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The Crest Tower

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Drôme

The Crest Tower - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Drôme
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25 km south of Valence, in Drôme, lies the medieval city of Crest, the gateway to the Vercors Regional Nature Park. It has a historical curiosity that attracts many visitors: the highest keep in France, once part of a medieval castle. Standing on a rocky spur at a height of 52 metres, the Crest Tower was the major component of a fortress in the 12th century. Owned by several noble families over the centuries, including the Grimaldi family, princes of Monaco, it became a prison until the 19th century before being bought by the town of Crest and becoming a listed Historic Monument.

The impressively large Crest Tower is open to the public every day in the summer, for independent or guided tours. Don't miss the unobstructed view from the top, a stunning panorama of the Drôme Valley and the Vercors foothills!

Daredevils and thrill-seekers can try out an unusual activity: abseiling down the tower, supervised by qualified climbing instructors.

Opening timesMonday: 10:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Thursday: 10:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Friday: 10:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Saturday: 10:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Sunday: 10:00 AM – 07:00 PM
AddressChemin du Donjon, Crest
Telephone+33 4 75 25 32 53
Official sitewww.tourdecrest.fr

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The Crest Tower

Abseiling for the reckless every weekend in the summer season. Thrill guaranteed!

First access threshold in the fortress, seen from the (© JE)
First access threshold in the fortress, seen from the (© JE)
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Panorama Sud-Est, from the summit of the donjon (© JE)
Panorama Sud-Est, from the summit of the donjon (© JE)
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Descent from the Crest Tower
Descent from the Crest Tower
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Second entrance threshold into the Crest tower (© JE)
Second entrance threshold into the Crest tower (© JE)
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Crest Keep (© JE)
Crest Keep (© JE)
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Poem on the tower (© JE)
Poem on the tower (© JE)
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First staircase to access the tower (© JE)
First staircase to access the tower (© JE)
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Tower room with arcades, on a reversed roof (© JE)
Tower room with arcades, on a reversed roof (© JE)
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