castle of Simiane
The castle of Simiane, a listed historic monument, welcomes you all year round. Enter the world of Pauline de Simiane, granddaughter of the Marquise de Sévigné, and discover a unique place, where history and modernity are combined through the events that take place throughout the year.
THE castle DE SIMIANE, IN VALRÉAS, PROVENCE
A town in the heart of the enclaves of the Popes.
Valréas, with its 10,000 inhabitants, is the most populous town in the Enclave des Papes. Located in the heart of the Enclave des Papes and the Drôme Provençale, Valréas boasts a unique heritage linked to the history of the Papacy in Provence, a remarkable natural setting not far from Mont Ventoux, and also a very mild climate. Valréas has just been awarded its third flower! The town is a living area that benefits from an ideal geographical position between Lyon and Marseille, near the Rhône valley, one of the main trade routes in France.
Valréas also offers leisure and cultural activities (cinema, theatres, museum, numerous sports facilities, etc.) and is located in the heart of a dynamic agricultural and wine-growing area (truffles, wines, lavender, aromatic herbs, etc.). Numerous festive events (Nuit du Petit Saint Jean, Festival des Nuits de l’Enclave, Corso de la lavande, etc.), fairs and weekly markets punctuate the life of Valréas, which is working to revive local commerce and to promote a range of quality local products. The town is experiencing a tourist boom around its historic centre (built in the shape of a snail, typical of Provençal villages) where the majestic castle de Simiane is enthroned!
Valréas, an ideal pied à terre!
To prepare your stay in Valréas:
- 10 minutes from the Château de Grignan: the Marquise de Sévigné’s castle, grandmother of Pauline de Simiane,
- 15 minutes from Nyons and 20 minutes from Vaison la Romaine,
- 30 minutes from the Crocodile Farm in Pierrelatte,
- 45 minutes from Mont Ventoux,
- 1 hour from Avignon, the Pont du Gard, the Chauvet cave, the Luberon
- 1 hour and 30 minutes from the first beaches or the first ski resorts…
A perfect playground for lovers of culture, outdoor activities and local produce, something to delight both the eyes and taste buds.
How to get there?
- From the North :
A7 exit Montélimar Sud (N°18), then RN7 direction Avignon et D133 direction
- From the South :
A7 exit Bollène (N°19), direction Saint Paul Trois Châteaux and Grignan-Valréas.
- Montélimar station
Then SRADDA bus: Lienes 36 et 71 : from/to Montélimar – Nyons or line 35 (serving Valréas, Taulignan and Montbrison via Dieulefit). Informations and timetables on 04 28 61 26 26 or 04 75 41 85 85.
- Orange station
Then ZOU ! bus network line 3 Orange – Valréas : Informations and booking on 0 089 400 013 (every day from 7am to 8pm, price of a local cost).
- Avignon TGV station
- Valence TGV station
- Lyon St Exupéry airport : 190 km
- Marseille Provence airport : 158 km
- Nîmes Alès Camargue Cévennes airport : 111 km
- Avignon airport : 80 km