Valence is an important crossroads point for the Rhône Valley, and is thus easily accessible by car, regardless of what direction you are coming from. By train you can easily get to the centre of the city from the Valence-Ville station. The CTAV bus line will take you where you need to be. Otherwise, you can quite easily see the main central sights on foot.
Le Suisse is a speciality of Valence and is a small orange-flavoured shortbread cookie shaped like a little man. It was inspired by the uniforms of the Swiss guards that accompanied Pope Pious VI when he died in Valence. The fruits that can be found in the region are peaches, apricots and kiwis. Also try some Valence Dragées. If you’re up to it, go to Chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s restaurant in Valence, which has been awarded 3 Michelin stars. Two other 1 Michelin-starred restaurants are run byf Baptiste Poinot (Flaveurs) and Masashi Ijishi (La Cachette).
Many events take place over the year in Valence. Some of the most noteworthy ones are the Rallye Monte Carlo, which takes place in early January in the style of the motor racing held in Monaco. The Canal Festival takes place in June and is a great chance to discover the city’s wonderful patrimony. The Bouquets de Vins Festival takes place November 11th and is a great chance to taste some of the regional wines. Also, the annual Summer Festival provides residents and visitors with a month of free shows !
The French philosopher Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005) was born in Valence.
http://www.valence.fr/ (official city site) http://www.valencetourisme.com// (Tourist site)