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Located in southeastern France, Valence is the capital of the Drome department. It is situated on the left bank of the River Rhône, 62 miles south of Lyon. Easily accessible from nearby Lyon and Grenoble, Valence is close to vineyards producing Crozes Hermitages, St Joseph, and St Peray varieties of wine. The town is two thousand years old and there are many interesting heritage sites to visit, including the “Maison des Têtes” (House of the Heads), the Dupré-Latour mansion, Saint-John’s church, and a pleasure boat harbor. Rising above Valence, Crussol Castle provides a magnificent view.
The economy in Valence centres on metallurgical products, textiles, leather goods, jewelry, and munitions. This area also serves as a processing and trade center for the surrounding agricultural region. There is a large selection of office space in the area. Some of the prominent hi-tech companies in the area include Thales - electronic systems for avionics and defense, Crouzet/Schneider - automatic systems, SAGEM - aerospatiale systems, and Ascom Monetel - automatic paytax systems.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Based in Valence, Maison Pic is a world renowned restaurant with three Michelin stars. Established in 1889, the chef of this generation is Anne-Sophie Pic. Her laboratory is in a lodge with a modern and relaxing atmosphere. You can visit this lab, which is dedicated to the exploration of new flavours. It’s a treat that shouldn’t be missed.
Airports near Valence include those of St Etienne, Marseille, Montpellier, and Nîmes. The Gare de Valence-Ville is the main railway station and is located just south of the town centre. The station offers connections to Lyon, Grenoble, Avignon, Gap as well as several regional destinations. There is a high-speed TGV rail line extending south from Valence to Marseilles, the TGV station is located seven miles northeast of the town. Valence has a public bike-sharing option called Libélo, which offers hundreds of bikes for either long-term or short-term hire. The service is available at many points throughout the city.