In de middle of the Ardèche, you can find the Boutières.
Between the Gerbier de Joncs, the spring of the Loire, the Mount Mezenc also called the “king of the Cévennes ” and the valley of Eyrieux, the association of local authorities of Boutières benefits from a privileged situation. This volcanic region situated in the Natural reserve of the Mounts of the Ardèche offers a characteristic landscape with his “round mountains” and his basalt columns. The tourist office of Boutières is based in Saint Martin de Valamas, see map below.en savoir + »
Steep slopes, green valleys, crests offering panoramic views on volcanic landscapes, high summits (The Mezenc peaks at 1753m) in a wild and protected nature. The grouped municipalities of the Boutières has a rich natural and cultural heritage such as the Mont Gerbier des Jonc and other round mountains, the lake of Saint Martial, the Tchier of Borée, the castle of Rochebonne, the chapel of Soutron or the mill of Rimande offer an ideal area for hiking, horse riding or biking. 400 km of marked out paths are at your disposal.en savoir + »
The second industrial pole of the Ardèche is formed by the 2 associations of local authorities of the Boutières and of the Country of the Cheylard. The manufacturing of jewels is the main activity. Saint Martin de Valamas is the birth place of jewellery, indeed, since the implementation of the company Murat in 1868 in this city, the jewel industry was increased with the creation of a lot of other companies in these 2 cantons. In 2010, the 2 associations of local authorities have decided to join in order to create the « Jewel Valley».en savoir + »