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Montélimar

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Drôme

Montélimar - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Drôme
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An unmissable destination for sweet-lovers thanks to its famous nougat, Montélimar is located between Valence and Avignon, in the middle of Provençale Drôme, the land of lavender.

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!

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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 has about ten places classified as Historical Monuments. Your walk in the past begins with the hotel du Puy-Montbrun. You will then go for a stroll around the arcade gallery. Unless you prefer to go to 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 Contemporary Center is home and you can admire many exhibitions in its walls dating back several centuries. In other vestiges of the past, you can discover the protestant church and the Notre-Dame-de-la-Rose chapel. Although these buildings are unclassified, they nevertheless retain a significant cultural appeal because of the wealth of their buildings.

Museums are not lacking in Montélimar. A must-see and first tourist site of the city with over 130,000 visitors a year, the Palace of Sweets and Nougat plunges you back into the magical world of childhood and memories with its dedicated museums: candies, toys, Ere N7, dolls, school of yore... but also its craft nougat factory with its inevitable store!

The Cabinet of Natural Sciences located in the chapel of the Carmelites will carry 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.

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 football pitch. Lovers of fishing will be able to throw their corks into the fish-filled waters and fill their bags with fresh fish. However, be careful to bring your fishing license. Walks are also in the program of your stay including two tours offered 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 Lavender color, the biggest lavender party
Montélimar Lavender color, the biggest lavender party
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The garden of scents - Saint Martin
The garden of scents - Saint Martin
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View from the historical N7
View from the historical N7
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Nougat factory of the Palace of Sweets and Nougat
Nougat factory of the Palace of Sweets and Nougat
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Era N7, National Museum 7
Era N7, National Museum 7
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Palace of Sweets and Nougat
Palace of Sweets and Nougat
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Montélimar Terra Potiers, the last weekend of April
Montélimar Terra Potiers, the last weekend of April
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Era N7, National Museum 7
Era N7, National Museum 7
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Palace of Sweets and Nougat, seen from above
Palace of Sweets and Nougat, seen from above
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Palace of Sweets and Nougat - Candy Store and Souvenirs
Palace of Sweets and Nougat - Candy Store and Souvenirs
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Outdoor space at the Palace of Sweets and Nougat
Outdoor space at the Palace of Sweets and Nougat
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Car clubs in stage on the N7
Car clubs in stage on the N7
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Distillery of Limonade 1920s
Distillery of Limonade 1920s
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Visit of the Nougat Factory of the Palace of Sweets and Nougat
Visit of the Nougat Factory of the Palace of Sweets and Nougat
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The House of Toys at the Palace of Candy and Nougat
The House of Toys at the Palace of Candy and Nougat
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The playful world of the Palais des Bonbons and Nougat
The playful world of the Palais des Bonbons and Nougat
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The old school at the Palais des Bonbons and Nougat
The old school at the Palais des Bonbons and Nougat
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