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03 May 2018

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The Region

Located at the foot of the Monts du Vivarais, on the high plateaux of the north of the Ardèche and 28 kilometres from Annonay, the village of Saint-Félicien offers you, in a preserved nature, its natural, heritage and tourist riches.
Nestled between the Rhone and Doux valleys, this peaceful and charming commune unfolds before you landscapes rich in relief and a strong historical past.

Saint-Félicien and its surroundings

As you stroll through the narrow streets of the village, head towards its Romanesque church, the only vestige of the priory founded in the 10th century by the monks of Saint Barnard de Romans. Inscribed in the inventory of historic monuments in 1982, it was built in the 11th century and has been revised many times. The bell tower, the triangular pediment and the statue of the Virgin and Child above the porch were added in the 19th century.
Then resume your cultural journey and stop at Charles Forot’s house (1890-1973). Through a guided tour, learn more about this poet and publisher who created the “artistic and literary movement of the Pigeonnier” in 1920.
On the heights of Saint Félicien, do not hesitate to make a detour by the ruins of the castle of Rochefort dating from the X°. You will be able to contemplate a superb sight on the surrounding landscape.

Activities to discover

For the more sporty, walk or cycle along the 750 km of marked trails that stretch over the Doux valley. Discover the different species of trees and plants in the region by following the arboretum, the botanical path along the Daronne (tributary of the Doux).

For the youngest, you can participate all year round in the RandoTub’, fun and family hikes on marked and secure paths that make walkers aware of the environment through a dozen questions on fauna and flora (questions children and adults).

During the beautiful days, take advantage of the many lakes and rivers around you to swim: the Grangeon beach in Satillieu, the lake of Retourtour in Lamastre, the Salins beach in Désaignes…

For the most gourmands, the village of Saint Félicien welcomes every Friday morning the weekly market and every Sunday morning the market of the local producers on the place of the Town hall. You will be able to taste many gastronomic specialities of the region such as the “sweet curd” of Saint Félicien and the picodon (goat’s cheese), the caillette (cold meats) and the fouasse (traditional pastry) as well as the typical fruits of the region (peach, apricot, cherry).

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