Peaceful and welcoming with its old pedestrian quarters and little town squares, Montélimar was conquered by the Romans before the birth of Christ. It has many treasures left over from its eventful past that are very appealing to tourists.
Its beautiful mansions are found in the historic centre: the Renaissance-style house of Diane de Poitiers, dating from the 15th and 16th centuries; the 17th-century Puy-Montbrun mansion; the 18th-century Chabrillan mansion.
The Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross, located on the site of the first church thus named in the 12th century, has been transformed and renovated many times following the destruction caused by the Wars of Religion. Another sight to see is St. Martin's Gate, built from dimension stone in the 17th century and formerly part of the city's ramparts.
In the heights of the city, the Adhémars' Castle is a 12th-century medieval palace, Romanesque in style and surrounded by ramparts. Temporary exhibitions and shows take place there. You can visit the residential palace, keep and chapel. You can buy a pass for combined admission to the castle and the St. Martin Contemporary Art Museum.
To entertain the young ones, head to the Museum of Miniatures, based in an old chapel in the city centre. Dedicated to the art of miniature-making, it has amongst other things a magnificent collection of dolls' houses.
Lastly, you can't visit Montélimar without stopping at one of its many nougat shops, to sample this unique treat made from almonds and honey…
To step back in time to your childhood days, you can also stop by the Palace of Sweets and Nougat, a fun, educational and interactive space devoted to childhood and memories… what a day out!