OUR REGION - SOUTH ARDECHE
Unlimited activities for sports, culture and leisure
At the heart of the South Ardèche
Villa Tourasse is situated in the community of Grospierres, a village counting about 850 inhabitants. Up to about 80 years ago the main source of income was gained by growing silk worms, lavender and various stone fruit. It even had a railway station. Today the silk industry has long gone, and most lavender fields have been replaced by large vineyards. And the railway station is closed but is now the venue of the weekly “brocante” or flea market.
Grospierres lies within a reasonably close drive from Uzes, Nîmes, Orange, Avignon and Montpellier, each one rich with history dating back to the Roman Empire
Of course your can stay put and dig into with the pile of books you brought. Or just soak up the sun around the swimming pool. And take the occasional dip in crystal clear water.
Nearby Vallon pont d'Arc is bustling with boutiques and full of life. Les Vans and Joyeuse pride themselves of the best open markets around. Not to missed are the picturesque villages Labeaume, Vogüé, Ballazuc, Rochecolombe, and Banne; each one a mirror of times of old.
The Ardèche offers fruit in abundance, especially stone fruit; “Picodon” for the lovers of goat cheese, and “Caillettes”, “Saucisson” and “Terroir” are dried meat based tasty local specialities. Wine lovers find no shortage of choice – merlot, chatus, chasselas, viognier, grenache, are good and very affordable local wines.