Les Ollières-sur-Eyrieux

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Les Ollières-sur-Eyrieux
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ardèche
Arrondissement Privas
Canton Privas
Intercommunality Eyrieux aux Serres
Government
 • Mayor (2001-2008) Gilbert Valette
Area1 7.58 km2 (2.93 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 797
 • Density 105.15/km2 (272.3/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 07167 /07360
Elevation 157–400 m (515–1,312 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Les Ollières-sur-Eyrieux is a commune in the Ardèche département in southern France. The nearest towns are Privas and Saint-Sauveur-de-Montagut.

History[change | change source]

The first records of a settlement go back to the 12th century. It is located on the banks of the Eyrieux river (a tributary to the Rhône river), Les Ollières (as it is often shortened to by the local people) became a central location for the treatment and processing of silk in the early 1700s.

Les Ollières in the 21st century[change | change source]

The village has now become a tourist location, attracting many Dutch, German, Swiss and English tourists to its many camp sites during the summer months. Although some tourists have started to renovate old cottages and set up permanent or holiday homes in the area.

For the people of Les Ollières a daily bus service runs to Valence and Privas. The introduction of an occasional cinema also provides entertainment for people of the village and the neighboring villages.