Long known as the capital of nougat, Montelimar has recently become the second most populous town in the Drôme department. Its attractiveness is due to several factors which explain its development:
It benefits from an almost southern climate, since the mistral often clears the sky when the north of the region is under clouds and rain, which allows for typical crops suited to this climate, such as lavender, fruit trees or almond trees.
Ideally located between Valence and Avignon on the Paris-Lyon-Marseille axis, it is served by the A7 motorway with two entrances, one to the north and the other to the south, and by the TGV with direct links. It is at the crossroads of roads to Privas and Aubenas in the Ardèche and to Dieulefit or Nyons in the Drôme hinterland.
This aspect has encouraged the development of important companies, particularly in transport, logistics, and energy sectors which create jobs.
The quality of life in Montélimar is also due to its tourist attractions. A medieval town dominated by the Adhemar castle, it offers a number of remarkable monuments, such as the Collegiate Church of Sainte Croix and the house of Diane de Poitiers. The region has also kept a very lively pottery tradition in Dieulefit or Cliousclat since ancient times.
It is surrounded by picturesque, perched villages such as Sauzet, La Laupie, Marsanne, Allan, La Garde Adhémar, Mirmande, Grignan on the Drome side, and on the other bank of the Rhône: Rochemaure, Viviers, Alba among others.
Many leisure activities are available to the inhabitants, with the leisure centre established on the banks of a lake near the Rhône, the Via Rhôna linking Lake Geneva to Marseille, which passes in the immediate vicinity of the town and provides a quiet route for cyclists and hikers. There are also many signposted routes in the surrounding hills. And within an hour and a half by car, you can, depending on the season, go to the Mediterranean Sea or to the Vercors for winter sports or hiking.
You will be happy to settle here, alone or with your family, if you are moving for work. Our company will be able to accompany you and advise you when you are looking for accommodation.
Text by Catherine who has lived in Montélimar for many years.