The region of Drome Provençale benefits from almost always sunny Southern France weather. Thanks to the mild weather in winter and nice warmth during summer, the local Biodiversity is typical of Provence, with infinite lavender and olive trees.
Discover the surroundings:
- Dieulefit, picturesque village 10 kms away north of Roche Saint Secret, best known for its ceramics
- Grignan, home of the largest Renaissance chateau in the South of France and where Mme de Sévigné lived and wrote some of her best works
- Montélimar, to enjoy the almond trees fields and nougat
- Nyons, olive trees fields and olive oil
- Poët-Laval, the Commandery of the Order of Malta and Protestantism museum
- Valréas, “enclave of the Popes”, its castle and its typical Roman Church from Provence
- Buis les Baronnies, international capital of linden, land of medicinal plants
And so much more!
Culture and Gastronomy
Côtes du Rhône
In the South of the Drome region and in Vaucluse, you’ll find infinite vines. The diversity of wines produced in this region will allow you to find the one that suits you best. Some recommendations: dry white wine (Côtes du Rhône, Crozes Hermitage), rosé (Tavel), voluptuous red wine (Gigondas, Châteauneuf du Pape, Vacqueyras), or sweet wine that accommodate perfectly with deserts (Baumes de Venise).
In the Drome region, 5 towns have obtained the Côtes du Rhône label (Rochegude, Rousset les Vignes, Saint Maurice, Saint Pantaléon les Vignes and Vinsobres), while 13 fantastic wines got the label “Crus de Côtes du Rhône”. Made in the South of this region (between Montelimar and Avignon), you can enjoy the following vintages: Châteauneuf du Pape (red and white), Gigondas (red and rosé), Vacqueyras (red, rosé and white), Lirac (red, rosé and white) and Tavel (rosé). You will have plenty of opportunities to savour and buy these wines directly from the producers. In La Roche Saint Secret, Roussas and Clansayes, you’ll find many organic certified and award-winning producers.
Nougat production “à l’ancienne” at Arnoud Soubeyran – Route Nationale 7 à Montélimar (Zone industrielle Sud).
Liquors / Other alcohols
ANotre Dame d’Aiguebelle Abbaye where you can taste numerous syrups and liquorish alcohols.
Guided tours at Nyons cooperative.
In La Roche Saint Secret, you’ll find many independent producers of Lavender and Rosemary Essential Oils.
Truffle house of Tricastin at St Paul Trois Châteaux: discover all you want to know on black truffle (tuber melanosporum).
In Richerenches, there is a Wine and Truffle Museum.
Truffle Market (for producers and consumers), open between mid-November and mid-March.
Clairette de Die
In the Drome Valley, around Die, numerous producers can make you taste this delicious sparkling wine typical from the region.
Guided tours and direct sales at Nyons cooperative (Vignolis).
Goat cheese exclusively produced in the region. You’ll find them in every food market of the country but also in cheese shops or supermarkets.
Cavet, in Dieulefit, master refiner of goat cheese.
Local food markets
Grignan : Tuesday
La Bégude de Mazenc : Tuesday
Saint- Paul-Trois-Châteaux : Tuesday
Buis les Baronnies : Wednesday
Valréas : Wednesday
Nyons : Thursday ( May to September, also on Sundays)
Dieulefit : Friday
Truffle markets (from mid-November to mid-March)
Grignan : Tuesday
Nyons : Thursday
Valréas : Friday
Richerenches : Saturday
Sports and other activities
Drome is a fantastic place for hiking lovers. You can either do enjoy long walks by following the hiking trails of the region or just plan a short 1-2h walk: more than 10000kms of hiking paths are accessible. You will find maps and itineraries in the tourist office and newspaper stands.
Drome is very popular to cyclists. Landscapes are extraordinary and challenges are tough on some mountain circuits. At the Tourist office and in newsstands you will find cyclomaps with 18 itineraries for experienced cyclists and 15 for beginners.
2500 kms of paths available and 26 renting centres in the surroundings. In Drome Provencale, you can get topoguide (maps).
You will find 18 holes course at Albon, Montboucher sur Jabron, Saint Didier de Charpey.
And 9 holes course at Bourg les Valence, La Chapelle en Vercors, Clansayes, Gigors and Montmeyran.
1850kms of rivers 1st category and 250kms of rivers 2nd category for fishing. For more information you can obtain the brochure “fishing in Drome” at the Tourist office.
La Drôme à Cheval reunites all the main equestrian centres of the region. Nearly 2500kms of paths for horse riding walks available.
40 climbing walls for all levels in the area. The main ones are those in Buis-les-Baronnies. All info in brochure “climbing” available at the tourist office.
Canoe and Kayaking
Sun, mountain, rapids… Rivers with important currents. Drome crosses the land of Diois. In the South, the Eygues and the Ouvere run in the landscapes of Provence de Baronnies. You can rent canoes and kayaks at Aouste (near Crest), Die and Saillans.
es rivières avec beaucoup de courant. La Drôme traverse le pays du Diois. Plus au Sud, l’Eygues et la Ouvèze coulent dans les paysages de Provence de Baronnies. Vous pouvez louer des canoës et des kayaks à Aouste (près de Crest), à Die et à Saillans.