Holiday in Drôme

Lavender fields, high mountains and rivers
During a holiday in Drôme, the holidaymaker effortlessly combines a visit to historical sights with a walk through nature. White-peaked mountains dominate the north of the department, while the south has hills dotted with olive groves and lavender fields. This versatility makes Drôme extremely suitable for outdoor sports. During the winter months you can go downhill and cross-country skiing. In the summer months you will see cyclists, hikers and mountain bikers here. The Drôme River meanders through the area. You would almost forget that there are also many cozy and historic places.

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Important addresses and telephone numbers

Address

  • 420 Chemin des Samarins, 26340 Saillans France

Supermarket:

Waste:
You can deposit your waste in the designated waste containers at the beginning of the street. There are containers for general waste, paper and glass. Store no waste outside the home because of wild animals;

Water
The cost of water in France is very high. Can you take this into account?  A small stream flows along the road side and along the driveway. A bucket of water can be taken from it to water plants.

The place is very private. Please don’t cause nuisance by making music or noise, en don’t enter the driveway with a large vehicle

Floorplan

Tourist information

Tourist information: Its river, its lavender & wellbeing ,Saoû Forest, the Tower of Crest , its hilltop villages,the Vélodrôme ( Drôme cycle path) , wild swims in rivers, “terroir” and short distribution networks, arts and crafts, the Clairette wine, the Biovallée® ( eco-friendly valley)…

The Drôme Valley abounds in pearls to be discovered but also Nice times to have. Visit: website vallee de la drome

Towns and villages

The Drôme.
A province that you often drive through, because: the Route de Soleil runs right through it. But it is also a place with incredibly beautiful nature and where you can do all kinds of things. With the Ardèche on the left, the Vercors on the right and the beginning of the Alps, this is an area with many possibilities. Read on to find out what you can do in the Drôme!

Valence

Valence is the capital of the Drôme and is very suitable for a day of shopping. After shopping you can relax in the Parc Jouvet with its green meadows and beautiful flowers. A real city park. Don’t forget to take some nice pictures at the cute Kiosque Peynet.

Crest

An old town known for its 52 meter high tower. Many excavations have been done including 596 bronze Roman coins and the remains of a Roman inn. Although the town has changed, the medieval atmosphere lingers there.

Die

The bustling town of Die is located at the foot of the Vercors. It is a tourist spot because of the beautiful surroundings and campsites in the area. In the historic center you will find, among other things, old city walls and the entrance gate from the 3rd century. In August there is the fête de la Clairette, a delicious fresh sweet sparkling wine from the Die area. Even the children have a drink in France on special occasions!

Mirmande

Right on the highway is one of the most beautiful villages in France: Mirmande. The village is built on a hill so you can see it completely from the road. You can walk through the streets and there are a number of good restaurants.

Nyons

Nyons, a city that I only recently discovered. It is a beautiful city with a lot to do. It is located in the Drôme Provençal, this is the most southern part of the Drôme. Here Provence already comes to life clearly. 

Nature

The Drôme.
A province that you often drive through, because: the Route de Soleil runs right through it. But it is also a place with incredibly beautiful nature and where you can do all kinds of things. With the Ardèche on the left, the Vercors on the right and the beginning of the Alps, this is an area with many possibilities. Read on to find out what you can do in the Drôme!

Chute de la Druise

This waterfall, literally called “the fall of the Druise”, is located in the Vercors. The drive alone is worth it. You can walk down a narrow path and stand on top of the rocks and watch the waterfall cascade down. At your own risk, because the waterfall is 70 meters high! If you walk further down you can take a refreshing dip in the icy water.

Gorges du Toulourenc

These beautiful gorges are located on the border of the Vaucluse. Climbing and scrambling over the rocks and through the river. Sometimes it can come up to your waist! So bring good shoes and a waterproof bag. (Tip: Buy an Oceanpack!) The walk is really beautiful and also very good to do (especially!) on hot days, because you always have water nearby and often also shade. The walk starts from the town of Veaux.

Vallée de la Roanne

The Vallée de la Roanne is also very beautiful. Just the route from Crest to it! The Roanne is a small river with clear blue water in some places. The piled up rocks create small waterfalls in some places. You can also swim very well here. The best spots can be found between Saint-Benoit-en-Dios and Saint-Nazaire-Le-Désert.

Vercors

The Vercors is really a beautiful nature reserve of steep cliffs, soft valleys and deep groves. It is also called “natural fortress”, which is not illogical. In the Vercors you can undertake various sports activities, such as hiking and cycling. Various animals live there, including the vulture, ibex and chamois.

Saou

The forest of Saou is a beautiful forest in the middle of a valley. You can relax on the green meadow with many picnic areas, or take a hike.

Outdoor

The Drôme.
A province that you often drive through, because: the Route de Soleil runs right through it. But it is also a place with incredibly beautiful nature and where you can do all kinds of things. With the Ardèche on the left, the Vercors on the right and the beginning of the Alps, this is an area with many possibilities. Read on to find out what you can do in the Drôme!

