With 17,000 inhabitants, Annonay is the main town in the Ardèche département. Its character – strong and cheerful, industrious and united – has been forged by this rugged region of mountains and valleys. The town’s inhabitants have a strong tradition of endeavour, the satisfaction of a job well done, creative flair (Annonay is the birthplace of the Montgolfier brothers, inventors of the hot air balloon, and Marc Seguin, who established France’s first railway line) and a bold spirit that drives progress. When it comes to leisure, the emphasis is once again on energetic and sporting activities which encourage effort, team work and challenge. It is this energy that makes Annonay, the “City under the cedar trees”, a town that is more than ever working to create true quality of life in a carefully preserved environment. Annonay, with a rich heritage combined with a strong commitment to modernity, is a town that refuses to admit defeat and which is fighting for the future of all its children.
Nestled between the River Rhone and forestland, Bourg-Saint-Andéol’s varied landscape bears witness to human activity over the years. Vineyards and olive trees flourish in the valley, overlooked by the Bois de Laoul forest and scrubland. Located on the banks of one of Europe’s longest rivers, Bourg-Saint-Andéol offers visitors a privileged insight into man’s relationship with the River Rhone. 2,000 years of history have also left their mark, with many remains and monuments to visit and admire: Roman churches, bas-relief of the God Mithra, alleyways and townhouses. Reflecting its rich architectural and cultural heritage, every year the town comes together to organise a varied programme of events and celebrations for the enjoyment of all. Bourg-Saint-Andéol is home to “La Cascade, la Maison des Arts du Clown” and the “Cirque pôle regional” circus centre which welcomes resident companies and international performers.