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The Pont d'Arc
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Claude Benahmed|
|Area1||28.62 km2 (11.05 sq mi)|
|• Density||83/km2 (220/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||07330 / 07150|
|Elevation||60–434 m (197–1,424 ft)
(avg. 118 m or 387 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.
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. This small village, peaceful in wintertime, sees its population expand ten-fold in summer. Its tourist importance largely comes from the fact that it is the departure point for the descent of the gorge of the Ardèche river (from Pont d'Arc to Saint-Martin-d'Ardeche).
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is situated at the threshold of one of the most beautiful tourist sites of France: "les gorges de l'Ardèche" (the Ardèche canyon). The famous Pont d'Arc, a natural arch of more than 30 metres height, carved out by the Ardèche and classified as Great Site of France, gave it its name.
1.8 km (1.1 mi) southeast of the village, the river Ibie flows into the Ardèche, which forms all of the commune's south-western border.
- 1801: Saint-Martin-d'Arc renamed to Chames
- 1825: Chames renamed to Vallon
- 25 September 1948: Vallon becomes Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
|2001–2008||Pierre Peschier||right wing|
|Prior data not yet known.|
- The Pont d'Arc
- The Chauvet Cave is not open to the public. An exposition site, copied from the cave, is open to the public so they can discover the oldest paleolithic paintings - 32.000 B.C. - and the lifestyle of the Cro-Magnon man
- The museum of the Chauvet Cave
- The town hall (a castle constructed in 1639 under Louis XIII) houses seven tapestries from Aubusson, showing the crusades, exhibited in the Hall of Honour
- The Gorges de l'Ardèche
- The Gorges de l'Archèche National Park
- Android tourism guide
- Domaine de Segries (the PGL camp base for the Ardeche
The village is very lively, especially in summer, with in its centre numerous shops and a market on Thursday and on Tuesday evening, which is known for its large success. Every summer, many events are organized: the lavender feast and the olive feast, prehistoric days with expositions, ateliers, conferences and presentations lasting for over a week after August 15.
- Deceased in 1971 the painter René Aberlenc
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