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Hilltop villages

In the 11th and 12th centuries, medieval fortifications were established on these summits, mostly modest, but sufficient to see and be seen. For a long time historians attributed these hilltop villages to the necessity of defending themselves against the Saracens.
In fact it was the local lords who sought to assemble the rural population in these hilltop villages in order to more efficiently tax them and establish a number of monopolies (mills, ovens, etc.). Houses were built in the shadow of the ramparts and remained there until the 19th century when houses were built lower down the slope. Only a century or so later and the hilltop villages are experiencing a rebirth!

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Grignan et ses lavandes - Village de Grignan
Historic site and monument

Grignan

Grignan
Historic site and monument

Suze la Rousse

Suze-la-Rousse
Vignes - Valaurie
Historic site and monument

Valaurie

Valaurie
Historic site and monument

Le Poët-en-Percip

Le Poët-en-Percip
Puy Saint Martin
Historic site and monument

Puy-Saint-Martin

Puy-Saint-Martin
Historic site and monument

Sainte-Jalle

Sainte-Jalle
Historic site and monument

Espenel

Espenel
Grâne
Historic site and monument

Grâne

Grâne
Mirmande
Historic site and monument

Mirmande

Mirmande
Historic site and monument

Piégros-la Clastre

Piégros-la-Clastre
Vue générale - Village de Roussas
Historic site and monument

Roussas

Roussas
Le Poet Célard
Historic site and monument

Le Poët-Célard

Le Poët-Célard
Historic site and monument

Saint-Benoît-en-Diois

Saint-Benoit-en-Diois
Historic site and monument

La Bâtie-Rolland

La Bâtie-Rolland
Montclar sur Gervanne
Historic site and monument

Montclar-sur-Gervanne

Montclar-sur-Gervanne
Historic site and monument

Allan

Allan
Historic site and monument

La Laupie

La Laupie
Cobonne
Historic site and monument

Cobonne

Cobonne
Lavandes - Chantemerle-Lès-Grignan
Historic site and monument

Chantemerle-Lès-Grignan

Chantemerle-lès-Grignan
Historic site and monument

Village de Condorcet

Condorcet
Fabrique de Poterie de Cliousclat
Historic site and monument

Cliousclat

Cliousclat
Montoison
Historic site and monument

Montoison

Montoison
Historic site and monument

Barret-de-Lioure

Barret-de-Lioure
Autichamp
Historic site and monument

Autichamp

Autichamp
Village de Pont de Barret
Historic site and monument

Pont-de-Barret

Pont-de-Barret
Historic site and monument

Reilhanette

Reilhanette
Chapelle Saint Marcel
Historic site and monument

Soyans

Soyans
Beffroi
Historic site and monument

Châteauneuf-de-Mazenc

La Bégude-de-Mazenc
Historic site and monument

Mirabel-et-Blacons

Mirabel-et-Blacons
Historic site and monument

Saint-Sauveur-en-Diois

Saint-Sauveur-en-Diois
Historic site and monument

Crest

Crest
Logo de La Drôme Tourisme
Historic site and monument

Pommerol

Pommerol
Historic site and monument

Bourdeaux

Bourdeaux
Historic site and monument

Marsanne

Marsanne
Historic site and monument

Vinsobres

Vinsobres
Historic site and monument

Roynac

Roynac
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