Via Rhôna

the Via Rhôna is a specially constructed cycle path. It runs from Geneva to the Mediterranean. The path is very well paved and mostly flat, as it runs along the river. It is really ideal for a cycling holiday. If you only want to cycle a bit, you have to remember that you cannot cycle a round and so you will take the same path back!

Tree climbing park

Go to an “Accrobranche” park. You will find this a lot in France. It is a park in the forest where you can go from tree to tree by climbing, hanging and sliding. There are different courses, from easy to difficult. I myself have been to such a park several times, it is still fun!

Go for a swim in the river

The Drôme is a small river that flows into the Rhône. You can swim in the cool water at various places. Along the road that runs from Crest to Saillans are several parking spaces where you can park your car and walk to the water. Or go for a swim in one of the small rivers that flow into the Drôme, these rivers, such as the Roanne, are super clear and the nature is very beautiful.

Riding through the Vercors

do you like horse riding? Then definitely go to the Vercors. You will find all providers on this website. You can choose a ride of 1, 2 or 3 hours, but you can sometimes also go on the road for several days or even a whole week! This way you discover the most beautiful places where you would otherwise never come.

Caving in the caves of the Vercors

Caving is an activity in which you will discover caves. In the Vercors you can go out with a guide. With good equipment including helmet and flashlight you walk through the caves and over the rocks. On the way, everything is explained and you will encounter stalactites, stalagmites and underground water. There are often different “levels”, from beginner to advanced.

Culture

The Drôme.
A province that you often drive through, because: the Route de Soleil runs right through it. But it is also a place with incredibly beautiful nature and where you can do all kinds of things. With the Ardèche on the left, the Vercors on the right and the beginning of the Alps, this is an area with many possibilities. Read on to find out what you can do in the Drôme!

Nougat process in Montélimar

The city of nougat cannot be missed on the list. Nougat must be made according to a specific recipe. In this city you can visit L’artisan nougat, where you get a free guided tour of half an hour. During this half hour the process is explained and you can taste different types of nougat. The tour is also in English.

Château de Grignan

The castle of Grignan is located in the middle of a medieval village. There are lavender fields around this village, which provides beautiful pictures. The castle is huge and you get there through a number of narrow streets. There are guided tours with Dutch translation, but you can also walk around the different rooms yourself. From the terrace you can see very far and you can even see the Mont Ventoux in the distance.

Palais ideal du Facteur Cheval

This building is one of the most special that exists. A French postman named Ferdinand Cheval made the building from different types of stones and materials that he collected himself. Various points from history have been incorporated into the building. Cheval has received support from, among others, the famous painter Pablo Picasso, because of the special and artistic character of the building. The palace is open to the public every day.

La Tour de Crest

The Crest Tower is a 52-meter-high vestige of a medieval fortress. A view of the surroundings is included in a visit.

Provencal Drôme

Lavender and corn fields are spread over this hilly area. Here are also old olive trees and oil mills. There are many small places such as Venterol, Le Garde-Adhémar, Clansayes.

Outdoor EVA Location

Eva Location is a canoe and kayak rental company on the Drôme river, but also a specialist in the supervision of outdoor activities such as water trekking, canyoning, all-terrain scooter, via ferrata and climbing. Based in Saillans, on the wild banks of the river Drôme.

A true paradise for outdoor sports amateurs, this friendly resort welcomes you thanks to its impressive range of activities for all ages and thrill seekers.

In Valdrôme there is a friendly bar- restaurant, surrounded by nature, offering you local and biological products

Walk: Les Trois Becs, Bourdeaux / Saillans

This hike is well known in the region and is a “must” for the seasoned hiker. You walk to the highest point in the area, the top “le Veyou” 1589m high and you have a beautiful view of the area. In clear weather you can even see the Mont Blanc. 

  • The walk starts at the car park on the “col de la Chaudière” on the D156. You walk from indication post to indication post.
  • Difficulty: for the experienced hiker
    Length: approximately 11 km
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Height difference: approximately 1,000 m

You start this hike at an altitude of 1070m. A beautiful hiking trail, newly constructed in 2013, takes you from the parking lot to the “pas de Sierra”. From there you follow the direction “le Veyou”. At the highest point, walk further to “Le Signal” and then to “Roche Courbe”. These are three peaks in a row, hence the name “Les Trois Becs”. You walk from top to top about 100m down and up 100m. That is why the height difference covered for the entire walk quickly rises to 1000m. From the “Roche Courbe” you descend towards the forest. Follow the piles of stones until you reach a forest path to the east, to the Pas de Floreal. At the intersection with the pole with indications towards the ‘Pré de l’âne, Pas de Sierra and Pas de Floreal, you have the choice. If you want the shortest route, go to the Pré de l’âne and towards “Pas de Sierra”. If you want another viewpoint, choose direction “Pas de Floreal” and then direction “Pas de Sierra”. At the “Pas de Sierra” you follow the same path back down towards the “Col de la Chaudière”