Le Pont d'Arc, Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

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The Pont d'Arc (French pont = bridge) is a large natural bridge, located in the Ardèche département in the south of France, 5 km from the town of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
The arch, formed when the Ardèche River broke through a narrow escarpment between its meander, is 59 metres (194 ft) wide and 34 m (112 ft) high at the top of the opening. It is a very popular canoeing and kayaking area and is heavily visited by tourists. It is usually described as the natural entrance to the Ardèche Canyon.
In the near vicinity of the arch is the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, containing one of the earliest known Paleolithic cave paintings, about 30,000 years old (featured in the 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams by film director Werner Herzog).

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  • The Pont d'arc is quite impressive I must say. We did the short kayak tour, which is quite alright if doing the kayak trip with kids. Although the beaches around the pont d'arc were crowded I think.....  more »
  • Pont d’Arc is amazing! I booked our whole trip around it and despite being busy it was still wonderful, so much bigger than I imagined. We parked on the south side and walked down to the beach...  more »
  • We'll worth a visit to sunbathe, swim and enjoy a picnic. We spent a day jumping in off the rocks and swimming. A few days later we canoed down the river and stopped here for a picnic. It's a beautiful pictureous place.
  • Nice spot for swimming!

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