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Do you want to go on holiday in the Drôme? The city of Valence is an excellent choice of destination in the south-east of France. Discover the rich historical and architectural heritage of Valence, the local gastronomy as well as its natural attractions during outdoor outings. At “La Porte du Midi de la France”, expect a warm welcome from the people of Valence. You will spend a quiet holiday punctuated by hiking, cultural shows or cycling tourism.
Labelled “City of Art and History”, let yourself be charmed by Valencia’s many architectural monuments. The city of Valencia developed around its historic centre, which still has a medieval character today. Start your visit with the Pendentif, a prestigious building which is one of the first listed monuments in France.
Close to the Place du Pendentif, the Cathedral of Saint-Apollinaire is the oldest monument in Valencia. Listed as a historical monument, visitors are always amazed by its impressive construction and beautiful stained-glass windows. Attend the performance of a choir, an orchestra or a concert, it’s grandiose!
The Valencia Museum of Art and Archaeology is close to the cathedral, don’t miss the exceptional viewpoint at the belvedere. Do you know la Maison des Têtes? Its magnificent facade of sculpted heads is worth a visit! Also, discover the fascinating permanent exhibition: “Valence, City of Art and History” in this building dating from the 16th century. The architecture of the Valence town hall is also worth discovering. The Armenian Heritage Centre relates the history and culture of the Armenians in an original permanent exhibition. Temporary exhibitions and events are also organized all year round.
Are you fond of delicacies? Local specialties also have their stories! During your stay taste the Pogne, a brioche in the shape of a crown perfumed with orange blossom, its creation dates back to the Middle Ages. The Swiss is a biscuit whose recipe dates back 200 years and which goes very well with tea or coffee. Taste a succulent cake: the Pangea! You will like its symbolism. It consists of apricots, honey and almonds, a delight for the taste buds.
Are you a lover of the great outdoors? Two walking tours are available in the city. The first circuit has a heritage theme and allows you to discover Valencia by passing through the three parks. Count about two hours for a six-kilometer walk. Take a pleasant break at the Port de l’Épervière during this walk. The second walking tour follows the rivers in the heart of the city and allows you to observe the fauna and flora of Valencia.
If you wish to go further, opt for bicycle tourism. Bicycle hire in Valencia is quick and easy. Choose the circuit “Discovery of the plain” or the circuit “From Valence to the Vercors”, ecstasy guaranteed! However, go to the Tourist Office of Valence to find out about other cycling routes.
The Parc Jouvet is another site not to be missed. Don’t leave Valence without having discovered this fabulous 7-hectare park with 700 trees of rare species, ponds and canals. Visit the Peynet Kiosk at the Esplanade du Champ de Mars near the Parc Jouvet, where you will have an idyllic setting for your souvenir photos.
Are you looking for indoor activities in Valence? Between bowling, laser games and the indoor karting circuit, the city fills young and old alike. If investigation and puzzles stimulate you, take part in a Game Space. Are you more into golf? A fluorescent miniature golf course opens its doors to you all year round. For a round of sliding, go to the Polygore skating rink.
Don’t forget to organize at least one outing to the Théâtre de la Ville de Valence!
For 180 years, this superb building has been the venue for dramas, comedies and operas. The Comédie de Valence also offers a program of dance and theatre performances. Book your tickets online at the ticket office before your stay!
As far as your car journeys are concerned, you will find several car parks in Valencia particularly well located in the city. Taking the bus in Valencia will also bring you satisfaction because the city center is very well served. Moreover, the Hotel Atrium is close to several cultural and leisure sites. Whether you opt for walking or a means of locomotion, the location of the 4-star hotel is convenient for your outings, especially in the evening. Moreover, it is the assurance of being close to the A7 motorway while enjoying a peaceful atmosphere.
Now you have everything you need to prepare your wonderful holidays in Valencia!