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La Tour de Crest Kiosque Peynet à Valence Les Trois Becs - Forêt de Saoû Le château de Grignan Le château de Suze-la-Rousse Le viaduc de la Grenette - TGV Château d'eau à Valence Palais idéal du Facteur Cheval
Some places of interest of the department of the Drôme - (Spend the mouse on the images ,,,)

Presentation of the Drôme
The Drôme belongs to the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. He is situated in the southeast quarter of France.
His name comes from the river of the same name. The Insee and the Post office attributed him the code 26.
His inhabitants are Drômois and Drômoises. His prefecture is Valence. The department contains 369 municipalities.

- History

The department was created in the French Revolution, on March 5th, 1790 in law enforcement of December 22nd, 1789, from a part of the province of Dauphiné to which it was up with Isère and Hautes-Alpes, and parts stemming from Provence and from Comtat venaissin (Comtat venaissin, or Comtat, is a former State which was a part of States of Eglise).
The limits of the department were modified several times following the annexation of Comtat venaissin in 1792 then following the creation of the department of Vaucluse in 1793. The cities of Carpentras and Valréas, in particular, were a part of the Drôme in a short-lived way. These modifications created the enclave of Vaucluse (canton of Valréas) in the Drôme, one of the two only persistent enclaves of this kind in France with those of the department of the Hautes-Pyrénées in the department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. (Reference: Wikipedia)
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- Demography

In January, 2007, the department of the Drôme counted officially 473 422 inhabitants, being situated in 53rd position on the national level. In eight years, from 1999 till 2007, his(her) population increased of about 36 000 inhabitants, that is approximately 4 500 people. The density of population is 72,5 inhabitants by square kilometer in 2007, is lower of the third than that of France which is 100,5 for the same year.
Valence, Montélimar and Romans are three municipalities the most populated with the department. (Reference: Wikipedia)
►More information ici on the site of the Drôme.

- Climate

The climate of the Drôme is mainly of Mediterranean type. In the North of the plain of Valence, which marks the transition, he is of Mediterranean type distorted with oceanic influences whereas in the South of the plain of Valence, he is of Mediterranean type. The climate is of mountain type east of the department. The period of sunshine is about annual 2 700 o'clock in Nyons in the South, against 2 000 in Tain l’Hermitage in the North. In spite of these differences, the Drôme occupies the 12th place of the sunniest departments of France. There are two types of main winds: the mistral (North wind) and the sailor (South wind). The mistral reclaims the air whereas the sailor brings of the soft and wet air of the Mediterranean Sea. These winds can be violent, in particular in valley of the Rhône. (Reference: Wikipedia)

- Geography

The Department is cut in five different geographical zones.

The five geographical zones

The five geographical zones

 

- The Drôme of hills

Along the valley of Isère up to the stiff slopes of Vercors, a landscape in the soft and hilly forms catches the eye. The Drôme of hills inhales the tranquillity, the unusual with the Palace of the Factor Horse, the strange with these caves and wrens cut in the molasse. The Drôme of Hills benefits from a central position in Rhône-Alpes. She is situated in the crossroads of Isère, Ardèche and the Valley of the Rhône, with motorway and railroad very developed axes (A7, A9, TGV station). This territory called the North the Drôme till the end of the 80s was identified under the name of the Drôme by Hills further to the will of elected representatives and of local actors in association with the General Council of the Drôme.

- The plain of Valence

Placed on the European connection between the North and the South, Valence, prefecture of the department is forward-looking by keeping its charm of former days. Beautiful houses decorated with splendidly sculptured facades build the old city. His streets, his squares are trading. The pedestrians are kings there, where cars are badly seen. Landscape marked by big arrangements. Situated between the Rhône on the West, the valley of Isère in the North, Piedmont of Vercors in the East and the valley of the Drôme in the South. The hand of the man is very present on this entity: large cities (Valence, Roman, Loriol and Livron), dense housing environment, big arrangements (airport of Valence-Chabeuil, highway A7, TGV).

- Royans - Vercors

The Royans is a small natural region situated between the foot of the massif of Vercors and the left bank of Isère. He is divided between the territories of the department of the Drôme and that of Isère. We speak about Royans-Drôme and Royans-Isère. The magnificent panoramas open for you between cliffs, trays and caves. Where the granite and the verticality are sovereign, the men built grand and audacious roads. A past enlivened during the Second World War makes of this region, a place steeped in history and of heroism. Here the walkers, the sportsmen, the nature lovers can bloom in the environment of luxurious spaces. The Royans is a part of the natural Regional Park of Vercors.

