Tournon-sur-Rhône

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TownTournon-sur-Rhône
Insee code07324
Postcode07300
Latitude45.0679150
Longitude4.8321370
AltitudeFrom 115 to 508 meters
Surface21.01 km²
Population11314 inhabitants
Density538 inhabitants/km²

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National labelTain-l'Hermitage at 1.3 km
Chief townPrivas (at 59 km, 47 min)Saint-Jean-de-Muzols at 1.8 km
DepartmentArdècheCrozes-Hermitage at 2.7 km
RegionRhône-AlpesSearch another town

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TOWN PRESENTATION

The Tournonais, Land of Heritage ... The history of cities located along the Rhone starts with the Celts and the Gallo-Roman counters that build (or ports) as Muzolium became Saint John of Muzols enjoying the privileged position of this region, allowing, among other by the Sweet fly into the Massif Central. In creating, the first roads and bridges first, they favored the establishment of towns and villages. Indeed, the original town of Tournon was built along a route from Lyon to the Mediterranean and the village of Boucieu-le-Roi was created near a Roman bridge over the Sweet.

It was in 817 that we find the first written record of Tournon. Under the name "Turnone", marking the official beginning of its history.

It was at this time that comes to live a rich feudal family from later called "the Counts of Tournon." They will choose to install their fortress on this rock of granite overlooking the Rhone valley. In 1308 the north Vivarais is annexed by the Kingdom of France after being land of empire since the 11th century. The Lordship of Tournon had a very wide field and enjoyed a great reputation throughout the region, among other charges by many that could have a few counts or countesses to the Court of France.

The Tournonais, Land of Traditions! This majestic vineyard extends along the Rhone valley over 1000 ha between Chavanay (42) and Guilherand-Barns (07). With an ancient tradition, the white or red wine formerly known as "Wine Purple" is tasted at the court of Charlemagne. More than 20 growers are located on the Tournonais you and share their passions during tastings to those who want it. Every Friday from May to September at 16h, the Tourist Office offers days of Tournon "Open House cellars" for individuals who want it. Privileged terroir, the Tournonais also stands out thanks to its many producers of cheeses, honey, traditional charcuterie, organic products ... This is an opportunity for unforgettable encounters with the locals.


SIGHTSEEING

  • The castle-museum:
  • The "Tournon" have left many testimonies through various monuments like the castle that stands today in a lecture at the heart of the city. They have beautifully embellished from the 13th to the 16th century the original structure. Today is a Castle Museum open from 20 March to 30 November.
  • The Chateau de Tournon is a listed building under the Historic Monuments and is the setting for a museum label museum of France.
  • Its massiveness, its elevated position gives it an imposing appearance. Built mainly between the 14th and 16th century architecture reflects the evolution of society, between the medieval period and the beginnings of the Renaissance.
  • Once through the heavy wooden door studded, once preceded by a portcullis, one enters the courtyard. It was here that originates the castle's history. The huge wall on the right is the last testimony of medieval keep, later called St. Just castle which dates from the 10th century. Next to him, the large main building reflects the architectural evolution of the building: a lighter weight and a concern for decoration are visible. The many windows and transom windows are a good example. In the main building of the lords lived Tournon. An inventory drawn up in the middle of the 17th century, when the last descendant died, shows the importance of property owned by the family at the time. A library, rich in some 800 volumes, hundreds of paintings, antique medals, marble statues and busts, tapestries, furniture and many other precious objects still enriched the castle rooms. Emptied of its wealth, the castle was from the mid 17th century as a prison. The rooms had to be furnished, the castle changed (bars, prison doors) and adapted. In the 1930s, the prison is closed and service of Historic Monuments carries out a restoration of the building. It was at this time that germinated the idea of ​​a museum housed within it. In 1928, the General Union of Rhodaniens Museum inaugurates the Rhone first installed in the chapel on the south terrace and the castle. The current museum has maintained this focus throughout several rooms related to the theme Rhone but its collections are diversified and enriched by donations and bequests.
  • Rich with a thousand objects, the collections include big names of artists, Raoul Dufy Gimond through Marcel André Lhote. They allow to address a variety of fields: fine arts, decorative arts, history, architecture, science and technology ... Each year the museum offers the public an exhibition of contemporary art.
  • Related Items, a botanical garden in the heart of the city "Eden Park" or Garden of Eden:
  • Eden Park is a peaceful place, which dominates the center of Tournon with a magnificent panorama. From the top of his gazebo, a generous view of the Rhone, the castle and vineyards of Tain l'Hermitage captivates you.
  • Vestige of the park of the former convent of the Cordeliers and Notre Dame, the place is a magical place. Small bridges, turn, river, various species of trees, a peaceful haven where you can stroll and rest in peace. Covering an area of ​​one hectare, the park has retained its original charm. Privileged place of religion, it is surrounded by ancient walls, narrow paths and a stream that originates from the top of the mountain. Small bridges are still present, as well as remains of ancient dwellings. Steps lead up to the belvedere, crossed by the shaded areas of trees that dominate the set, the visitor can imagine the gentle, soothing atmosphere that this place could get to meditation.
  • Place of scenic beauty: this park overlooking the city of Tournon, and offers an incomparable view of the Rhone river, natural separation with its twin town of Tain l'Hermitage. The vineyards of the Hermitage gives a great character to the site by their exposure espalier along the opposite bank. The wildness of the park is domesticated by the search for purity in the presentation of different botanical families, the weather will develop. The stamp, the magic of the site, stone, water, sculpture called the painter, the composer who earned degrees by the charm of a nature hardly tame. Through poetry site, and the creation of a botanical garden, it will become a place of life for children, families, seniors, tourists and foreign cruise lines but also artists.
Detailed information
Information pointsTourist Office of Tournon-sur-Rhône
Leisure centresGarden of Eden,   Museum of the Rhône
MonumentsCastle of Tournon,   Church Saint-Julien
Performance hallsCinema-Theatre Ciné Théâtre

EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS

  • Artistic Encounters of another time! The Tournonais is a land that offers to see and vibrate! When Tournonais white dresses and sequins, fans of shows of all kinds, "classical music or polyphonic", "theatrical and musical journey," or simply "theater and contemporary music", will certainly find their joy through the various major appointment of the territory. In this city of art and culture, one is plunged "timeless".
  • The Festival "Fest'rout": the last weekend of June. This outdoor festival devoted to music and say today, has over the years, find its "cruising speed". Located in the heart of the town of Tournon, he became a key event in the Ardèche.
  • The Festival "Vochora" in July. Halfway between "vocal and choral," Vochora was created in 1998. The festival takes place mainly in July in Tournon, port and main festival partner common, but in Tain-Hermitage, sister-city of the left bank, and several towns in the Valley of the Sweet and Upper Vivarais.
  • The National Festival of Comedians: late August. It is a real wave of fun and laughter that is established in the late summer with the National Festival of Comedians. Bursting the Limits of Tournonais to invade the country of Tain l'Hermitage and the Doux Valley and even beyond, it offers a program of comedy and crazy eclectic. Undoubtedly a moment of conviviality which gives it its reputation since its inception. Now the festival has grown regional transporting us to the pleasure of performing arts and culture shared.
  • The Shakespeare Festival in July. In the heart of Castle Tournon becoming a real opportunity for the theater "Elizabethan", the Shakespeare Festival spreads its wings throughout the period of July: outdoor stage, theater, concerts, creative workshops, pub, artistic meetings Every night ... on open-air stage (as was the scene of the Globe Theatre of Shakespeare) the courtyard of the castle hosts an original staging of a masterpiece of the English playwright, plus it is quite possible to extend this state of grace right next door with a musical evening in the cellar / pub. Legend even Helene de Tournon had inspired the character of Ophelia in "Hamlet" by Shakespeare that he wrote in 1601 in reading the memoirs of Queen Marguerite de Valois.
  • But Tournon is not forgetting its famous Onion August 29 each year for over 700 years! This fair is a very old tradition. More than a thousand exhibitors are present that day. To see absolutely!
  • Eden Park, the Garden of Eden offers all summer from June 1, her events: theater, concerts, exhibitions, storytelling, days of the garden ... Information on the website of the Eden Park.

ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND

  • The Tournonais:
  • Heir to the Rhone Valley proud sentinel, was stunned by the Tournonais southern scents, fleshy apricot (the famous "Bergeron"), and nestles in the heart of famous vineyards (St Joseph) and broad plains, ideal space for the cultivation of orchards and fruit trees (cherry, apricot, peach). It clings fast to wild trays, giving a very diverse environments, as a mosaic of spaces, reliefs and colors. The famous "onion Tournon" has benefited significantly from these natural resources within floodplains. Moreover, since the 14th century, the great "show with onion" which takes place every August 29, continues in full swing with over 1,000 exhibitors at the heart of the town of Tournon.
  • The vineyards are also an integral part of the scenery with terraced crops remarkable. These steep slopes marking the boundary between the valley and plateaus. In September, the grapes are picked by hand and still the product of these crops is only happiness. The cradle of the AOC "St Joseph" is at Mauves. It is a red or white wine with flavors of leather and liquorice. It all goes perfectly well stews.
  • The Tournonais is also distinguished by its many beautiful roads "in the balcony," one of them, is called the "Corniche du Rhone", it offers a wonderful perspective on the intricacies of the Rhone, the plains, orchards, vineyards and the foothills of the Alps. Of course, this view would not be complete without mentioning the "Gorges du Doux" and "from tanks Duzon". The Gorges du Doux are distinguished by their wild sides and preserved, and now are revealed to hikers. The tanks of Duzon form magnificent "pots" bubbling, giving the impression that the river emerges from nowhere. Of course, many marked trails allow visitors to discover the wonders of nature.
  • A land of adventure "Nature"! The "star" here is hiking in all its forms. It is a land dotted with trails (directional signage) also accessible to bikers and the riders. Unprecedented hike organized with logistics and supply is also another way to indulge in the discovery of a territory. Thanks to the "Walk in the Country Sweet" organized by the Tourist Office Tournonais each year on the last weekend of March, on a different common.
  • The bike is a real joy to let go the back roads scenic, winding, and the quiet Tournonais. They are to be discovered both in the context of family walks, and for fans of the little queen! In addition to the famous race "the Ardèche" (existing since 1988), the bike takes on another dimension when, starting from Saint-Félicien it comes off the roads of Tournonais or elsewhere.
  • The Rhône and the Gentle, are also excellent fishing throughout the year (predator fishing, fry or trout). The Sweet and preserved wildlife is a must for fishing enthusiasts but also "lazy", and for the most active, the Rhone also lends itself to the pleasures of canoeing (downhill Vion Tournon regular season) or explore the banks of the Rhone in boats cruise (April-October, between Valencia and Tournon for a pleasant cruise meals per day). In the lull of summer, the departure of Tournon are offered towards Saint-Vallier to the north through the lock at Gervans, and along the famous "King's table" (in memory of Louis the ninth on the way the Crusades, taking hungry, he ordered food and wine of the country and feasted on the rock).
  • Highest in Sweet Valley, the village of Boucieu-le-Roi, as its name indicates, was founded by a king, Philip the Fair establishing the only royal bailiwick or "royal court of justice" by becoming Vivarais hence, the capital of Upper Vivarais. Its history is traced through a permanent exhibition, "Tradition Vivaroise" at the entrance of the village. Many tours are offered by the Tourist Office Tournonais (minimum 5 persons and by appointment) or on certain days during the season.
Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Hot-air balloon flight in the ArdècheNature and the outdoorsFrom 169 € to 210 €Annonay (24 km)

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Castle Museum Tournon-sur-RhôneCastle Museum Tournon-sur-Rhône
 
Overview of common Tournon-sur-RhôneOverview of common Tournon-sur-Rhône
Hotel de la TouretteHotel de la Tourette
 
Church St. Julien, former collegiateChurch St. Julien, former collegiate
View from the castle-museum, Tournon-sur-RhôneView from the castle-museum, Tournon-sur-Rhône
 
Castle Museum of Tournon-sur-RhôneCastle Museum of Tournon-sur-Rhône
Tournon, at the confluence of the Sweet and RhoneTournon, at the confluence of the Sweet and Rhone
 
The Sweet ValleyThe Sweet Valley
Eden Park, the Garden of EdenEden Park, the Garden of Eden
 
Eden Park BabysittersEden Park Babysitters
The laundry Eden ParkThe laundry Eden Park
 
The Onion Tournon-sur-RhôneThe Onion Tournon-sur-Rhône
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A quiet corner Eden Park, the Garden of Eden to Tournon-sur-RhôneA quiet corner Eden Park, the Garden of Eden to Tournon-sur-Rhône

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WEATHER

Friday 22 August
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Saturday 23 August
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Sunday 24 August
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RESTAURANTS

 
French cuisine restaurantLe Château  
7.4
Tournon-sur-Rhône
Located on the banks of the Rhone, opposite the slopes of the Hermitage Restaurant du Chateau welcomes you for a relaxing gourmet. You can enjoy a traditional French and regional cuisine...
Located in Tournon-sur-Rhône28 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantChâteau de Fontager
Serves-sur-Rhône
Château de Fontager In the restaurant, our Chef will pamper guests from near and far to enjoy gourmet cuisine. The lounges and dining rooms invite intimacy, while the restaurant can...
Located 500 m from Tournon-sur-Rhône34 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Tournesol  
9.3
Tournon-sur-Rhône
Leah and Cyril welcome you in a frame decorated with wood and stone walls. Orchestrated by Chef Cyril, enjoy delicious cuisine made with fresh, seasonal produce. On sunny days, enjoy...
Located in Tournon-sur-Rhône25 € per person 

