Escape to Drôme Provençale while on your holiday in Valence. The "gateway to France's Midi region" invites you to discover its glorious past in the amazing setting of the city of Valence.
You'll be able to discover its pedestrian-friendly city centre, its cultural riches, and its quality of life. Feel free to go for a stroll in the fresh, well-lit streets of Valence.
Come get lost in a plant maze. The goal is to get out of this maze created in a cornfield. To find your bearings, you'll be provided with a map, and you'll need to answer some questions related to topics wisely hidden in the maze.
Take advantage of going at night every Friday in July and August to avoid the heat, but don't forget your flashlight!
It isn't a holiday in Valence without experiencing the convivial atmosphere of the markets. A market takes place with local specialties every day except Sunday. There you'll find fresh products, regional specialties, country honeys, fine wines, organic fruits and vegetables, fragrant spices, and meats.
"Le Suisse," this 200-year old original treat is made with sand-colored dough and is flavoured with candied orange peel. According to legend, a Valence baker created it in tribute to Pope Pius VI who died in Valence in 1799
Also try the clairette, ravioli, olives, truffles, the Caillette, some nougat, and sun-drenched fruits...
Feel like taking an unusual cruise?
Take the "Royans-Vercors" paddle wheel boat between Valence and Grenoble, and take advantage of one of the most beautiful cruises in Rhône-Alpes. On this Mississippi-style boat, you'll see the flora and fauna, as well as the architectural heritage of the villages of St-Nazaire-en-Royans and La Sône, the two embarkation points.
Walks and horseback riding
During your stay in Valence, feel free to take advantage of hiking trails to visit the canals. They represent a natural and ecological heritage that is unique in France, and they were used by smugglers. It's also possible to discover the region by taking a beautiful ride on horseback.