12 of the Drôme’s Top Attractions
From crocodiles to stilettos, the département offers something for everyone
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Enjoy a real-life adventure as you travel deep into this magical subterranean landscape. Marvel at the amazing rock formations and archaeological sites in one of the most colourful caves in France.
This is a rare chance to see crocodiles up close and discover more about this much-misunderstood animal. In addition, there are giant tortoises and turtles, pythons and anacondas, iguanas and bearded dragons, and many more fantastic creatures.
Discover the history of nougat and its preparation (as well as its connection to the mythical holiday route, the N7) from within the oldest factory of Montélimar – dating back to 1837. There is also a gift shop, restaurant and tearoom.
PALAIS IDÉAL DU FACTEUR CHEVAL
Unique in the world, this amazing architectural creation was built by a postman called Cheval over a period of 33 years. Inspiring other artists for more than a century, it was listed as a Historical Monument in 1969.
A stone’s throw from the Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval, this enchanting attraction comprises a series of labyrinths created from more than 6,000 trees. An ideal place for all the family – there is also a picnic area.
Situated on the site of Valrhona’s historic chocolate factory, here you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate but were too afraid to ask– and, naturally, shop for delicious delicacies afterwards.
Located in the heart of the Vercors, this fascinating museum presents the story of the Resistance and pays tribute to the men and women who fought for freedom and who also played a very an important role in this region. A must for history fans.
As the historical home of French shoemaking, it makes sense that the town of Romans has a museum dedicated to the subject. Here, you can discover every shoe imaginable from the old to the new and the classic to the eccentric.
MUSÉE EUROPÉEN DE L’AVIATION DE CHASSE
A supersonic journey through the history of aviation, this museum is dedicated to the preservation of aeronautical heritage. Spread over five hangars, the unique collection includes 66 iconic aircraft.
Located in the former Episcopal Palace, a vast private mansion surrounded by a courtyard and gardens overlooking the Rhône, this impressive museum charts the history of the region as well as boasting several hundred artworks.
The largest shopping centre for discount brands in the south of France, this is the place to stock up on fancy French labels at bargain prices. Located in an old army barracks, in the form of a village, the site is also interesting architecturally.
Another underground adventure you won’t forget in a hurry, this is a chance to discover a geological phenomenon quite unlike any other in the world on a magical hour-long, candlelit guided tour. Also included in the experience is a special slide show.
From France Today magazine
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