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BED & BREAKFASTS

 
Farm with 3 bedroomsFerme de la cartara    
7.7
Colombier-le-Jeune
Cartara welcomes you in the Ardeche... ... In English, German, Dutch and French... Of course! Located 20 minutes from the Rhone Valley and the famous vineyards of St Joseph, Hermitage...
Located 9.1 km from Tournon-sur-Rhône62 € the double room 
Farm with 4 bedroomsFerme Robin    
9.3
Marsaz
Ferme Robin is quietly situated and has 5 acres of terrain. The hilly countryside offers beautiful views on the Vercors and the Ardèche. You can take endless walks, cycle, play golf,...
Located 10.8 km from Tournon-sur-Rhône55 € the double room 
House with 4 bedroomsLa veyrardiere  
Saint-Donat-sur-l'Herbasse
House charming beautiful spaces in the rooms, the decor of the rooms is made by Josiane the property owner who is a painter, painted walls and patinas rooms will seduce you throughout...
Located 12.8 km from Tournon-sur-Rhône110 € the double room 

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VACATION RENTALS

 
House for 8 personsLa Grange des Vosserts  
9.6
Chantemerle-les-Blés
In the region of 'Drome des Collines', famous for its apricots and its wineries, you will find a comfortable family house, on the owners' farm land (apricots fields). The villa can...
Located 5.6 km from Tournon-sur-RhôneFrom 450 € to 510 € per week 
Farm for 7 personsGîte La Rostignière  
9.6
Saint-Barthélemy-de-Vals
Located near the vineyards of Hermitage and the heart of apricot orchards, you will stay in a newly renovated cottage (opened since 05/14/12) in an old farmhouse. Village 3 km (doctor,...
Located 9.7 km from Tournon-sur-RhôneFrom 460 € to 530 € per week 
House for 4 personsLe Mas à Saint-Victor  
9.1
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Saint-Victor
Nature lover... You are one of those who love hiking, discover the forest to find the calm and cool and get some mushrooms or chestnuts... The bike rides... You lulled by birdsong the...
Located 12.6 km from Tournon-sur-RhôneFrom 280 € to 390 € per week 

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CAMPSITES

 
94 places over 2,5 haCamping Les Sables    
8.4
Tournon-sur-Rhône
Camping Les Sables, for holidays and family-friendly in the Ardèche, with children club, mini golf, multi sports. Every day tournament is organized (football, volleyball, petanque...)...
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40 places over 1,2 haCamping de la vallée du doux    
9.2
Boucieu-le-Roi
Josephine and Alain will welcome you into their campsite ** ardeche in green along the soft, for lovers of fishing, hiking, mountain biking, with many sites touristiques. Avec a warm...
Located 13.4 km from Tournon-sur-RhôneFrom 15 € to 18 € per day 
85 places over 2 haLes ulezes  
Saint-Donat-sur-l'Herbasse
Come and see our campsite in Drôme. A warm welcome, a friendly family atmosphere, comfortable quality, accommodation, set in an enviable location betweenVercors and Provence. We will...
Located 13.9 km from Tournon-sur-RhôneFrom 14.50 € to 19 € per day 

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HOTELS

Azalées - Hotel in Tournon-sur-RhôneAzalées     
7.9
Tournon-sur-Rhône
Located in Ardèche in Tournon-sur-Rhone, this hotel is open all year round for a comfortable and warm holiday. The hotel Les Azalées offers a warm and friendly welcome. All rooms are...
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Inter-Hotel Les Amandiers - Hotel in Tournon-sur-RhôneInter-Hotel Les Amandiers     
8.7
Tournon-sur-Rhône
Located in Tournon-Sur-Rhone, just a 15-minute drive from Valence, Inter-Hotel Les Amandiers offers clean and comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome. The helpful, friendly staff...
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Hôtel Le Manoir - Hotel in Tournon-sur-RhôneHôtel Le Manoir     
7.7
Tournon-sur-Rhône
Hôtel Le Manoir is located in the countryside, a 20-minute drive from Valence in the Drôme department. It offers direct access to the river with a private bathing site and an outdoor...
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Hôtel Mas de l'Espaïre
Mas de l'Espaïre is located in the peaceful garrigue, next to the Site Naturel de Bois de Paiolive and 5 km from Les Vans. Set in a 2.5 hectare park, it...
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