Travel Guide Europe France Rhône-Alpes Montélimar



Montélimar is a historic city in the Rhône-Alpes region and is a commune in the Drôme department of southern France. It is the second largest town in the department after Valence (Valence is also the arrondissement where Montélimar is located in) and has aproximately 34,000 inhabitants.

The region around Montélimar has been inhabited since Celtic times and the Roman era saw the construction of a basilica, aqueduct, forums and chapels. The Adhemar family ruled the area during the Middle Ages and built a magnificient castle which still dominates the city landscape.

Montélimar is renowned worldwide for its nougat, which is a chewy candy made from almonds and lavender-honey. Nougat has been made in Montélimar since the 17th century and is believed to have been originated even earlier during the Greeco-Roman period. The city is also famous for its red wine, lavender, almonds, olives, silks, carpets and ceramics.

For more information about the regions and its surrounding, have a look at the official Montélimar Tourism website (French olnly).



Sights and Activities

  • Adhemar Castle
  • Museum of Protestantism in the Dauphine
  • Castle of Grignan
  • Castle of Suze la Rousse
  • La tower of Crest
  • Bourg Saint Andeol
  • Musée de la Miniature
  • Well preserved historic town centre

In 2009, the town was the starting place of stage 20 to the Mont Ventoux, the toughest climb of the year!



Events and Festivals

The Montélimar Tourism website has details about upcoming events.

The annual Lavender Festival is one of the greatest, held in July every year.




Montélimar enjoys a nice climate. Summers last from June to September and are usually dry, warm and sunny. Average daytime temperatures are between 25 and 30 degrees Celcius on most days, though temperatures well over 35 degrees are possible on some days. Also, the chance of heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms, although not completely absent, is less compared to eastern mountainous France.

Winters last from December to February which is the coldest period of the year though temperatures are usually above zero. Occasional frost and even some snow is not unheard of though.

May/June and September/early October are nice times for a visit, as temperatures are nice and you avoid the crowds of July and August when half of Europe goes to France and French people themselves are going on holiday en mass in August as well.



Getting There

By Plane

The closest airports with connections to major towns of the region are at Lyon Saint Exupéry and Marseille in France. The town of Montélimar can be reached from both these airports by approximately 90 minutes drive. Both airports have a significant number of international flights, mainly to destinations in Europe and some connections further away, for example to cities in Northern Africa.

Some smaller airports might be of use if you have the chance to go budget with some low-cost airlines. The airports of Montpellier and Grenoble are a few examples and are almost as close as the ones in Lyon and Marseille. Nimes is even closer and has some flights to the UK for example as well.

By Train

Montélimar is an important railway station on the French Railway network. Both high speed TGV trains and normal trains are available to most of the cities of the region. SNCF operates the rail network in France.

By Car

Montélimar is located just west of the main north-south highway through eastern France, the A7 or Route du Soleil. There are some nice smaller roads though to approach the city, especially west of the town is a nice area and the Mont Ventoux and Parc Nacional des Cevennes is a short drive southwestwards as well.

By Bus

Buses connect Montélimar with many regional towns, villages and some cities further away. For travelling between larger cities the train is far more comfortable and faster though.




The Hotel des Pins (see below at sleeping options) has a good restaurant as well. There are many more options throughout the city though, as is the case with most French cities and large towns.




There are plenty of sleeping options in and around Montélimar. Some examples include:

You can use the form below to search for availability (Travellerspoint receives a commission for bookings made through the form)



Keep Connected


France is one of the best connected countries in the world, with data speed for upload/download ranked among the top 5 in the world. Most hotels and hostels would have in-house facilities to provide free internet access. Many major cities also have initiatives put in place to provide free wi-fi connection in public spaces. Alternatively there are internet cafés available in most cities/towns at a reasonable rate. Some private businesses, such as local cafés (or even the Starbuck's chain), may also provide wi-fi connectivity - keep an eye out for the signs by the shop windows/doors. Also look for the @ symbol prominently displayed, which indicates internet availability. However, with most homes now wired for the internet, cyber cafés are increasingly hard to find, especially outside the major cities.


See also: International Telephone Calls

To dial an international number from France, the IDD is 00, followed by the country code that you wish to dial, the area code and the phone number.
To call France from abroad, start with the international direct dialing (IDD) code from the country you're in, followed by French country code 33, the area code (drop the first zero in front of the area code), and the phone number. French telephone numbers are rarely given without the area code. The telephone number, including the area code, is made up of 10 digits. They are written in a set of 5 pairs of digits (i.e. 01 xx xx xx xx xx).
In France, the area code designations are: 01 - Paris Area ("Région Ile-de-France"), 02 - northwest, 03 - northeast, 04 - southeast, 05 - southwest, 06 - mobile phone providers. From 2010 onwards, 07 will also be assigned to mobile phone providers in order to cater for the surging demands for mobile phones.

Emergency numbers are 15 (medical aid), 17 (police station) and 18 (fire/rescue). You can also use the European emergency number 112 (perhaps a better choice if you don't speak French). These calls are free and accessible from virtually any phone, including locked cellphones.

France uses the GSM standard of cellular phones (900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands) used in most of the world outside of the U.S. There are several companies (Orange, SFR, Free, Bouygues Télécom and some others MVNOs like Virgin Mobile) offering wireless service. The country is almost totally covered but you may have difficulties using your mobile phone in rural or mountainous areas. If you stay for some time, it may be advisable to buy a pre-paid cell phone card that you can use in any phone that supports the GSM standard on the 900/1800 MHz bands. Then incoming calls and SMSes are free.


La Poste in France is also referred to as the PTT (short for postes, télégraphes et téléphones). The mailboxes are painted bright yellow and often there is a slot for local city mail and another slot for "outside mail". Normally there is a queue in the post office, but most of the post offices have the self service machine installed which is quite easy to operate. Nowadays many of the tabac and even some of the souvenir shops also sell postage stamps. Normally an overseas postcard costs almost as much as sending a letter. Mails sent in France also have a zip code. The first two numbers represent the administrative department (e.g. in Paris' case that would be 75).

Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Apart from the basic job of mailing letters, most of the post offices do some banking activities also and some even have photocopy machines and cyber cafes for internet access.

For international package services, you might also check options with companies like DHL, UPS or TNT, which have competitive services and prices and might be faster in most cases.

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