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The Pont d'Arc
The Pont d'Arc
Coat of arms of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
Coat of arms
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 44°24?28?N 4°23?40?E / 44.4078°N 4.3944°E / 44.4078; 4.3944Coordinates: 44°24?28?N 4°23?40?E / 44.4078°N 4.3944°E / 44.4078; 4.3944
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ardèche
Arrondissement Largentière
Canton Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
 o Mayor (2008-2014) Claude Benahmed
Area1 28.62 km2 (11.05 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 2,343
 o Density 82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 o Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 07330 /07150
Elevation 60-434 m (197-1,424 ft)
(avg. 118 m or 387 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (occitan: Valon) is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. This small village, peaceful in wintertime, sees its population expand ten-fold in summer. Its tourist importance largely comes from the fact that it is the departure point for the river descent of the Gorges de l'Ardèche (from Pont d'Arc to Saint-Martin-d'Ardeche).


Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is situated at the threshold of one of the most beautiful tourist sites of France: "les gorges de l'Ardèche" (the Ardèche canyon). The famous Pont d'Arc, a natural arch of more than 30 metres height, carved out by the Ardèche and classified as a Great Site of France, gave it its name.

1.8 km (1.1 mi) southeast of the village, the River Ibie flows into the Ardèche, which forms all of the commune's southwestern border.


  • 1801: Saint-Martin-d'Arc renamed to Chames
  • 1825: Chames renamed to Vallon
  • 25 September 1948: Vallon becomes Vallon-Pont-d'Arc


List of mayors
Period Name Party Quality
1989-1995 Jean-Pierre Ageron socialist
1995-2001 Jean-Pierre Ageron socialist
2001-2008 Pierre Peschier right wing
2008-2014 Claude Benahmed socialist
Prior data not yet known.




The village is very lively, especially in summer, with in its centre numerous shops and a market on Thursday and on Tuesday evening, which is known for its large success. Every summer, many events are organized: the lavender feast and the olive feast, prehistoric days with expositions, ateliers, conferences and presentations lasting for over a week after August 15.


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