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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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Valence, between the Vercors and Provence

Valence, a gateway to the South of France set beside the Rhône, has retained the typical charms associated with southern cities, with colourful, welcoming streets, markets, quarters and gardens.

Market in ValenceValence, a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire in recognition of its rich cultural heritage, is great to wander round, with parks and canals as well as its historic centre. Valence’s proud historical legacy has been enhanced by its Plan Lumière, illuminating the place in style. Among its cultural treasures, note the Valence Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology. Benefiting from a southern climate, Valence is a reputed gastronomic stop, its most celebrated address Maison Pic, run by star chef Anne-Sophie Pic.