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Montélimar

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Drôme

Montélimar - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Drôme
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Famous for its nougat, Montélimar is a peaceful and welcoming small town with its pedestrian streets and small squares, the 15th-century collegiate church of the Holy Cross (Sainte-Croix), and the Adhémar Castle, dating from the 12th, 14th and 16th centuries, which nowadays houses a contemporary art centre.

Based in an old chapel in the town centre, the Museum of Miniatures is dedicated to miniature art in all its diversity.

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Montélimar

When we talk about Montélimar, we immediately think of the nougat. However, the city has many other attractions that make it a place to visit absolutely. Nicknamed the Portes de Provence, the town is located on the promontories of Géry and Narbonne from which one dominates the plain of the valley of the Rhone. History teaches us that the place was occupied since the Neolithic. The city then crossed the ages being mainly focused on agriculture. Many revolts of the peasants ended in bloodshed until the abolition of the nobility. The war did not spare the city with the battle of Montélimar in August 1944. Now prosperous, Montélimar opens its doors to you and unveils all its mysteries.

Things to see and do

The city counts a dozen places classified to the Historic Monuments. Your walk in the past begins with the Hotel du Puy-Montbrun. You will then stroll to the side of the Arcade Gallery. Unless you prefer to reach the Chabrillan hotel or the Sainte-Croix collegiate church. The Domaine de Serre-de-Par and the Gallo-Roman thermal complex are just as remarkable as the Narbonne tower or the Porte Saint-Martin. The house called Diane de Poitiers will not leave you insensitive. Finally, the castle of the Adhémar or the Popes is composed of a medieval ensemble including a chapel of the eleventh century and a dwelling of the twelfth century. Today, the Center Contemporain has chosen to live there and you will be able to admire many exhibitions within its walls dating back several centuries. In the other vestiges of the past, you can discover the Protestant temple as well as the Notre-Dame-de-la-Rose chapel. If these buildings are not classified, they nevertheless retain a cultural attraction important because of the richness of their building.

Museums are not lacking at Montélimar. The Cabinet of Natural Sciences located in the chapel of the Carmelites will take you in the history of Montélimar. The Museum of the City / Museum of Miniatures offers permanent and ephemeral exhibitions. You will have the opportunity to discover collections on different themes. The visit of a nougaterie is an inescapable stage of Montélimar. From the harvesting of raw materials to the manufacture of nougat, at the Palais du Nougat, you will know everything about the manufacturing steps thanks to an interactive and playful visit.

For a moment of relaxation, the aquatic base of Montélimar invites you in July and August to throw you in the water. A picnic area is at your disposal as well as a petanque, basketball and soccer field. Lovers of angling can throw their corks in the fishy waters and fill their swaths of fresh fish. Beware, however, of thinking about bringing your fishing license. Hiking tours are also on offer during your stay including 2 tours available from Montélimar.

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Events and festivities

During the summer, the Sésame Festival of Montélimar hosts many artists for concerts. Music lovers will be able to discover their favorite singer during this festival of variety music. A total of 16 free concerts are held in an exciting atmosphere. Festive evening guaranteed!

In March, you will have the opportunity to attend or participate, if you are sporting, at the Corima Drôme Provençale. This bike race brings together not far from 2,000 cyclists who come to compete on the roads of the Drôme. Come cheer them in a festive and friendly atmosphere and celebrate the return of spring at the same time.

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Adhemar castle
Adhemar castle
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Market place
Market place
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Montélimar Couleur Lavande, the biggest lavender festival
Montélimar Couleur Lavande, the biggest lavender festival
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The garden scents - Saint Martin
The garden scents - Saint Martin
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Montélimar Terra Potters, the last weekend of April
Montélimar Terra Potters, the last weekend of April
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