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Valence is a commune in south-eastern France . It is located in the eastern part of the country, in the region of Rhône-Alpes, approximately 40 km from the city of Montélimar , world-famous for production of praline. At present, Valence has a population of 65 thousand. It is very attractive for tourists because there are numerous historical monuments and very pleasant cafés and restaurants.


Valence is accessible by car, bus, train or by air. By car, you can use the A-7 Motorway. The bus station is situated to the south-east from the historical core of the city. The railway station and the information centre is at Parvis de la Gare. The new railway station, now used for TGV trains too, is located some 10 km to the north-east from the centre of the city, near the road to Romans. If you decide to travel by plane, you can use the international airport in Grenoble (Grenoble-Isère Airport) , which is about 70 km far from Valence, or the international airport in Lyon (Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport) , which is approximately 100 km far from Valence, or the airport in Nîmes (130 km) .

Historical monuments

Valence is a very attractive place for tourists because it is an old, well-preserved city. The most popular places are: Cathedral of St. Apollinaris, consecrated in 1095; Church Église St-Jean in the oldest part of the city with côtes (very narrow and very old lanes that remember for example, young Napoleon Bonaparte, who studied local school of artillery) . The little lanes, e.g. côte St-Estéve, côte St-Martin or côte Sylvante remember many other significant personalities in the French and European history.
There are other places of interest in Valence, for example, the Renaissance palace called Maison des Têtes at Grande rue 57 and the palace Maison Dupré-Latour at rue Pérollerie. When you come to the square des Ormeaux, you can visit the Musée de Valence that presents a collection of artistic pieces created by local artists and several archaeological findings from the surroundings. People who would like to relax in Valence should visit a wonderful park named Jouvet, situated on the bank of the river, to the south from avenue Gambetta.

Tourist services in Valence

Valence is characterized by cosy cafés and restaurants. The most popular are e.g. Le Bistrot des Clercs (menu from 19 euros) , L´Épicerie (situated in a beautiful historic place, meals from 22 to 39 euros) , Pére Joseph (offers traditional French cuisine, menu from 23 euros) and Pic (luxurious and very expensive) . Local bakery Maurin Fils is very popular with tourists, too.
Valence offers a variety of accommodation facilities. The best known hotels are: De Lyon Hotel (near the railway station) , Europe Hotel (affordable) , Les Négociants Hotel and the Pic (luxurious and expensive) . Shoppers can visit some of many shops and little shops. Every Sunday the streets are full of people who try to sell something so you can easily buy absolutely anything from fruits to clothes.

Cities around

Valence (0km)Saint-Peray (4.6km)Soyons (6km)Portes-lès-Valence (6km)Montelier (10km)Chabeuil (10km)Charmes-sur-Rhône (9km)Upie (15km)Bourg-de-Peage (17km)

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