Ardèche

The Ardèche (Occitan and Arpitan: Ardecha) is a south-central department of France. The area has been inhabited by humans at least since the Upper Paleolithic, as evidenced by the famous Chauvet cave paintings to the Pont d'Arc. The plateau of the Ardeche River sees push some dolmens and menhirs probably built by the Celts. The river, suitable for canoeing, is the largest canyon in Europe and the caves that dot the cliffs were prehistoric dwellings (arrows and flint knives are often found.) There are five natural regions in Ardèche: - mountains, with an average altitude of 1,100 meters. They are mainly granitic. The climate is marked: the snow for several months of very strong winds during the fall and winter (known locally as the "" Burle ""), frequent fog in the valleys, heavy rainfall (1,500 mm per year on average) highly concentrated in September and Octobre.- trays of Upper Vivarais and CévennesLa transition zone of the mountain down to the Rhone valley (300 to 400 m) is a plateau. The climate is much milder than that of the mountains ouest.L'Ardèche contains part of the Cévennes National Park, a must for all lovers of nature, wildlife and the great espaces.- Lower VivaraisCette karst area is the land of the vine, bush, grains and fruits (parts of Aubenas and Happy) .- the tray of the tray CoironsCe an altitude of 800 meters above sea level is surrounded to the north by the valleys of the Ouvèze and Payre, south by the Escoutay valley west of the Col Escrinet and Vesseaux valley. The soil is rich and fertile. Agriculture is dominated by the cultivation of wheat, oats and potatoes, and stock-raising goats and cattle. On the slopes, there are vines and