8 must-see things to do in Vogüé

Vogüé

Interested in visiting Vogüé? Then check out the 8 must-see things to do in France’s most beautiful village!

Visit Vogüé on your own, with family or friends, and discover one of the country’s most beautiful villages. Embedded in the limestone, this charming village features small houses huddled together at the foot of imposing cliffs.

Its castle and gardens also offer sublime panoramic views. Are you planning to discover this beautiful Ardèche village? In this article, you’ll find the 8 must-see things to do in Vogüé during your stay!

1. Château de Vogüé

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Dominating the village of Vogüé, on the banks of the Ardèche, this imposing château is one of Vogüé’s must-see monuments. Built in the late 12th century on the orders of Raymond I de Vogüé, the building was refurbished in Renaissance style in 1603.

It was at this time that the hanging garden was created. The château is well worth a visit, both for its architecture and sublime gardens, and for the unique views they afford.

2. Le Vieux Village

Village Vogue

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An amphitheatrical village overlooking the Ardèche River, Vogüé is a must-see for its incredibly charming old town. This picturesque site is first and foremost renowned for its exceptional panoramas, which you’ll discover as you stroll through the village.

In the narrow streets of the old village, you’ll also be able to admire the typical Ardèche cottages, with their stone calades. At the foot of the village, you’ll find a lovely beach for a swim. And if the water doesn’t appeal to you, you can always relax in the shade of a lovely terrace, and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Vogüé.

3. La Chapelle Sainte Cerice

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Known locally as the « Gleyzette », i.e. the little church, this Romanesque chapel is built right into the rock! Probably built in the 11th century, it is perched at the top of the cliff. It overlooks the castle and the village. You’ll enjoy an exceptional viewpoint and even more incredible panoramas than below!

4. Sainte-Marie Church

Eglise Vogue

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In the heart of the village, don’t miss a visit to the Eglise Sainte-Marie. Once the church of an 11th-century Benedictine priory, it was destroyed during the Wars of Religion. Fortunately, it was completely rebuilt in 1691 by the villagers with the help of the Seigneurs de Voguë. Romanesque in style, it is well worth a visit for its typical Ardèche architecture.

5. Canoeing down the Ardèche river

Gorge de l'Ardèche

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If you’re visiting Vogüé, you can’t miss the chance to canoe down the Ardèche! After all, this is the starting point for many of the river’s descents. From Vogüé, you can choose from a number of different routes. Some are particularly suitable for children and families! As for the more sporty, they can take advantage of a maxi descent lasting several days, to discover the region in depth.

6. Via Ardèche

Via Ardèche

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Built between Vogüé and Grospierres on the old railroad line, this 22-kilometer itinerary is designed for bicycles. This Via Ardèche greenway is ideal for discovering the region with the family, children or friends. Because the route is completely flat, it presents no difficulties.

Along the way, you can swim and picnic at the superb Cirque de Gens, in Chauzon. You can also visit the charming village of Balazuc. All along the way, superb panoramic views await you too!

7. The Blue Stone Trail

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This walking trail is an opportunity to learn more about the quarrying and working of Vogüé stone. This limestone is known as blue stone. During your walk, you’ll also get a good overview of the Ardèche countryside and its flora and fauna. If you’re visiting Vogüé, be sure to take a stroll!

8. SPA Lou Capitelle

Spa Lou Capitelle

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Visiting Vogüé, as you’ll have gathered, is pretty sporty! Between strolls through the village, swimming and sporting activities, cycling or canoeing, you’re bound to get tired. Fortunately, you can also relax and enjoy the facilities at Domaine Lou Capitelle.

There’s a heated indoor balneotherapy pool, sauna and hammam. You can also enjoy a range of wellness treatments and massages. All in all, an ideal place for anyone looking to relax.

How to get to Vogüé

Located in the Ardèche department, Vogüé is ideally reached by car.

However, it is possible to reach the village by train and then by bus. The nearest train station is in Montélimar. From this TGV/TER station, you can take bus route 76 to Vogüé (direction Vallon-Pont-d’Arc). The line also departs from Valence TGV/TER station.

From Avignon, you can also take line 15, which runs to Aubenas via Vogüé. Don’t forget to visit the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes transport website for full timetables.

If you have a car, getting to and visiting Vogüé is obviously easier and more flexible. To get to the heart of the Ardèche, here are a number of itineraries you can follow from the major towns in the area:

  • From Lyon, take the A7 freeway. You’ll pass through Valence. Before Montélimar, take exit 17 and continue on the N7. This will take you around Montélimar to the northeast. Take the D11, then the D86, and finally the N102 and D103 to Vogüé.
  • From Montpellier, take the A9 freeway to Orange, where it branches off onto theA7. Before Montélimar, take exit 18 and follow the D107, then the N102 and finally the D103 towards Vogüé.
  • From Le Puy-en-Velay, take the N88 to Pradelles. Then follow the N102 through the Monts d’Ardèche to Aubenas. Follow the D104 and then the D579 to Vogüé.

Where to stay in Vogüé?

If you’re planning a visit to Vogüé, you’re bound to wonder where to stay in France’s most beautiful village. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of options. For example, you can opt for a room in a comfortable hotel. You can also choose to stay in a charming gîte. Use our hotel comparator to find the best places to stay in Vogüé.

Travelers can also opt for an apartment or house, via the Airbnb platform for example. And outdoor enthusiasts can opt for a pitch or mobile home in one of the village’s tree-lined campsites!

You now have all the information you need to conquer Vogüé!

Map of hotels and accommodation – Aubenas,fr