Vals-les-Bains is a town in the southeast of the department of the Ardèche – it’s known for its thermal cures. It’s a classic Belle-Epoque spa destination town, in a pretty (and relatively isolated) area.

Vals-les-Bains’ history is old – a fisherman named Pierre Brun discovered the water of Vals in 1602. The town today has a large park with a natural geyser, and several blocks of restaurants and hotels. The spa itself looks large and fairly contemporary. The town is not particularly fancy (it’s popular with the harley crowd), but it retains a vintage feel without being stuffy or falling apart.

We loved our stay at ***Château Clément – a beautifully preserved turn-of-the-century mini-castle. The hosts are extremely friendly, our room on the lower level was comfortable and large, and there are two pools (indoor and outdoor) + a steam bath. 

**1957 le restaurant was a good recommendation, well-prepared food.

The hotel recommended these options for our next visit – 

  • “Le Vivarais”, Restaurant gastronomique. Téléphone :
  • “Circus”, Brasserie du restaurant gastronomique, Casino de Vals. Téléphone :
  • “Les Arcades”, Hôtel de Lyon, Restaurant familial et traditionnel. Téléphone :
  • “Chez Mireille”, Restaurant traditionnel. Téléphone :
  • “L’Adresse”, Restaurant traditionnel. Téléphone :
  • “Béatrix”, Crêperie, Glacier . Téléphone :
  • “Pizza Flo”, Pizzeria. Téléphone :

Les Restaurants à Pont d’Aubenas

  • “La Villa Tartary”, Restaurant semi gastro, bistronomique. Téléphone :
  • “Les Coloquintes”, Restaurant semi gastro, bistronomique. Téléphone :

Les Restaurants dans Aubenas Centre

  • “Notes de Saveurs”, Restaurant semi-gastro, bistronomique. Téléphone :
  • “Le Pierrot”, Restaurant semi-gastro, bistronomique. Téléphone :
  • “L’Aubépine”, Restaurant semi-gastro, bistronomique (sans terrasse). Tél :
  • “Le Café du Château”, Brasserie. Téléphone :


Further south in the Ardèche: a place we’d like to revisit – it’s picture perfect, with a castle and stone architecture. Pretty much nails the “adorable French town” look.

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