Visit the region
Belvedere of Saint-Restitut
At about twenty kilometers from Allan, above the medieval village of Saint-Restitut, the belvedere offers a splendid panorama over the Rhone valley to the foothills of the Ardèche.
Cliffs of Donzère and the Robinet bridge
In Donzère, the Rhone flows cramped between the high limestone cliffs and their caves. The Robinet bridge, built in 1847, listed as a historical monument, is one of the last bridges over the river.
The Gorges of Ardèche
Between Vallon Pont d'Arc and Saint-Martin, for about thirty kilometers, the Ardèche has dug a deep and winding canyon that can be followed by car (many lookouts have been built along the way) or by canoe.
Dentelles de Montmirail
At about fifty kilometers from Allan, the Dentelles de Montmirail are drawn like a wall that changes color depending on the light and overlook the vineyards of Gigondas.
And if one wants to push a little further, one will discover, to the East, the middle mountain landscapes of the Baronnies and the Gorges of the Eygues, and to the South, the peeled summit of Mont Ventoux...
Many villages have kept their original medieval appearance. They are usually built on promontories to protect themselves from invaders and sheltered within the walls of the castle, of which vestiges often remain. They are a haven of peace and freshness and offer wonderful views of the surroundings.
Among the most charming and authentic are the old village of Allan, La Laupie, Saint-Restitut, La Garde-Adhémar, Puygiron, Clansayes, Bourdeaux, Le Poët Laval, Marsanne..., but many others are worth seeing.
A special mention to Suze-la-Rousse, its magnificent castle and its vineyard, and to Dieulefit, which is visited as much for the charm of its alleys as for its famous crafts (pottery, ceramics...).
Grignan and its castle
A 20-minute drive from the domain, Grignan offers visitors a delightful setting full of history, including the famous castle where Madame de Sévigné stayed many times, with her daughter Françoise, wife of François Adhémar de Monteil, count of Grignan and governor of Provence. All year round, the city hosts many cultural events and in particular, in July, the Festival of Correspondence.
The Chauvet cave 2
Gateway to the Gorges of Ardèche, Vallon Pont d'Arc (50 km from Allan) owes its celebrity to the Chauvet cave, whose walls covered with an extraordinary bestiary painted 36,000 years ago have been faithfully replicated in the Chauvet cave 2. Do not miss...
The castles of the Drôme provençale
In addition to Grignan, lovers of architectural heritage will admire the castles of Suze-la-Rousse, the Adhémar (Montélimar), the Hospitaliers (Le Poët Laval), Simiane (Valréas) and many others ...
Founded in the 12th century, the Cistercian abbey Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle, in Montjoyer, has preserved most of its medieval buildings. Still active, it is home to a monastic community and welcomes retreatants and visitors.
Dieulefit and ceramics
Classified as a city of arts and crafts, Dieulefit is a center of pottery and ceramics. In addition to the many artisans who exhibit their creations all year round, the village houses the Maison de la Céramique, a workshop and exhibition venue whose architecture combines tradition and modernity.
PERFUMES AND FLAVORS
The Drôme Provençale, with its famous lavender fields, is a land of colors but also of scents, as the House of aromatic and medicinal plants in Buis-les-Baronnies and the soap factory or even the distillery in Nyons remind us.
For gourmets, a visit to the Maison de la Truffe et du Tricastin in Saint-Paul-les-Trois-Châteaux is a must, as a preamble or as a complement to a good meal in one of the many gastronomic restaurants the region has to offer.
To accompany these local products, lovers of fine wines will be spoiled for choice among the appellations near Grignan-les-Adhémar and Vinsobres, and, a little further, those of Gigondas, Châteauneuf du Pape or Rasteau...