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Espeluche, common in the Rhone- Alpes region, is located 9 miles southeast of Montelimar, in the department of Drôme. It is one of the most common in the southern department at the gates of the Drôme Provençale.

The village of Espeluche is attached to the township of Montelimar 2, and is part of the community of communes called Montelimar - Sesame ( Structure of Equipment and Services Community Montelimar and its surroundings ).

Espeluche shares a border with Montelimar ( northwest ) on Montboucher- GLO (north ) Puygiron ( northeast ), Rochefort -en -Valdaine (east ) Montjoyer (south and a few hundred meters ), Allan (south - west).

From Lyon, take the Montelimar Nord exit. A La Coucourde, take direction Sauzet, then follow the Built -Rolland, and finally Puygiron Espeluche to fifteen kilometers. This access will allow you to travel on county roads and immerse yourself in the surrounding countryside.

From Marseille, exit at Montelimar Sud, follow Allan and follow Espeluche hosting you at about eight kilometers from the highway exit.

Geographical information

Latitude44.5152659 (N 44° 30’ 55”)
Longitude4.8233960 (E 4° 49’ 24”)
AltitudeFrom 106m to 425m
Surface area11.33 km²
Population1081 inhabitants
Density95 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureValence (64 km, 46 min)
Insee code26121
IntercommunalityCA Montelimar-Agglomeration

Nearest cities & towns

Allan4 km (5 min)
Puygiron4.6 km (9 min)
Montboucher-sur-Jabron5.1 km (8 min)
Rochefort-en-Valdaine6.3 km (8 min)
La Bâtie-Rolland6.8 km (10 min)
La Touche7.3 km (11 min)
Malataverne7.9 km (9 min)
Montélimar9.7 km (14 min)
Portes-en-Valdaine9.9 km (15 min)
Montjoyer10.7 km (15 min)
Châteauneuf-du-Rhône11.1 km (14 min)
La Laupie11.9 km (17 min)
Bonlieu-sur-Roubion12.2 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

Espeluche is an authentic village in the south of Drôme. Its old center, organized in a ring is accessible through two doors. It houses a relic rated " The bench of the Lord", but also a multitude of architectural landmarks ( walls, doors, windows... ), traces a rich history that you'll love to discover by walking through its narrow streets.

The climate is very pleasant because it is similar to the Mediterranean climate. Despite the inescapable " Mistral" that makes some days completely " hair-raising ", the winters are often harsh and summers bring every year their share of heat records.

Surrounded by hills, the environment favors Espeluche rides for the delight of nature lovers.

Events and festivities

Votive festival the third weekend of August.

Handcraft market the first weekend of December.


Friday 9 october
Min. 7°C - Max. 19°C
Saturday 10 october
Min. 7°C - Max. 16°C
Sunday 11 october
Min. 5°C - Max. 14°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

In and Around Espeluche, within 30 km, many exceptional sites are available:

The Village Poet- Laval, former commander of the Order of Malta, located on a steep site Jabron Valley, is part of a stunning panorama of wooded hills. This site is part of the 4 villages of the Drôme classified "most beautiful villages of France ".

Grignan Castle, dating from the 12th century built on a rock near the Papal Enclave offers from its terraces and gardens a unique perspective to see the surrounding area. It was the birthplace of a long correspondence between the Marquise de Sevigne and daughter.

Unusual, the " Crocodile Farm " in Tricastin, enjoying a suitable environment, has 8,000 square meters of tropical greenhouses and hosts more than 350 different species of crocodiles, turtles and an exceptional tropical flora.

Robinson Park in the heart of the forest of Marsanne, will welcome family and friends for a treetop adventure course.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Chocolate museum and workshop
Local flavours0 € to 3 € Crest (29 km)
Visit to Lussas animal park
Entertainment5 € to 8 € Lussas (30 km)
Zoo of Upie, the top park in color!
Entertainment10 € to 14 € Upie (34 km)
Discover the Ardèche Gorges by canoe
Nature and the great outdoors28 € to 155 € Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (36 km)
Power-assisted bike hire
Sports sensations20 € to 150 € Salavas (38 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
On the trail of the hermit
HikeIntermediate3h00Saint-Montan (17.9 km)
Domaine de Lorient
HikeEasy20 minMontéléger (40 km)
Dentelles de Montmirail Massif
HikeEasy2h00Gigondas (41 km)
Saint-Jean Rock
HikeEasy3h00Gluiras (44 km)
Dolmens walk
HikeEasy2h30Barjac (44 km)


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