Found deep in the south of the Rhone Alpes region of eastern France, Drome is a small department with a huge appeal. The Tour de France passes through the department on many stages, taking advantage of the peace and tranquillity of the department, as well as the spectacular scenery. The wild landscapes and isolated villages, especially in the northern part of the department, cannot fail to capture your heart, and the fine wines produced in the area don’t hurt the Drome holiday experience either!
The rural areas of Drome are stunningly beautiful and hugely varied. There are endless walking, cycling and riding routes through the department, allowing visitors to see the rich wildlife of France in its natural habitat. Drome houses France’s largest nature reserve, the Vercors Nature Reserve encompasses regions of forests, rivers and huge limestone overhangs, which is the focus for climbers throughout the year. The countryside is a haven for outdoor activities, from para-gliding and hang gliding to mountain climbing and from cycling to canoeing, and any equipment or advice you may need during your stay in a Drome property is easily available.
The largest medieval building in the world is located within the department, and it really is an impressive sight. Found in the town of Crest, the keep stands 170m high, and for those with good nerves, you can abseil down the face! Throughout the villages and towns of the department you will stumble across a huge number of historical gems, so anyone with an interest in history will be hard to make leave the department at the end of your holiday!
The Roman town of Die is a great place to take holiday accommodation in Drome, France. The town offers a taste of Drome in a nutshell, with a range of beautiful historical monuments from the Roman amphitheatre to a dramatic castle, access to some of the most astonishing countryside, the Ardeche Gorges, and home to one of the department’s best wines, the Clairette de Die. If this is your first visit to Drome, property rental in Die may be the perfect place to take your first rental.
In the summer, the clashes of colour from the azure blue sky, the dark green forests and bright purple of the endless lavender fields creates an amazing sight. Summers seem amazingly long from a Drome property, with average temperatures of around 28°C lasting from early June until mid-September. In winter, the higher regions in the north do become quite cold, but the majority of the department enjoys temperatures of around 12°C during the middle of the day.
There isn’t an international airport in Drome itself, the closest being Nimes (FNI), Marseille (MRS) and Geneva (GVA) in Switzerland. Otherwise, the TGV high speed trains arrive into the town of Valence, taking just two and a half hours from Paris.