Perched on a rocky spur like a sentinel, Crussol Castle, in the commune of Saint-Péray, looks down majestically on the Rhône Valley. Visible from afar, the remains of this 12th-century medieval fortress, which stands in a conservation area listed by Natura 2000, can also be admired close up, if you go on foot along a path which begins at the castle car park. This takes about a half-hour each way. As well as its ramparts, keep and ruined stately home, there you can admire a superb panoramic view of the Rhône plain and the city of Valence!
Every last weekend in June, Crussol celebrates its festival, a fun social event dedicated to the Middle Ages, with a medieval encampment, events with horses and falcons, and a sound and light show...
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Sentinel, standing on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Rhone valley, the fortress of Crussol controlled communication channel, busy, since the highest antiquity.
In the 10th century, the Norman invasions, plundering raids of the Saracens forced the lords to build strong houses, to defend their lands and protect their populations ...
First mention of the existence of a castle Crussol appears in a charter of Cartulary of the Abbey of Saint-Chaffre in 936. The castle in its present form is the work of Gerald Bast.
The vegetation consists of lawn Crussol dry, evergreen oak, heath on marl, limestone scree of pubescent oak and even in small amounts. Many habitats are of interest including: steppe grasslands in particular sub-continent, called also lawn orchids, most of which are protected by French law.