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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Drôme

Die - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Drôme
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Commune of the Drôme, Die takes place at two hours from Lyon and at about sixty kilometers from Valence. It takes place at the foot of the Vercors plateau, in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Vercors and Pays diois.

Populated since the Neolithic, the territory of Die is also an ancient Roman city as evidenced by the many remains found on site. Today important tourist city, it takes place in the heart of the country of the Clairette and Crémant of Die, both AOC, and allows to appreciate many culinary specialties as the picodon, the honey of lavender, the nuts or the Sassenage blue.

Very popular with visitors to the region, the city of Die is an opportunity to admire a rich historical heritage spanning several centuries.

Geographical information

MunicipalityDie
Postcode26150
Latitude44.7510360 (N 44° 45’ 4”)
Longitude5.3705360 (E 5° 22’ 14”)
AltitudeFrom 367m to 1841m
Surface area57.28 km²
Population4828 inhabitants
Density84 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureValence (42 mi, 1h11)
Insee code26113
IntercommunalityCC du Diois
DepartmentDrôme
TerritoryDauphiné, Drôme-Ardèche
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alps

Nearest cities & towns

Romeyer3.5 mi (9 min)
Chamaloc4.3 mi (10 min)
Ponet-et-Saint-Auban4.3 mi (14 min)
Solaure en Diois4.9 mi (11 min)
Laval-d'Aix5 mi (12 min)
Marignac-en-Diois5.1 mi (13 min)
Sainte-Croix5.2 mi (9 min)
Saint-Roman6 mi (11 min)
Pontaix6.7 mi (11 min)
Recoubeau-Jansac8 mi (12 min)
Barnave8.1 mi (13 min)
Saint-Andéol8.5 mi (18 min)
Vachères-en-Quint8.6 mi (19 min)
Châtillon-en-Diois8.8 mi (16 min)

Things to see and do

Die has several Gallo-Roman remains testifying to its antiquity and its great wealth like the ramparts of the third and fourth centuries. The walls, which are 3.60 meters thick, were two kilometers long and are now classified as Historical Monuments. Do not miss the Saint-Marcel gate, the main gate of the city, built in the third century and also classified.

Listed as a Historic Monument, the Notre-Dame Cathedral dates from the 12th century. From the original church, it has retained a Romanesque porch, as well as a southern wall. It was largely rebuilt in the seventeenth century, due to the damage suffered during the Reformation.

While strolling in the city, you will also be able to admire the Romanesque mosaic of the four rivers in the chapel Saint-Nicolas of the former episcopal palace which offers a symbolic representation of the universe and has been classified with the cultural heritage, the protestant temple located in an old Jesuit chapel of the eighteenth century and listed as a Historical Monument, or the Abbey of Valcroissant. Also classified as an historic monument, this building was founded at the end of the 12th century and dissolved with the French Revolution. Partly in ruins, it still has a cloister surrounded by an abbey church and monastic buildings.

Other classified or registered sites can also be appreciated in the municipality of Die like the Château Saint-Laurent, the house of the notary Chambron, the Renaissance houses, the presbytery, the bastides of Vaux and Sallières or of the 11th century tower in the Rue de l'Armellerie.

The only vestige of the old episcopal castle transformed into a Marian chapel in the 19th century, the tower of Purgnon deserves a stop.

Labeled Museum of France, the museum of Die and Diois offers archaeological and historical collections dating back to the Neolithic. It takes place in an old mansion of the eighteenth century and reveals including taurobolic altars listed as Historical Monuments. The ensemble is open to the public from April to October.

The animal park Jardin des Découvertes presents an incredible butterfly farm in the heart of a greenhouse to discover rare specimens.

Lovers of gastronomy will also be able to discover Clairette's cellars.

