Mid-way between Avignon and Lyon, the city of Valence, which enjoys a mild and sunny climate, is often designated as “the Gateway to the South of France”. Nestled on the banks of the River Rhône, Valence enjoys a strategic location between the mountains and the sea and has managed to retain all the charm and authenticity of the historic cities of the South of France.
Nature sports like hiking, horseback riding and canoeing are available nearby in the rolling hills of the Drôme, the Vercors, the Drôme valley, the Diois and Provençal Drôme. Nature lovers will be able to satisfy their attraction to wide-open spaces.
Valence is situated close to the Ardèche, which reinforces its attraction as a tourist centre.
For gourmets, the Drôme produces a wide range of excellent products: truffles, Montelimar nougat, olives and olive oil from Nyons, “raviole” of the Dauphiné, “pogne” of Romans and the “suisse” of Valence, not to mention the quality and flavours of the fruit of the Drôme.
The Drôme region also possesses a rich palette of wines, which today represents nearly 20,000 hectares of vineyards.