To the North of the Drôme valley, you will discover a different Drôme, a greener and yet more secretive area. The hills of La Drôme des Collines unfold their gentle contours from the slopes of the Bas-Dauphiné and the valleys of the Rhône and l’Isère. A landscape of woods, orchards and vineyards.

In the midst of these hills at Hauterives, the palais idéal du facteur Cheval, built by just one man (between 1879 and 1912), is a masterpiece of naive and raw architecture, and defies the imagination.The area is a veritable crucible of artisans and creative spirits, whether in ceramics and porcelain, featuring firms such as Jars and Revol, or the leather-working skills of Romans. All the big names in luxury shoes (Clergerie, Jourdan, Kélian) have made their mark on the town. A visit to the ‘Musée international de la chaussure’ at Romans plunges you into a passionate exploration of the art of footwear, from Antiquity to the present day. The plus points for the shoppers amongst you, the Marques Avenue Romans centre, features 70 factory shops (open from Monday to Sunday from 10h à 19h) who clear their stock from their past collections with a reduction of 30% throughout the year.

On approaching Tain-l’Hermitage, from the left bank of the Rhône, you can make out, fully exposed to the sun, the vines growing on the steep slopes. This is the centre of the two great vineyards of ‘Côtes du Rhône Septentrionales’ : L’Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage, whose AOC wines are produced with the same grapes: Marsanne and Roussanne for white wines and Syrah for the red wines. Wine-tasting is a must with the two main producers of these outstanding wines : ‘la maison M. Chapoutier’ and ‘la maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné’.The celebrated chocolate maker, Valrhona is another star of Tain-l’Hermitage. The brand new Cité du Chocolat offers us a journey of discovery into the heart of chocolate-making which appeals to all the senses.On the ‘gourmandise’ side, Romans is not to be neglected, with its ‘pogne’ and its ‘ravioles’, not forgetting Moras-en-Valloire, a remarkable sensory site devoted to the pear.

Suggested itineraries: n° 1, 2 to be discovered in our brochure: 12 itineraries .