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Pop. : 31.320 h Elevation : 81 m
If you’re looking to park in Montélimar, the "Allées provençales" laid out in 1995 are the best place, with their numerous shaded car parks.
Now you’re all set to start exploring the town, starting with a stroll through the vast public garden planted with centuries old trees. Then walk along one of the pedestrian streets taking you to the market square, previously the wheat square and now brimming with the smells of Provence.
Especially on a Saturday, with its market stalls of local produce, olive oils and goat’s cheese, fabrics and pottery, not forgetting the famous local delicacy, the inevitable nougat of Montélimar.
In addition the whole of Montélimar’s historic centre is pedestrian, making it very pleasant with its long streets lined with all kinds of shops.
To end your walking tour take a look at the Porte St Martin (1763), a perfect example of the old town gates that were used when the town was still enclosed by its walls, before returning to the car park at “Les Allées Provençales”.
built by them, perched on the hill in a large park, which can be reached on foot or by car, and which is definitely worth visiting.
The Adhémar castle constitutes one of the most important examples of medieval architecture in this part of the Rhône Valley, and is also a rare example of a residential palace built in the Romanesque period.
After hosting several major modern art exhibitions (Miro, Braque, Chagall, Masson), the Adhémar castle now houses a contemporary art centre with an ambitious programme : five exhibitions every year, including one of international renown during the summer season.
Finally, did you know that one of Montélimar’s mayors subsequently became president of the French Republic? It was right at the start of the 20th century, and his name was Émile Loubet.
Historical remains worth visiting/seeing :Adhémar Castle
(Historic Monument, 11th-16th century),
its chapel (11th century)
and Contemporary Arts centre.
Museum of miniatures.
Arnaud Soubeyran Nougat Museum.
Palace of Sweets and Nougat
International Sweet Factory Museum.
European fighter aircraft museum
(US, Soviet, British, Italian and French jet fighters,
some of which are the only such aircraft
in France and are in a state of airworthiness).
House of Diane de Poitiers,
Sainte-Croix collegial church, Porte Saint-Martin.
Leisure activities :Canoë-kayak on the Drôme river
or in the Ardèche Gorges.
Golf course on the Valdaine estate.
Aquatic centre. Nautical and leisure activities centre.
Hiking. Bicross track.
Mini golf. Karting track.
Local delicacies :
Gerbe d'or - Black nougat,
nougatine, chocolate and calissons.
Accommodation :16 Hotels. Bed & breakfast.
Gîtes. - Farmhouses and villas available to rent.
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