Provencal-Drome, France: villages and lavender field in Drome

Photo of Provencal Drome

The Drome - Provencal region of France is a part of the Rhone-Alps region, in the Drome department along the border with Provence. It shares many characteristics with its southern neighbour, hence the reason why the southern third of the Drome department is called 'Drome Provencal'

The region roughly covers the area between Montélimar to the west, Rosans and Orpierre to the east, and Séderon to the south-east, with other towns in the region including Grignan, Valreas, Pierrelatte, Dieulefit, Buis les Baronnies and Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux.

Explore Provencal Drome

Not so much a land of high drama as one of gentle rolling beauty, with the occasional rocky outcrop, the provencal Drome is the perfect place to take it easy and to simply relax in the lovely surroundings of quaint old villages, sunflowers and olive trees

Perhaps above all it is for the extensive lavender fields that colour the landscape blue and purple for much of the summer that the region is best known.

There are numerous small villages that dot the Drome region  - among the attractive villages are Aubres, Grignan, Dieulefit, Suze-la-Rousse, Nyons, Buis-les-Barronnies in its lovely gentle mountain setting, and Rousset-les-Vignes.

Among the most popular with visitors, the village of Montbrun-les-Bains in the south-east of the Drome-Provence is classified as a 'most beautiful village of France' as are Le Poet-Laval (east of Montelimar) and La Garde-Adhemar (south-west near Pierrelatte). Few of the little villages in the region will disappoint however, and each has something new to explore and discover.

Vaison-la-Romaine is also well placed to explore the region, although it falls just across the border in Provence.

At Grignan in south-western Drome you can also visit the remarkable Chateau de Grignan, a 17th century castle built around an earlier defensive castle that has a very substantial renaissance facade and interior courtyard and dominates the small village below from its hilltop position.

Also in this region you can visit the Chateau de Suze-la-Rousse, originally a medieval castle but mostly rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries in the renaissance style so now combining elements from both styles - the interior courtyard is among the highlights. The castle now holds the University of Wine.

Popular attractions in Drome-Provencale

Another popular attraction in south-west Drome-Provencale is the crocodile farm at Pierrelatte where you can see hundreds of different crocodiles of many different species. The farm also plays an important role in the conservation of threatened species of crocodile.

Provence: Provencal Drome

Vaison-la-Romaine (Vaucluse)

Vaison-la-Romaine village

You are spoiled for choice in Vaison-la-Romaine, with substantial Roman remains and also a large medieval centre to explore

See Vaison-la-Romaine guide

Rhone-Alpes: Provencal Drome

Aubres (Drome)

Aubres village

The cobbled paths, vaulted passages and ancient arches entice you to further explore the small village of Aubres

See Aubres guide

Grignan (Drome)

Grignan village

As well as the castle that dominates the hillside village of Grignan you will also discover various other places of interest

See Grignan guide

La Garde-Adhemar (Drome)

La Garde-Adhemar village

Lovely views, a medieval garden, a 12th century roman style church are just some of the highlights in La Garde-Adhemar

See La Garde-Adhemar guide

Le Poet-Laval (Drome)

Le Poet-Laval village

The cobbled streets of ancient Le Poet-Laval are pedestrianized, which adds further to the appeal of this lovely village

See Le Poet-Laval guide

Montbrun-les-Bains (Drome)

Montbrun-les-Bains village

The medieval centre of Montbrun-les-Bains, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France', is fascinating to explore

See Montbrun-les-Bains guide

Nyons (Drome)

Nyons village

The lively lower town and the narrow streets around the castle in the old town combine to make Noyons a pleasure to visit

See Nyons guide

Map of the Drome-Provencale