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  • 1 Corniche du Rhône (coastal road) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 2 Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie de Valence Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    4 place des Ormeaux F - 26000 Valence

    The most interesting aspect of this museum, housed in the former bishops' palace, is the series of 97 red chalk drawings and paintings by Hubert Robert depicting views of Rome and the Roman countryside. The contemporary art section focuses on Abstrac..

  • 3 Crussol Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 4 Centre du Patrimoine Arménien Interesting

    Museums and art

    14 rue Louis-Gallet F - 26000 Valence

    Why in Valence of all places? The Armenian Heritage Centre, set up in the former law faculty close to Little Armenia, will give you all the answers. The filmed stories of genocide, exile and arrival in Valence, as related by men, women and children, ..

  • 5 House decorated with Heads Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 6 Pendentive

    Religious buildings

    Côte St-Estève F - 26000 Valence

    A small funeral monument of regular proportions built in 1548 imitating the antique. Notice the curious spear-shaped motif which surmounts the bottom angled pillars.

  • 7 Mère Maury Ravioli

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    rue Madier-de-Montçau F - 26000 Valence

    Who has not heard about the famous Valence ravioli? It is here where they are prepared, home-made, delicately perfumed with basil and what's more, they are not expensive!

  • 8 The Peynet Pavilion

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Champ-de-Mars F - 26000 Valence

    Built in 1880 in the middle of the Champ-de-Mars, it immortalises the artist Raymond Peynet (1908-1999), whose famous lovers liked to frequent the area.

  • 9 Military esplanade

    Nature and gardens

    place Aristide-Briand F - 26000 Valence

    A vast terraced esplanade looking over the Jouvet Park and the Rhone River. From the belvedere, a beautiful view of the Crussol mountains, either at sunrise or sunset.

  • 10 St-Jean's Church

    Religious buildings

    4 rue Petit-St-Jean F - 26000 Valence

    Notice the well-kept Romanesque columns on the portico of this church rebuilt in the 19C.

  • 11 St-Apollinaire's Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Côte St-Estève F - 26000 Valence

    Enormous Romanesque building, rebuilt in 17C in its original style. Inside, the Romanesque Auvergne influence is obvious; observe the depth of the transept's crosspieces, unusual in Rhone buildings.

  • 12 The Dupré-Latour House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    7 rue Perollerie F - 26000 Valence

    The inside courtyard of this residence has kept a Renaissance turret staircase. The sculptured frame of the front door is magnificent.

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