Medieval villages

Marsanne

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Soyans

Going up the "calade" (cobbled street) of old Soyans is like stepping back in time or leafing through a history book.
Between two rows of houses, often dated, sometimes decorated with sculpture, the walker arrives in front of the imposing old gate of the ramparts housing the small chapel of Saint Philomène. A staircase leads up to the ruins of the castle which dominates the Roubion gorges.
This veritable "eagle's nest" was one of the most important castles in the Drôme but suffered from the wars of religion and the French Revolution. Next to it, the beautiful Romanesque Saint Marcel church houses original frescoes. From the top, the view of the mountain of Saoû is exceptional.
Below the village, the Roubion offers a spectacular natural setting that calls for swimming.

Crest

From the top of the Tour de Crest, the highest keep in France at 52 meters, take in one of the most beautiful views of the valley.
A flagship monument of our territory, the Tower offers you a remarkable example of monumental architecture.
In this country characterized by its gastronomy, you will have the opportunity to taste Défarde, a dish made from lamb tripe;or La Couve, a shortbread flavored with orange. Local producers will delight you in the markets or on the farm.
Crest and its region also offers a fine collection of artisans and galleries, which contribute to making the region an essential stopover on the know-how route in Drôme.
Also appreciate the Drôme river by taking the time to stroll along the banks or to cool off in its turquoise waters!

Taulignan

The 13th-15th century castral village lived around its castle (destroyed in 1793), sheltered from the fortifications which still mark the medieval landscape of the site.
Eleven of the fourteen towers which defended the walls have been preserved, as well as the north gate, or Anguille gate, flanked by two towers connected by a gallery on machicolations. The village is home to many Renaissance facades and houses from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The "Medieval Christmas Market" takes place in Taulignan every year. Many craftsmen exhibitors are present in the streets of the village with various activities.

Châtillon en Diois

In Châtillon-en-Diois, it is the lapping of 17 fountains with stone pools that accompanies strolls in the rapes (small alleys) of this medieval village, labeled botanical village.
In the Glandasse mountain, the Cirque d'Archiane and its impressive limestone cliffs, marking the southern end of the Vercors Regional Natural Park is another grandiose site not to be missed.
In Châtillon-en-Diois, it is the lapping of 17 fountains with stone pools that accompanies strolls in the rapes (small alleys) of this medieval village, labeled botanical village.
In the Glandasse mountain, the Cirque d'Archiane and its impressive limestone cliffs, marking the southern end of the Vercors Regional Natural Park is another grandiose site not to be missed.



Nyons

"The only difference between Nyons and Paradise is that in Nyons, we are very much alive" said René Barjavel. A native of the country, he grew up on these lands surrounded by olive trees at the foot of the Baronnies Provençales. Nyons, classified among "The Most Beautiful Detours of France", is nicknamed "the little Nice" because of its microclimate with Mediterranean air.
Shaded plots and café terraces, arcades and shops, Roman bridge over the Eygues river, old mills: everything is there, and even the traditional Provencal Thursday morning market (one of the most beautiful in the Drôme). Nyons oil and olives of course (produced in PDO), truffles, honey, lavender, organic fruits and vegetables, wines, lime trees and aromatic plants: an anthology of colors, smells and flavors.
The small tourist town of Nyons is classified among ""The Most Beautiful Detours in France"".
Unique and unusual: La Scourtinerie, the last manufacturer in France of scourtins, small flat baskets woven in coconut fiber used as a filter for the extraction of olive oil.
Want to party ? Take part in the Alicoque (festival of new oil) on the 1st Sunday in February or at the Olivades in July!