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Region: Rhône-Alpes
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Valence is a city in southeastern France, the capital of the department of Drôme, situated on the left bank of the Rhône in the Region Rhône-Alpes, 65 miles south of Lyon on the railway to Marseille. Its inhabitants are called Valentinois or the Valentinoises. Valence was a part of the French Towns and Lands of Art and History and the city received four flowers in the Concours des villes et villages fleuris. Formerly the duchy of Valentinois, it was ruled by the Duke of Valentinois, a title which is still claimed by the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, though he has no actual administrative control over the area.


Known in Roman times as Valentia Julia, the city had been the capital of the Segalauni, and the seat of a celebrated school prior to the Roman conquest. It became a colony under Augustus, and was an important town of Viennensis Prima under Valentinian I. It was the seat of a bishopric perhaps as early as the 4th century.

In the fifth century, control of Valentia passed from the Romans to the Alans and other barbarians: In 413, the Goths under Ataulf besieged and captured the usurper Jovinus at Valentia on behalf of the emperor Honorius. In 440, Alans led by Sambida were given deserted lands in Valentia by the Romans[1]. Three years later, Aetius settled the Burgundians in the region, which became part of their kingdom until 534. The city then fell successively under the power of the Franks, the Arabs of Spain, the sovereigns of Arles, the emperors of Germany, the counts of Valentinois, the counts of Toulouse, as well as its own bishops, who struggled to retain the control of the city they had won in the fifth century. These bishops were often in conflict with the citizens and the counts of Valentinois and to strengthen their hands against the latter the pope in 1275 united their bishopric with that of Die.

The citizens put themselves under the protection of the dauphin, and in 1456 had their rights and privileges confirmed by Louis XI and put on an equal footing with those of the rest of Dauphiné, the bishops consenting to recognize the suzerainty of the dauphin. In the 16th century Valence became the center of Protestantism for the province in 1563. The town was fortified by King Francois I. It became the seat of a celebrated university in the middle of the 15th century; but the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 struck a fatal blow at its industry, commerce and population.

More informations about the history of Valence at Wikipedia!


The Champs de Mars

More informations about the places to visit in Valence on the wikivoyage:Valence and even the Official Website of the Office of Tourism !


Free Internet/Wifi Access

Here is a list of places where you can get an Internet/Wifi Access:

  • MTP Fontbarlettes - Adress: 27, rue Charles Gounod - Tel: 04 75 42 04 63
  • Médiathèque publique et universitaire - Adress: Place Charles Huguenel - Tel: 04-75-79-23-70
  • Pôle EPN - Adress: Régie de quartier - 8, rue George Bizet - Tel: 04 75 55 70 83
  • CRAC Centre de Recherche et d Action Culturelle - Adress: 36, Boulevard du Général de Gaulle - Tel: 04 75 82 44 19

Nice & Cheap Places

  • LE SAINT JACQUES (traditional cuisine)

9 Faubourg Saint Jacques 26000 Valence Tel : 04 75 86 11 50

  • SASSOUN (Armenian)

8 rue d'Arménie 26000 Valence Tel : 04 75 56 22 99

  • SHALIMAR (Indian)

6 place Saint Jean 26000 Valence Tel : 04 75 55 97 70

  • TARTINE ET BOUCHON (Tartines, salads)

Place de la Pierre 26000 Valence Tel : 04 75 42 62 54

  • LE PETIT NAPLES (pizzeria)

11 rue Baudin 26000 Valence Tel : 04 75 56 40 05


Some great bars & pubs in Valence :


Avenue Felix Faure 26000 Valence

  • LE ZANZIBAR (rhum)

51 avenue Sadi Carnot 26000 Valence


6 Côte Chapelier 26000 Valence


Rue Denis Papin 26000 Valence

  • PENNY KENNY'S (Irish pub)

65 avenue Gambetta 26000 Valence

  • CHEZ NENETTE ET MARCEL (dancing bar)

61 avenue Sadi Carnot 26000 Valence

Night clubs :


89 Avenue Sadi Carnot 26000 Valence Tel : 04 75 78 06 06


26120 Chabeuil Tel : 04 75 85 24 77


There are about 150 Couchsurfers in Valence and its area. You can check the CS Group of Valence or simply a couchsearch to find and contact them.


There are sometimes some meetings organised in Valence, just check the CS Group of Valence to see what happen in the city and/or the Regional CS Group of Rhône-Alpes to see if there is any event in the area.

You can contact the moderators of the group Eugenia or Katiana.

Coffee or a Drink

Here is a list of persons who are ready to have a drink with you and/or show you the city:



How to get to Valence

  • By Car:

- Highway A7, exit Valence Nord or Valence Sud, direction centre ville

Lyon is 100 kms away.

- Highway A49, Grenoble is 95 kms away.

- Highway A47, Saint Etienne is 113 kms away.

  • By train:

- Valence Ville station, 38, rue Denis Papin

- Valence TGV station (direction Romans, exit 4)

There are buses and trains between the 2 train stations.

  • By Plane:

Lyon Saint Exupery airport is 30 minutes away by train




  • Police Station:

Tel: 17

  • Health Urgency:

Tel: 15

  • Hospital:
  • Fireman Station:

Tel: 18

  • Embassy:
  • Emergency Doctor:


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Le Dauphiné Libéré, local newspaper, August 2010