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Montelimar is a relaxed and charming town in the Drome region of Provence, famous throughout France for its nougat. The candy made from eggs, honey and almonds has been a specialty of Montelimar since the 17th century and the streets are full of stores offering it in various forms. It is possible to watch the traditional manufacturing process early in the mornings. Travelers without a sweet tooth can enjoy the historic center of Montelimar, with a number of elegant mansions, atmospheric medieval lanes, and the 11th-century castle overlooking the town from its hilltop vantage point. Venere.com, one of the world's leading online accommodation specialists, can provide a great choice of Montelimar hotels regardless of your budget or preferences. Find the best value Montelimar rooms with Venere and book in advance for an enjoyable stay in this hub of French confectionery.
What's Montelimar Like?
Montelimar's 11th-century Chateau des Adhemars is the highest point in the town and a suitable place to start any exploration. The castle retains its medieval battlements, keep and a chapel and provides a venue for modern art exhibitions. Down in the old town, the elegant period buildings include the 16th-century Maison de Diane de Poitiers and the neo-classical 19th-century theater. The small chapel next to the medieval gate of Porte Saint-Martin is a now gallery staging innovative exhibitions. For visitors shopping for Montelimar's most famous product, many of the established nougat producers are clustered together on Allés Champs de Mars and Boulevard A. Briand, with lots of retailers on Rue Pierre Julien. Montelimar hotels are ideal for exploring this corner of Provence.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Montelimar
Montelimar is off the usual Provence tourism trails so your French phrasebook might see plenty of action. In this town it is important to know that nougat translates roughly as "you are spoiling us". Montelimar has restaurants that range from high-end establishments to cheerful bistros offering steaks and moules-frites at reasonable prices, with some prix fixe lunch time bargain menus. Apart from their almonds and honey, Montelimar locals are also passionate about cycling. Bikes can be rented from outside the tourist office. There are leisurely trails through the surrounding lavender fields or, for the athletic, challenging stretches that have featured in the Tour de France schedule. The venere.com website features interactive maps showing the proximity of the town's major attractions to Montelimar hotels. Our site also offers detailed guest reviews, informative photo galleries and sample room descriptions to give you a clear picture of what to expect from Montelimar accommodation.
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