you will like
- the ideal palace of the letter carrier Cheval
- the tomb of the letter carrier Cheval
- the orchards of the Valloire
- the tower of Arras/Rhône
- the saint-joseph
The morning is ideal for visiting the Palais idéal du facteur Cheval in Hauterives. The crowds are smaller, the sun’s rays delicately illuminate the eastern façade.
This must-see monument in France has an incredible history!
In April 1879, a letter carrier named Cheval made his rounds through the beautiful countryside of the Drôme. At that time, neither car nor electric bicycle, our valiant postal employee made his daily rounds on foot for about thirty kilometers. That day, he stumbled on a stone with a strange shape that awakened a dream in him: he saw himself building a majestic palace with his hands. The next day, he began to find the most beautiful stones during his rounds, came to look for them after his work day and began the construction of the monument of his dreams at nightfall. This little merry-go-round lasted for… 33 years!
From May 14 to November 6, take advantage of your visit to admire the temporary and extraordinary exhibition by artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. This is the first time that works are exhibited on and in the Ideal Palace.
An idea for an easy and nice hike for the afternoon? We recommend the hike in Moras-en-Valloire “The mysterious staircase”. This 6.5km or 11km hike (easy level) allows you to cross the town and its medieval and Renaissance remains.
At the beginning of the route, admire the monumental baluster staircase below which nestles an ancient dungeon.
Then, head to the heights of the village in the direction of the church: from here, a panoramic view of the plain and its pear orchards.
Take a break: breathe in the fresh air of the Drôme countryside.
Continue the hike at your own pace… there’s no hurry, you’re on vacation!
Many other hikes are possible in Porte de DrômArdèche. Muscular, family, curious and natural escapes.
To discover them, download our free app “Les échappées inspirées” on your store.
After a good night’s sleep in an unusual accommodation like in one of the cabins at Home des Bois in Hauterives, it’s time to join a place inhabited by a magical legend: Les Roches-qui-dansent in Saint-Barthélémy-de-Vals.
A silent place, in the middle of an oak forest, where strange sandstone blocks stand. Several legends circulate about this sacred place. Some think that it would have been a place of druidic worship. Others say that the rocks would be protected by fairies and that they would start dancing at Christmas at the stroke of midnight. Finally, a last popular belief attributes their origin to Gargantua. While passing through the region, the giant would have emptied his shoe filled with pebbles at this precise spot.
After a nice restaurant at noon, we suggest you digest quietly by climbing the Arras/Rhône Tower to admire the view of the Rhône!
If you decide to go for a hike, choose “The Big 8”. It’s a big and beautiful circuit of 18 km, to do if you are sporty!
On your way out, don’t forget to stop by one (or both) of the village winemakers for a tasting of local St. Joseph! Cellar Jamet or Bécheras
The weekend is over… you’re relaxed, revitalized and out of it!
Minimum 2 people
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Some ideas for accommodation depending on availability
Some suggestions of restaurants for your weekend
Meet the winemakers and visit the cellars