Things to see and do - Valence
Unmissable tourist sites
Valence Travel guide
Valence : Michelin's recommendations
St-Apollinaire's Cathedral looms over this town founded in 2C BC. Boulevards surround a maze of picturesque streets. It is built over a series of terraces, which slope down towards the Rhone River, the generator of its progress and prosperity. Since 1452, the town has been the cradle of the university where such prestigious professors such as Cujas, had taught outstanding students like François Rabelais. Valence, an important fruit and vegetable market has diversified its activity.
Tourist attractions Valence : Things to see and do
F - 26000 Valence
Valence is the starting point of a magnificent scenic route. The D 287 will first take you past the striking site of the Château de Crussol and then on to St-Romain-de-Lerps. Here, two observation points command a splendid panorama of the entire Rhôn..
F - 07130 Valence
Ruins are all that remain of this château built in the 12C and destroyed in the 17C. A path leads up to the castle (1hr there and back). From the lookout point of the keep, the view over the Valence plain, the Bourg-lès-Valence dam and the confluence..
57 Grande-Rue F - 26000 Valence
This Renaissance dwelling (1532) is named after the four huge indoor haut-relief heads symbolising the winds. It is well worth taking a few minutes to observe the details of the profusely and originally sculptured facade. Inside there are display pan..
9, faubourg Saint-Jacques. F - 26000 VALENCE
On the way to Saint Jacques the Compostelle you find the Saint Jacques Hotel in Valence. The oldest hotel of Valence still in operation has seen lots of personalities well or less-known. In spite of the age, all the rooms are modern and have their ow..
16 Boulevard Du Général De Gaulle F - 26000 Valence
Hotel de France is located in the heart of Valence, 450 metres from the Saint-Apollinaire Cathedral. It offers contemporary accommodation with free Wi-Fi access and a large terrace. The guest rooms include air conditioning, a private bathroom with ..
23 Avenue Pierre Sémard F - 26000 Valence
Located in Valence city centre, just 50 meters from the Railway Station, this hotel features bright and soundproofed rooms with private bathroom and free Wi-Fi internet access. Hôtel de Lyon offers a buffet breakfast including croissants, buns, a l..
32 Grande-Rue F - 26000 Valence
A refined, elegant decor provides the setting for this fine gourmet restaurant. Much thought has clearly gone into each of the dishes on the menu, which are made with top-notch ingredients and great skill.
27 av. Pierre-Sémard F - 26000 Valence
16 r. des Cévennes F - 26000 Valence
Located in the lower part of the town, this hidden little gem deserves to be discovered! The chef, who is originally from Japan, prepares delicious and delicately flavoured dishes. Local specialities of the Drôme region meet the spirit of Asia!
285 av. Victor-Hugo F - 26000 Valence
1934, 1973, 2007. Following on from André and Jacques, it is now the turn of Anne-Sophie to run this restaurant, proving that the Pic family history is firmly entwined with that of excellent cuisine. The same quest for perfection, the best ingredient..
3 r. Pelleterie F - 26000 Valence
This annexe of the restaurant Flaveurs is based on a more laid-back version of the original, inviting you to discover and taste. On the menu: Spanish charcuteries, oysters, savoury éclairs, dish of the day (from the kitchens of Flaveurs), cheeses etc..
48 Grande-Rue F - 26000 Valence
Close to the fine Maison des Têtes (1532), this Parisian-style bistro serves generous portions of food and has a decor that harks back to the good old days. You may also be interested to know that Napoleon once stayed here!
285 av. Victor-Hugo F - 26000 Valence
This excellent new bistro along the famous N7 route bears the hallmarks of the famous Pic family. It features gourmet dishes, such as homemade duck terrine and gambas ravioli with ginger. A chic, lively atmosphere.