Science and history in Montbéliard
Don’t wait for OUIBUS to get there before you start enjoying your trip: at the heart of the Drôme Provençale, the countryside surrounding Montélimar is full of lavender fields, almond trees, cypresses and tiny villages perched high up in the hills… The highest citadel is the castle of the Adhémar de Monteil family, who gave their name to the town. Built in the 10th century, this medieval palace has undergone many transformations. In addition to the stately living quarters, you can admire the keep and a Romanesque chapel, as well as a fortified wall, which turned the whole place into an impenetrable fortress during the religious wars.
For a different, softer kind of palace, visit the Palais des Bonbons et du Nougat, a huge play area for children on the theme of Montélimar’s most famous sweet treat. Its production is explained at the Arnaud Soubeyran museum… with a tasting at the end of course. In 2017, the sweet will be honoured at the Toques et Nougat festival. During the 2014 edition, it was Michelin-starred chef Jean-François Piège who attempted to make his own version… Surrounded by hills, the city of Montélimar is also capable of downsizing. The land of the santons (Christmas crib figurines) is home to the Museum of Miniatures, where some of the exhibits can only be seen through a magnifying glass! The much bigger European Museum of Fighter Planes will let you admire the most powerful planes in the French fleet… Not quite as well-armed, but infinitely more comfortable, OUIBUS will take you to your next destination when you’re ready!