Montélimar is a small city located amidst the picturesque landscapes and villages of the Drôme Provençal. The city's uncontestable number one attraction is its beloved sweet: nougat. Montélimar has been the home of nougat for centuries and visitors can sample the country's best nougat in various ateliers across town. Other culinary treats can be found at the weekly market, where local artisan products such as fruit, honey, olives, and goat's cheeses are on offer. Montélimar has a lovely historic center, with plenty of shops, characteristic houses, and remarkable classic buildings.
There are several old mansions, including the House of Diane de Poitiers: a Renaissance-style house dating back to the 16th-century. The Saint Martin Gate is one of the last remnants of the old city walls, and a 17th-century Protestant church has been conserved as well. The most iconic landmark of the city is the Adhémar Castle: built in the 12th century, this beautiful castle on top of a hill has consecutively served as a medieval residential palace, a citadel, and a prison - and nowadays houses a contemporary art center. Train station Montelimar is the city's only train station, located a stone's throw away from the historic and shopping center. The city center is completely pedestrian, and walking is the only way to explore this part of the city. For visiting other parts of the city, it's possible to either take the bus, rent a bicycle, or use a car or taxi.
The Allées Provençales - charming boulevards lined with trees and cafes - border the historic center on one side and the city's central park on the other side. From the Allées Provençales, it's just a short walk to train station Montelimar, that's located on the other side of the park. All the important landmarks in the historic center are within easy walking distance from the Allées Provençales. The Adhémar Castle is located east of the historic center and a bit further away from the train station, but the distance is still walkable.
Since there is no public transport available from the castle, travelers who aren't able to walk should either drive a bicycle or take a car or taxi. The famous Arnaud Soubeyran Nougat Museum is located at the south end of the city, and although the walking route is straightforward, the distance is quite far to traverse on foot. As there are no buses from the museum, travelers should either drive a bicycle or take a car or taxi. The museum is located on the Route Nationale (national highway) N7 and particularly easy to access by car.
The distance from the Allées Provençales to train station Montelimar is 0.2 miles (0.4 kilometers) and can be walked in five minutes. Starting from the Allées Provençales, travelers should turn right onto the Avenue du Général de Gaulle stretching out alongside the southern edge of the park and turn right at the roundabout, to find the station on the left-hand side. The distance from Adhémar Castle to the train station is 0.7 miles (1.1 kilometer). It can be walked in 15 minutes, following the Rue de Château down to street level and continuing onto the Rue Arc du Pin, the Rue Prunière, the Rue Pierre Julien, and the Rue Saint-Gaucher, which leads up to the Allées Provençales. From here, it's best to cross over the northern end of the park to reach the train station. By bicycle, it takes approximately seven minutes to get to the station, and by car around six minutes. The distance from the Arnaud Soubeyran Nougat Museum to the train station is 3.2 miles (5.1 kilometer). On foot, travelers can follow the Avenue Jean Jaurès up to the train station, and reach the destination after 46 minutes. By bicycle, the journey takes around 18 minutes. By car, the station can be reached within eight minutes, following along the N7 highway and taking exit 16 or 17 to downtown Montélimar.
Train station Montelimar can provide wheelchairs and boarding ramps if required. For assistance, travelers with reduced mobility can get in touch with Accès Plus: the service provided by the French national railway system. Personal assistants are available to provide on-site assistance boarding and exiting the train and carrying luggage. The service is free, but requires reservation upfront: travelers are urged to enquire and make reservations 48 hours in advance.
Train station Montelimar has two tracks and two platforms and is on the train line between Paris/Lyon and Marseille/Saint-Charles. The station has a parking lot, a small shop and a restaurant. There is no luggage storage available at the station, but shops and hotels nearby are usually willing to store luggage for a small fee. The adjoining public park and its boulevards feature plenty of cafes and restaurants, plus pleasant trees and fountains providing shade and coolness, making this the perfect spot to kill some time before boarding the train.