Valence tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: Although the famous local vineyards are the main attraction there is a great deal of interest in Valence itself

Valence is situated in the Drome department and Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Valence. For detailed visitor information see the Valence travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Valence include "town of art and history" and "ville fleurie 4*".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Valence in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

Popular places to visit nearby include Tournon-sur-Rhone at 16 km and Collegiale Saint-Barnard of Romans-sur-Isère at 18 km.

Valence, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Tain-l\'Hermitage

Tain-l'Hermitage

at 16 km (direction north-north-west)

A town for gourmands, Tain-l'Hermitage is visited for its excellent local chocolates and the...

See Tain-l'Hermitage guide
Tournon-sur-Rhone

Tournon-sur-Rhone

at 16 km (direction north-north-west), in the Ardeche department

In Tournon-sur-Rhone there are several interesting monuments to explore and also the Eden Parc...

See Tournon-sur-Rhone guide
Collegiale Saint-Barnard of Romans-sur-Isère

Collegiale Saint-Barnard of Romans-sur-Isère

Church at 18 km (direction north-east)

The collegiale church in Romans-sur-Isere is a 12th-13th century church with medieval artworks...

See Collegiale Saint-Barnard of Romans-sur-Isère guide
Romans-sur-Isere

Romans-sur-Isere

at 18 km (direction north-east)

The Collegiale church of Saint-Bernard is the highlight of a visit to the large...

See Romans-sur-Isere guide
 
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Crest

Crest

at 25 km (direction south-south-east)

The castle keep and its views are the most unmissable highlight when you visit...

See Crest guide
Mirmande

Mirmande

Most Beautiful Village at 26 km (direction south-south-west)

The medieval vilage of Mirmande retains its original ramparts and it really is one...

See Mirmande guide
Desaignes

Desaignes

at 30 km (direction west), in the Ardeche department

The ramparts, medieval gateways and village centre are the highlights of your visit to...

See Desaignes guide
Privas

Privas

at 32 km (direction west-south-west), in the Ardeche department

Privas is not a major destination but a visit is leasant when you are...

See Privas guide
Saint-Antoine-l\'Abbaye

Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye

Most Beautiful Village at 37 km (direction north-east), in the Isere department

The village of St Antoine l'Abbaye, best known for its abbey complex, is listed...

See Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye guide
Palais Ideal

Palais Ideal

at 38 km (direction north-north-east)

One of the most unusual monuments in France, the Palais-Idéal is a fantastic creation...

See Palais Ideal guide
Pont-en-Royans

Pont-en-Royans

at 38 km (direction east-north-east), in the Isere department

The centre of Pont-en-Royans, with medieval houses along the cliffs above the river gorge,...

See Pont-en-Royans guide
Montelimar

Montelimar

at 43 km (direction south-south-west)

The town of Montelimar is famous worldwide for its nougat - be sure to...

See Montelimar guide
Puygiron

Puygiron

at 43 km (direction south)

The small castle and pretty gardens add further to the charm of the small...

See Puygiron guide
Le Poet-Laval

Le Poet-Laval

Most Beautiful Village at 45 km (direction south-south-east)

The cobbled streets of ancient Le Poet-Laval are pedestrianized, which adds further to the...

See Le Poet-Laval guide

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Markets in and near Valence

Market days in Valence: weekly market: Wednesday all day & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday;

  • Valence: market Wednesday all day & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (0km)
  • Guilherand-Granges: market Friday (1km)
  • Bourg-les-Valence: market Wednesday & Sunday (1km)
  • Saint-Peray: market Wednesday (4km)
  • Portes-les-Valence: market Thursday (8km)
  • Etoile-sur-Rhone: market Wednesday (11km)
  • Chabeuil: market Tuesday (11km)
  • Tain-l'Hermitage: market Saturday (16km)
  • Tournon-sur-Rhone: market Saturday (16km)
  • La Voulte-sur-Rhone: market Friday (17km)

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Tourist attractions near Valence, France

What to do at Valence? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Valence.

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Crest (25km)
  • Vals-les-Bains (51km)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Vercors (43km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Cathédrale Saint-Apollinaire (Valence) (0km)
  • Abbatiale Sainte-Marie (Cruas) (32km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc Jouvet (0km)
  • Jardin japonais (10km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Grottes de Choranche (43km)
  • Gorges de la Bourne (45km)
  • Cascade du Moulin-Marquis (45km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Montelier (11km)
 
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Geography and distances

Valence is in the south-east of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Drome department (general information: Valence is 477 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Valence

Canton: Valence

Arrondissement: Valence

Department: Drome

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 26000

Distance to Valence

from Valence (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 477 km

from Calais: 706 km

from Nice: 233 km

from Bordeaux: 431 km

from Strasbourg: 461 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Valence from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bourg-les-Valence, Cornas, Guilherand-Granges, Malissard, Saint-Marcel-les-Valence, Saint-Peray, Soyons and Toulaud.

This page in French: Visiter Valence