In the north of the department, the Loire wends its way very discreetly, visible only from the lip of a gorge or sometimes more openly from a bend in the road.
The gorges of the Loire offer a wide variety of flora and fauna, a place where water meets dry land, and the Mediterranean meets the north. It is a land of sharp contrasts. Meadows, moorland, green hills, and vineyards...
The region is dotted with interesting sites:
Saint-Jean-Saint-Maurice, a village de caractère perched above the gorges.
Villerest, with its dam and water-sports centre. Bully, a small marina where the boats bob up and down on their mooring rings. The Pêt de l’Ane, a viewpoint overlooking the biggest meander on the Loire. Floating on the water, the fairytale Château de la Roche takes pride of place.