The city of Valence is often considered as the gateway to the south of France, but it is also an ideal destination for hikers. And not without reason: this city is surrounded by different national and regional parks that offer endless possibilities to enjoy nature. Getting to Valence is very easy with our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high-speed trains, as they connect this French city with various points in Spain. So, go get your hiking boots ready!
If you're a big fan of outdoor activities, then any time of year is sure to be good for discovering some landscapes that will leave you speechless. Valence is in fact a fantastic starting point to fall in love with the nature of the South of France. Here are the best hiking routes around the capital of the Drôme department.
1. The Vercors Regional Nature Park
The park enjoys great unique beauty regardless of the time of the year
This huge natural park covers 186,000 hectares and offers a moderate altitude ideal for walking, cycling and even horse riding. The Rocher Rond peak, at 2,453 m, puts a roof over this protected area that combines extensive pine forests with idyllic valleys, gorges and cliffs. In winter, one of the star activities is Nordic skiing.
2. Saoû Forest
Taking as a starting point the charming village of Saoû, it is possible to enter one of the most spectacular forests in the area. It is home to the famous 'Trois Becs', a massif formed by the Rochecourbe, Le Signal and Le Veyou peaks. This immense forest offers 6 walking itineraries
with different levels of difficulty.
3. Monts d’Ardèche Regional Nature Park
With an area of 180,000 hectares, the Monts d'Ardèche Regional Nature Park is another formidable option for hikers. It is impossible not to be seduced to the charms of this territory dotted with beautiful villages and agricultural character. But this natural park is also home to volcanoes, chestnut forests, green valleys and huge areas of pastureland. Mount Mézenc, its highest peak, offers a panoramic view that will amaze any lover not only of hiking, but also of photography.
4. Chute de la Druise
Being able to admire the beauty of the place is undoubtedly the best reward after the walk
Less than 50 km from Valence you can find one of the most impressive waterfalls in all of France. With a drop of more than 70 meters, Chute de la Druise creates an idyllic setting that you will discover after a 30-minute walk from the starting point. The shades of blue and green form a unique environment that is even more spectacular after a storm.