The Drôme

Castle Drôme provençale

A department steeped in history

The Drôme is a department to discover for all lovers of breathtaking landscapes.

For history buffs, the castles of Drôme Provençale are a must. Many of them are well worth a visit. These include the Château de Montélimar, the Château de Grignan, the Château d'Arzeliers and the Château de Cornillon-sur-l'Oule. Our department also boasts some magnificent fortified villages, often built around buildings from the past, such as these famous châteaux or churches dating back several centuries. In addition to these châteaux, the Tour de Crest is the highest keep in Europe at 52 metres high. Its 5 storeys were used as a state prison for many years. It overlooks the Rhône and has seen centuries of history pass by at its feet.

Village of Grignan in Drôme provençale
Nyons, village in the Drôme - drôme provençale castle

the horse factor's palace

Another special feature, and not the least, offered by the Drôme is the Palais du facteur Cheval. Built entirely from stones collected during 30 years of travel, Ferdinand Cheval brought his imagination to life and materialised it through this palace which includes a temple, a basin and a waterfall. This palace has been classified as a historical monument since 1969.



Sisteron, one of the most beautiful villages in the Baronnies Provençales

The Provençal baronies

The Baronnies Provençales Regional Nature Park is a truly protected and preserved area

Village of Montélimar


Discover Montélimar and its charms

Château de Grignan, one of the Drôme's most imposing châteaux

Castles of the Drôme

Discover the many castles in the Drôme