It is from the 1950's, that the Gorges de l'Ardèche became a major destination of tourism in France...
Or that's what we want to believe !!!!! Here is the real history of the Ardèche campsite !
The history of camping in the Ardèche began long ago, with the Neanderthals, who already frequented the area to enjoy the sunshine in the famous Chauvet cave. They used the walls of the Chauvet cave to organize themed evenings, with hand-painted posters. Imagine saber-toothed tigers taking part in crazy races and mammoth rodeos! It was a veritable prehistoric camping extravaganza.
However, after these prehistoric times, camping in the Ardèche fell into disuse for many years. Camping in the Ardèche took a wild turn with Hannibal, the famous Carthaginian general. In 218 BC, Hannibal and his circus landed in the Ardèche with 37 elephants and 60,000 men. They decided to settle on the banks of the Rhône at Roquemaure to enjoy the scenery. But the Gardois, always ready to spoil the party, squatted on the beaches opposite the river. Hannibal, exasperated by their complaints, sent 10,000 of his men to chase them away. Apparently, he didn't appreciate the peace and quiet in the Ardèche and preferred to leave for Italy after only two nights camping. You can't please everyone, even the great conquerors!
The Romans also discovered the joys of camping in the Ardèche. They created vacation resorts in Alba-la-Romaines, where even Julius Caesar liked to spend his vacations. It is said that he relaxed by admiring the magnificent Ardèche landscapes, visiting the Nîmes arena and exploring other interesting places in the region. It was the Roman Empire version of camping, with a touch of luxury.
Animation in camping in Ardeche.
In 52 BC, the Gauls of the Ardèche region, the Helvians, reintroduced open-air camping. They erected tents and even the first ox-drawn caravans. But what was really remarkable was their evenings around the menhirs and dolmens, where they danced while taking off their shoes, which they called "Grolles" in Ardèche slang. Their dance, known as the "Danse du Roc Aux Grolles", evolved over time into the famous Rock and Roll. The Helviens were true pioneers of festive camping!
Family leisure activities in Ardèche campsite.
Over the centuries, camping in the Ardèche has been replaced by theme parks, such as the pirate village of Saint Étienne de Dion. Visitors could enjoy ship attacks, town sackings and even battles against territorial militias. There's nothing like leaving with a golden souvenir or memorable souvenir of their Ardèche adventures. Camping has taken a more adventurous and entertaining turn.
The rediscovery of camping in the Ardèche
It was not until the arrival of the Hospitallers and Templars in the Ardeche that camping was rediscovered. While a pope was in Avignon and the Cathars and Catholic tourists were at war, the knights began planning a campground in the Ardeche Gorge. They first set up tents, then built their own tourist lodges. Some of these buildings can still be visited today, such as the Chapelle Saint Supplice or the remains of the Commanderie in Saint Marcel d'Ardèche. However, the stays were payable in cash and not declared, which attracted the wrath of the national agencies. On Friday, October 13, 1307, the camping activities were closed for embezzlement.
why choose a 3 star campsite ?
However, in the 1960s and 1970s, camping made a comeback in the Ardeche, with the arrival of the first modern caravans and tents. Since then, camping has become very popular in the region, attracting campers from all over the world thanks to the natural beauty of the Ardeche and its many outdoor activities, such as canoeing, hiking and climbing. Today, the Ardèche is one of the most popular camping destinations in France.
In 1966, "Camping Les Truffières" was born to perpetuate a centuries-old tradition of the region. It has witnessed important events in the department, such as one of the first moss parties and its famous Ardéchois Dahus hunts. Located in an exceptional natural setting, it offers many activities and facilities for the whole family, such as sports fields, a swimming pool, a playground and evening entertainment. In addition, it offers spacious and well-maintained campsites, as well as comfortable mobile home accommodations for those who prefer not to bring their own tent. By choosing a 3-star campsite like Les Truffières, you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Ardèche while enjoying modern comfort and quality services. Join the history of camping in the Ardèche by staying in our region.
Daily 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 8pm.
INFORMATION AND BOOKING.
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Camping "Les Truffières.
252 Impasse Les Truffières.
07700 Saint Marcel d'Ardèche, France.
Latitude : 44.344183°N.
Longitude : 4.604771°E.
The history of our campsite.
Les Truffières campsite has a rich history, having been established in 1961. Managed by Valérie and Stéphane Soulier, it offers quality outdoor accommodation, including mobile homes, camper areas and pitches for caravans and tents, all year round. The campsite also features a bar, gourmet restaurant and heated sanitary facilities for added comfort. It is listed in the Ardèche Découverte tourist guide.