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Montélimar is a charming town in the Drôme region of France, with a history stretching back to the era of Ancient Rome. Montélimar is the second-largest town in the region, after Valence. Travelers with a sweet tooth can indulge in the world-famous nougat of Montélimar, which became famous from word-of-mouth recommendations after the Second World War. The train station Montélimar Gare Routière has been serving travelers in the region since 1854. In 2016, the interior of this old station was finally modernized, to make it fully accessible to travelers with disabilities.
Walking to train station Montélimar Gare Routière from the city center is exceptionally easy and delightful, as travelers can cut through Montélimar park to reach the station. However, for travelers with large luggage, even a short walk can be inconvenient, and luckily, there are other travel options available. From Montélimar city center, passengers can easily board the regional 2, 5, or 35 buses, which stop in front of the train station. Buses depart between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. every day of the week. Trains only depart between these hours, so this should be no inconvenience for travelers. For travelers who wish to drive to the station, short-term parking is available in front of the station, for a fee. Train station Montélimar Gare Routière does not facilitate long-term options. Taxi drivers can take passengers to the front of the station.
Train station Montélimar Gare Routière is 0.3 miles (0.6 kilometers) from Montélimar city center, and making the journey on foot only takes a short eight minutes. However, passengers can choose to leisurely stroll through a charming park with a small pond to reach the station. A walk through the park can take upwards of 15 minutes but promises a very pleasant journey. Alternatively, passengers can board the public buses 2, 5, or 35, which take approximately six minutes to reach the Montélimar station from the city center. Driving by car or taxi is by far the fastest way to reach train station Montélimar Gare Routière from the city center and takes only four minutes.
Train station Montélimar Gare Routière is accessible for passengers with limited mobility. Barrier-free access to platforms is available for those in wheelchairs and those with other access needs. Ramps are fitted throughout the station to provide ease of movement from one section of the station to another. Passengers with limited mobility are advised to ensure the appropriate special assistance is waiting for them upon arrival at the station by contacting the customer service desk at least 48 hours in advance of departure. However, the customer service department does promise to provide special assistance upon arrival on the day of travel, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Lovers of desserts, rejoice: Montélimar is most famous for its nougat - so famous it is even mentioned in an ode to desserts by The Beatles, "Savoy Truffle'" featured on The White Album. This nougat first gained popularity following the Second World War, when those who had tasted it during the conflict spread rumors of just how delightful it was back home. Soon, travelers visiting the glamorous French Riviera would make a trip to Montélimar on their journey home just to taste this delightful nougat for themselves. A stroll down the main street, the Rue Pierre Julien, promises a wide variety of patisseries selling this elegant nougat. The nougat is still only made with the finest natural ingredients: only sugar, egg whites, honey, pistachio, and vanilla pod. Travelers who want to discover more of the history of the sweet should visit Palais des Bonbons et du Nougat, a museum devoted to the nougat making of Montélimar. Inside, travelers will find displays in French and English explaining the long and illustrious history of sweet-making in the region. Zany displays include famous works of art made of sweets: even a nougat Mona Lisa! Those who lack a sweet tooth can still enjoy the remarkable wealth of history in Montélimar. The 12th century Castle Chateau des Adhemar sits on a hilltop above the town and is a remarkable example of the French Gothic. The house of the former president of the French Republic Emile Loubet is preserved, as is a Renaissance town-house.