What to see in France

Camping in the Drôme, from Vercors to Provence

Nyons dans la Drôme
Nyons dans la Drôme


Located in the south-east of France, the Drôme, which is part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, is named after the river that runs through it. An ideal destination for family camping, the Drôme will take you on a journey through its typical medieval hilltop villages, its castles and Roman churches, but also its flavours, such as apricots, nougat and truffles, and its rich and diverse landscapes, such as the grandiose reliefs of the Vercors in the north or the lavender fields and vineyards of Provence in the south.


Campsites in the Drôme

There are 156 campsites in the Drôme which welcome you to make your holidays easier and more enjoyable, lively or relaxing, depending on your choice. Here is the campsite Les Rives de l'Aygues *** in Tulette, situated on the banks of a peaceful river. The campsite La Chataigneraie **** in Anneyron, a haven of peace with a swimming pool and a Spa. GervanneCamping **** a family spirit on the banks of two rivers.


The must-sees of the Drôme

Classified as a Historic Monument in 1969 by André Malraux as part of the naïve art, the Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval is an absolute must-see wonder in the Drôme.

Very attractive because of its climate, its label "Pays d'Art et d'Histoire" and its geographical situation at the gates of the Midi, the city of Valence immediately evokes sunshine and holidays! A city where it is good to stroll on its old squares full of charm. The superb façade of the Maison des Têtes dating from the 16th century will surprise you, as will that of the 19th century Moorish house. The Saint-Apollinaire cathedral is unmissable, it is the oldest monument in the city, with its white stone bell tower which contrasts with the rest of the building. Finally, take a walk in the Jouvet park, the green lung of the city, this park has more than 700 trees (some classified) and is crossed by canals. From the Champ de Mars, known thanks to its kiosk of the Lovers of Peynet, which dominates the public garden, you will have a splendid view of the Ardèche and the castle of Crussol.

Located less than 50 kilometers south of Valence, Montélimar is of course famous for its nougat, but you will appreciate this city for its historical center with the Renaissance house of Diane de Poitiers, the hotel of Puy-Montbrun, that of Chabrillan or the collegiate church Sainte-Croix. But the emblem of the city is undoubtedly the Adhemar castle. To see it, you will have to look up because it dominates the city. You can see the beautiful remains of this building dating from the 16th century, which was transformed into a prison and now into a contemporary art centre. Children are also honored in this city the park of the public garden which houses a large pond with ducks but also an old carousel and a playground. The Miniature Museum also has a nice collection of dolls' houses.

30 kilometres south-east of Montélimar, the Château de Grignan is the largest Renaissance château in south-east France and a must-see in the Drôme provençale.

In the Vercors massif this time, the Combe Laval road is a must for tourists. Indeed, this impressive and winding road runs along immense limestone cliffs and offers an exceptional landscape. Punctuated by a succession of tunnels, it links Saint-Jean-en-Royans to the Machine pass over four kilometres.

Characterized by its absence of wind due to its location in the hollow of the mountains, the small town of Nyons is known for its olives. But its old town is full of treasures such as the Roman bridge and its unique arch over the river Eygues, classified as a historical monument. Or the Randonne tower which will require a little exercise to reach... You should also take a look at the Place des Arcades, the Saint-Vincent church and the Saint-Jacques gate.

Classified as the most beautiful village in France, Mirmande is a superb village where it is good to stroll... During your walk in this village with undeniable charm, you will undoubtedly admire the 12th century Sainte-Foy church, classified as a historical monument, but also the paved streets and the old doors. Lastly, you will undoubtedly benefit from the splendid panorama on the mounts of Vivarais and the valley of the Rhone which this place offers.

In these conditions, it is not even necessary to wish you... good holidays in the Drôme!



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