Valréas is the capital of the "Enclave des Papes" from 1317 when Pope John XXII bought Valreas for the papacy of Avignon. The story goes that following a visit to Valreas, feeling unwell, the Pope was offered some wine from the area. Feeling much better for it, he decided to purchase the town to ensure his wine supply.
Situated on the left bank of the Coronne river, Valréas is surrounded by renowned vineyards.Valréas is world famous for its wine production as it is part of the côtes-du Rhône appellation.Read more...
Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes ~ 6 km
Taulignan ~ 7 km
Grillon ~ 7 km
Montbrison-sur-Lez ~ 7 km
Le Pègue ~ 8 km
Rousset-les-Vignes ~ 9 km
Visan ~ 9 km
Richerenches ~ 9 km
Vinsobres ~ 9 km
Saint-Maurice-sur-Eygues ~ 10 km
Salles-sous-Bois ~ 10 km
Grignan ~ 10 km
Colonzelle ~ 10 km
Roche-Saint-Secret-Béconne ~ 11 km
Buisson ~ 12 km
Avignon ~ 68 km
Orange ~ 35km
The beautiful chapelle des Pénitents Blancs dates back from the 17th century and is in perfect condition. During World War II it was there that were laid the bodies of 53 resistants shot by the occupying Forces in Valréas.
Situated on the left bank of the Coronne river, Valréas is surrounded by renowned vineyards.Valréas is world famous for its wine production as it is part of the côtes-du Rhône appellation.
Valréas is dominated by the 12th century Château Ripert tower and by the imposing 12th century Roman church Notre Dame de Nazareth. You can visit the château de Simiane, today transformed into the town hall. A number of prestigious art exhibitions are held in this magnificent 17th century building. The château also houses a superb collection of rare books, including some works dating back to when printing was first invented, before 1500.
Valréas has a number of beautiful old houses. Built in the 17th and 18th century, they are found in the Grand'rue, la rue de l'Horloge and the rue de l'Hôtel de Ville. While walking around the streets of Valréas, it is worth making a detour to the chapel des Pénitents Blancs where you can admire the ceiling inlayed with colourful rosettes...
If you do not like crowds, avoid Valréas from June 23-25... while on the contrary, if you like festivals, music and dancing, come to the "fête du petit Saint Jean" where more than 350 people in traditional dress parade through the streets. At the beginning of August you can also take part in the famous "corso de lavandes" and of course at Christmas, you can see the huge Provençale crèche at the church Notre Dame de Nazareth.
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