in the area.
For the people of Les Ollières a daily bus service runs to Valence and Privas.
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