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Valence Office de tourisme
Paris de la Gare Valence

Tel:+33 (0)4 75 44 90 40
Fax:+33 (0)4 75 44 90 41

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Valence is a busy market town situated on the east bank of the Rhone looking out across the cliffs to the Ardeche.  Often cited as the gateway to Provence, its main attraction is the Romanesque Cathedrale St-Apollinaire which was largely destroyed in the Wars of Religion and carefully restored in the late 11th century. 

Nearby, the Maison des Tetes is a Renaissance mansion adorned with sculpted heads of the ancient Greeks such as Aristotle and Homer.  Another Renaissance building is the Maison Dupré-Latour which sits proud with its sculpted porch and staircase.

The local delicacy here is 'le Suisse', a crunchy, orange peel flavoured biscuit shaped like one of the Vatican's Swiss guards.  'Le Suisse' harks back to the time that Pope Pius VI was imprisoned in Valence.

What to See - Valence Attractions

36 bd du general de Gaulle, Valence 26000
impressive contemporary theatre
| Admission charge | Opening Times: To call for schedule | Tel: +33 (0)4 75 82 44 10

Cycles Brunel
Tournon-sur-Rhone, 07031
mountain bikes for hire here
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)4 75 08 24 64

Guided tour of Valence
Maison des Tetes, Valance 26000
a visit through the streets of Renaissance & Gothic architecture in the town of Valence
| Admission charge | Opening Times: To call for info | Tel: +33 (0)4 75 79 20 86

Château de Crussol
Access from village of St-Oeray, 5km NW of Valence on N532 26000
clifftop ruins of a 12th century château
| Opening Times: Daily

on D534 W of Tournon & Valence, 07031
charming little town with Roman church and ruins of Chateau de Pecheylard

Musee des Beaux Arts
4 Place des Orneaux, Valence 26000
works of Rome by Hobert Robert dating back to the 18th century
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun pms only | Tel: +33 (0)4 75 79 20 80

Route Panoramique
Tournon-sur-Rhone, 07301
follow the road from the main Place Jean Jaures which takes you to the villages of Plats and St-Romain-de-Lerps & St-Peray for awesome views that stretch for miles

Parc Jouvet
S of avenue Gambetta, Valence 26000
14 acres of delightful pools and gardens with great river views
| Opening Times: Daily