Liven up your holidays!

Montélimar

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Drôme

Montélimar - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Drôme
7.2
29

Located south of Valence, Montélimar is a welcoming city in Provençale Drôme. A legendary stop on the Route Nationale 7 road, the city is famed for its nougat and is the uncontested capital of this sweet treat.

Steeped in history, Montélimar possesses some beautiful built heritage represented by its flagship monument: the Adhémar Castle. Built on top of a hill, it overlooks the city and offers magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Once a medieval palace, its Southern Romanesque architecture dates back to the 12th century. Some fine reminders of its past still stand today, like a fortified enclosure with a wall walk on top, a seigniorial lodge, a chapel and a keep. At the end of the 16th century, it became a bastioned citadel then a prison until 1926. Today, it is a contemporary art centre that hosts temporary exhibitions. At the foot of the castle is a park where you can make the most of its splendour and take a pleasant stroll.

Continue your tour of Montélimar with a leisurely walk along the pedestrian streets in its historic centre filled with shops. There are still a number of old mansions to see, like the Renaissance-style house of Diane de Poitiers, dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. There's also the 17th-century Hôtel du Puy-Montbrun and the 18th-century Hôtel de Chabrillan. The St. Martin Gate, made of stone, is one of the last remnants of the ramparts. Rebuilt in the 18th century, the Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross (Sainte-Croix) still has its bell tower and choir from the 16th century. Around the church, enjoy the streets of shops and town squares with terraces where you can soak up the city's lively atmosphere!

Another famous spot in Montélimar is the Allées Provençales, avenues planted with plane trees and dotted with cafés next to a pleasant park. Popular with children, this huge park with century-old trees has a small farm, a large duck pond, a playground and a merry-go-round.

Culture enthusiasts mustn't miss the Saint-Martin Museum of Contemporary Art, which hosts a temporary exhibition every summer featuring big names in contemporary art.

Your trip to Montélimar will also be a trip back to your childhood days. Start with the Palace of Sweets and Nougat, a fun interactive space for children and grown-ups. Then head to the Museum of Miniatures. Based in an old chapel, this attraction devoted to the art of miniature-making has a very fine collection of dolls' houses. And of course, don't forget to stop by one of the city's many nougat shops!

Additional information
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.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments
Performance halls
Transport

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.

Round Park
The Fête du Faubourg
Forward: Electro Deluxe
Montelimar Agglo Festival Alain Souchon and Zazie
Montelimar Agglo Festival M.Pokora
Montelimar Agglo Festival Master GIMS
Postponed - Election 2020 Miss Drôme
Montelimar Color Lavender
Music Kiosk
La Folie des Années 80

Photos

Adhemar Castle
Adhemar Castle
See photo
Market place
Market place
See photo
Montélimar Lavender color, the biggest lavender party
Montélimar Lavender color, the biggest lavender party
See photo
The garden of scents - Saint Martin
The garden of scents - Saint Martin
See photo
View from the historical N7
View from the historical N7
See photo
Nougat factory of the Palace of Sweets and Nougat
Nougat factory of the Palace of Sweets and Nougat
See photo
Era N7, National Museum 7
Era N7, National Museum 7
See photo
Palace of Sweets and Nougat
Palace of Sweets and Nougat
See photo
Montélimar Terra Potiers, the last weekend of April
Montélimar Terra Potiers, the last weekend of April
See photo
Era N7, National Museum 7
Era N7, National Museum 7
See photo
Palace of Sweets and Nougat, seen from above
Palace of Sweets and Nougat, seen from above
See photo
Palace of Sweets and Nougat - Candy Store and Souvenirs
Palace of Sweets and Nougat - Candy Store and Souvenirs
See photo
Outdoor space at the Palace of Sweets and Nougat
Outdoor space at the Palace of Sweets and Nougat
See photo
Car clubs in stage on the N7
Car clubs in stage on the N7
See photo
Distillery of Limonade 1920s
Distillery of Limonade 1920s
See photo
Visit of the Nougat Factory of the Palace of Sweets and Nougat
Visit of the Nougat Factory of the Palace of Sweets and Nougat
See photo
The House of Toys at the Palace of Candy and Nougat
The House of Toys at the Palace of Candy and Nougat
See photo
The playful world of the Palais des Bonbons and Nougat
The playful world of the Palais des Bonbons and Nougat
See photo
The old school at the Palais des Bonbons and Nougat
The old school at the Palais des Bonbons and Nougat
See photo

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Restaurants

Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals

Campsites

Hotels

Your holidays
A hotel
A vacation rental
A bed & breakfast
A campsite
A leisure activity
A restaurant
A rental car
A plane ticket
By continuing to browse our site, you are agreeing to the use of cookies to improve your experience and make targeted offers.
Find out more and make settings