A few – La Garde-Adhémar, Le Poët-Laval, Mirmande and Montbrun-les-Bains – are proud members of the exclusive association of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, but there are countless further delightful, more secretive ones to seek out.
Some of our prettiest villages and small towns specialize in arts and crafts, for example Dieulefit, with its potters, or Grignan, packed with boutiques below the theatrical castle.
Others hold wonderful events, such as Crest, with its jazz festival, or Saoû, with its annual Mozart concert season.
Also visit our three dynamic main towns, all great cultural, shopping and culinary destinations. Valence, vibrant county capital, and Montélimar, a buzzing place, stand just back from the Rhône River, while Romans on the Isère is renowned in France for its shoe-making traditions – there’s even a beautiful museum devoted to the subject! Look out for the factory outlet stores both in Romans and other spots.