Places of interest

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Events and festivities

Photos

Die General view
Die General view
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restored Tower, street walls (© JE)
restored Tower, street walls (© JE)
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Roman polygonal tower (© Jean Espirat)
Roman polygonal tower (© Jean Espirat)
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Porte Saint-Marcel, seen from the outside (© JE)
Porte Saint-Marcel, seen from the outside (© JE)
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Gallo-Roman rampart North (© JE)
Gallo-Roman rampart North (© JE)
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old door Sainte-Agathe, now closed (© JE)
old door Sainte-Agathe, now closed (© JE)
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Porte Saint-Marcel, inside view of the city (© Jean Espirat)
Porte Saint-Marcel, inside view of the city (© Jean Espirat)
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West bulwark bottom Tour (© JE)
West bulwark bottom Tour (© JE)
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Gallo-Roman Northern wall and tower Sainte-Agathe (© JE)
Gallo-Roman Northern wall and tower Sainte-Agathe (© JE)
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Gallo-Roman rampart Northeast (© JE)
Gallo-Roman rampart Northeast (© JE)
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Rampart West (© JE)
Rampart West (© JE)
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Rampart Gallo-Roman West (© JE)
Rampart Gallo-Roman West (© JE)
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Gallo-Roman rampart and second Southeast tower (© JE)
Gallo-Roman rampart and second Southeast tower (© JE)
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reuse blocks in the western rampart (© JE)
reuse blocks in the western rampart (© JE)
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Cathedral of Our Lady (© JE)
Cathedral of Our Lady (© JE)
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Cathedral of Our Lady (© JE)
Cathedral of Our Lady (© JE)
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Nave of the cathedral (© JE)
Nave of the cathedral (© JE)
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walnut Chair of the Cathedral (© JE)
walnut Chair of the Cathedral (© JE)
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Altar of the Cathedral (© JE)
Altar of the Cathedral (© JE)
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porch of the Cathedral (© JE)
porch of the Cathedral (© JE)
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Eardrum Cathedral (© JE)
Eardrum Cathedral (© JE)
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Capitals porch of the cathedral (© JE)
Capitals porch of the cathedral (© JE)
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Capitals Cathedral (© JE)
Capitals Cathedral (© JE)
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Capitals Cathedral (© JE)
Capitals Cathedral (© JE)
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Capitals Cathedral (© JE)
Capitals Cathedral (© JE)
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Capitals Cathedral (© JE)
Capitals Cathedral (© JE)
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Capitals Cathedral (© JE)
Capitals Cathedral (© JE)
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decoration of Roman arch, now incorporated into the Porte Saint-Marcel (© JE)
decoration of Roman arch, now incorporated into the Porte Saint-Marcel (© JE)
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Fountain at the West entrance to the old city (© JE)
Fountain at the West entrance to the old city (© JE)
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Fontaine on a small square of the village (© JE)
Fontaine on a small square of the village (© JE)
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Photograph of a representation of the mosaic of four rivers, displayed in the city ​​(© JE)
Photograph of a representation of the mosaic of four rivers, displayed in the city ​​(© JE)
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And hopefully, Latin motto on an old house (© JE)
And hopefully, Latin motto on an old house (© JE)
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Somebody provides Latin motto on an old house (© JE)
Somebody provides Latin motto on an old house (© JE)
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Clairette de Die, not to be missed (© JE)
Clairette de Die, not to be missed (© JE)
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bubble bar, magical place (© JE)
bubble bar, magical place (© JE)
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Information Cathedral (© JE)
Information Cathedral (© JE)
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Information Cathedral (© JE)
Information Cathedral (© JE)
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Information on the Saint-Marcel (© JE)
Information on the Saint-Marcel (© JE)
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Information on the ramparts (© JE)
Information on the ramparts (© JE)
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Weather

Thursday 20 april
Min. 9°C - Max. 23°C
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Friday 21 april
Min. 11°C - Max. 21°C
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Saturday 22 april
Min. 10°C - Max. 24°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Upie Zoo, the colourful park!
Entertainment10 € to 14 € Upie (19.6 mi)
Visit to Le Clos Fleuri park
Nature and the great outdoors3 € Chabeuil (20 mi)
Canyoning in Vercors
Sports sensations50 € Beaumont-lès-Valence (22 mi)
Stage of painting in the landscapes of Drôme Provençale
Arts and Crafts210 € Salettes (24 mi)
Visit to a truffle farm
Local flavours10 € Romans-sur-Isère (28 mi)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Vineyard circuit
HikeEasy1h00Ponet-et-Saint-Auban (3.6 mi)
The karst trail
HikeEasy3h00Vassieux-en-Vercors (10.5 mi)
Walk around Mount Aiguille
HikeIntermediate6h00Le Monestier-du-Percy (14.4 mi)
Revoulat Panoramic Viewpoint
HikeEasy2h00La Chapelle-en-Vercors (15.1 mi)
Vaunaveys Crest
HikeEasy1h30Vaunaveys-la-Rochette (16.6 mi)

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