You don’t get the scenery, tranquility and clean air that we enjoy here on the rocks, if you live next to a big city. As they say, in Ardeche there are “no airports, no motorways and no train stations“. We have something else, millions of years old:
If you are coming from far away, the easiest route is via Paris. From there take the train from Gare de Lyon to Valence TGV and rent a car (Europcar) and drive to Lagorce, either via Privas and Aubenas through the Cevennes mountains, which is a beautiful drive or down the A7 and arrive via the beautiful Ibie Valley.
You can also take the bus from Valence TGV (lines 73 & 74) to Aubenas, where we can pick you up (25 mins from here). Hitchhiking is also possible, it is common and easy in France. Cheap and best! 🙂
We are very happy to organise your trip for you – tell us where you are coming from and where you are going to – there’s no route in and out of here that we haven’t tried in the last thirty years. We can also rent a vehicle of your choice and drive for you, anywhere you’d like to go (Martin used to drive professionally).
To find your own way, look at this map [or set your GPS to: Le Village 07150 Lagorce, France – 44.447331, 4.416555]
There are good train connections from Paris to Avignon, as well, which is further south. Beautiful, historical city famous for its theatre festival (see bottom of page) and the Avignon Papacy – from 1309 to 1378 – during which seven Popes resided in Avignon.
It’s also about an hour and a half’s drive from here, two hours if you drive up the through the stunning Gorges de l’Ardeche, the canyon you see part of in the photo above and which runs through the natural wonder, the Pont d’Arc, less than ten miles from here:
There are connections with EuroStar from London to Avignon. Some of them are direct, no changes. If you have to change, then choose to go via Lille (where it is easier to change), unless you want to stop for a while in Paris (where changing is more of a pain).
See also http://wikitravel.org/en/Lagorce and get in touch for further details.
Here is how ‘everything theatre‘ introduces the Festival d’Avignon:
The Avignon Festival was first founded in 1947 by French director Jean Villar. The original festival, now called the In, specialises in high-budget and high-profile productions in grandiose venues such as the inner courtyard of the Palais des Papes. More interesting, however, is the parallel festival, a spin-off of the In known as the Off which deals with Fringe Theatre. Like the Edinburgh Fringe, it has taken on a life of its own. Full of wild creative energy and enthusiasm, it has enjoyed an exponential explosion in size and popularity since it first began in the mid-sixties. With 116 venues and 1143 shows in 2011, it is second only to Edinburgh in terms of scale and diversity. Its motto, ‘Le Plus Grand Theatre du Monde’, is indeed a fitting one for this outstanding celebration of Theatre, the largest in the French-speaking world.
The festival usually takes place during the last three weeks of July, which means that true theatre buffs can easily manage to attend both Avignon and Edinburgh, which hosts its festivals in August. And they will not be disappointed: our opinion on this Festival is that it is indeed top-notch, and unlike Edinburgh, has the added benefit of taking place in the sunniest part of France during the warmest part of summer.