- The Valley of the Drôme

Between the south extreme of Vercors and the beginning of Provence, the river the Drôme dug a wide valley. Always savage, his angers are formidable, parks in banks and works weakened by time. His hillsides sour to the sun welcome a vineyard which gives a sparkling wine full of sweetness, the lavender, and the other treasures which decorate the tables of the gourmands. His water welcomes as much the swimmers as the canoeists. In the crossroads of Vercors and Provence, the Valley of the Drôme will seduce you by its contrasts and its vitality. Rich in a striking cultural and natural heritage, she will fill the expectations of each: visits of the perched villages, gone hiking within classified natural spaces, bathings, tastings or still musical festivals will give rhythm to your stay among us.

- The Provençal Drôme

The Provençal Drôme gathers the country of Montélimar with its well known nougat, Tricastin: industrial park, the region of Dieulefit in the beneficial climate for respiratory diseases, the Nyonsais to the taste of olive and lavender and the Baronies, region of semi-mountain where gets involved a multitude of scents and colors. A region which opens on Provence with all its flavors.
 
Tourist offices and Tourist information offices

 - Albon : 04 75 03 17 05  - Mirmande : 04 75 63 10 88
 - Allex : 04 75 62 62 48  - Montbrun-les-Bains : 04 75 28 82 49
 - Beaufort-sur-Gervanne : 04 75 76 45 49  - Montélimar : 04 75 01 00 20
 - Beaumont-les-Valence : 04 75 60 75 14  - Montoison : 04 75 60 75 14
 - Bourdeaux : 04 75 53 35 90  - Nyons : 04 75 26 10 35
 - Bourg-de-Péage : 04 75 72 18 36  - Pierrelatte : 04 75 04 07 98
 - Buis-les-Baronnies : 04 75 28 04  - Puy-Saint-Martin : 04 75 90 16 70
 - Chabeuil : 04 75 59 28 67  - Rémuzat : 04 75 27 85 71
 - Châtillon-en-Diois : 04 75 21 10 07  - Romans : 04 75 02 28 72
 - Crest : 04 75 25 11 38  - Sahune : 04 75 27 45 35
 - Die : 04 75 22 03 03  - Saillans : 04 75 21 51 05
 - Dieulefit : 04 75 46 42 49  - Saint-Agnan-en-Vercors : 04 75 48 22 21
 - Donzère : 04 75 51 71 50  - Saint-Donat : 04 75 45 15 32
 - Étoile : 04 75 60 75 14  - Saint-Jean-en-Royans : 04 75 48 61
 - Grâne : 04 75 62 66 08  - Saint-Martin-en-Vercors : 04 75 45 50 69
 - Grignan : 04 75 46 56 75  - Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert : 04 75 27 53 10
 - Hauterives : 04 75 68 86 82  - Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux : 04 75 96 61 29
 - La Bégude-de-Mazenc : 04 75 46 24 42  - Saint-Restitut : 04 75 04 71 27
 - La Chapelle-en-Vercors : 04 75 48 22 54  - Saoû : 04 75 76 01 72
 - La Garde-Adhémar : 04 75 04 40 10  - Séderon : 04 75 28 55 00
 - La Motte-Chalancon : 04 75 27 24 67  - Suze-la-Rousse : 04 75 04 81 41
 - Lesches-en-Diois : 04 75 21 46 70  - Tain-l’Hermitage : 04 75 08 06 81
 - Livron-sur-Drôme : 04 75 61 66 93  - Tulette : 04 75 98 34 53
 - Loriol-sur-Drôme : 04 75 61 36 12  - Valdrôme : 04 75 21 40 06
 - Luc-en-Diois : 04 75 21 34 14  - Valence : 04 75 44 90 40
 - Lus-la-Croix Haute : 04 92 58 51 85  - Vassieux-en-Vercors : 04 75 48 27 40
 - Marsanne : 04 75 90 31 59  - Vinsobres : 04 75 27 66 24
 - Mirabel-aux-Baronnies : 04 75 27 13 93  

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