Nyons church, outside and inside
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Why Nyons is the hidden gem of the Drôme Provençale

Welcome to Nyons, often nicknamed "Le Petit Nice" for its exceptionally sunny climate and mild winters. This charming town is not only a crossroads of natural and historical beauty but also a vibrant centre of gastronomic culture. 
From the moment you arrive, you'll be enveloped by the welcoming atmosphere of this picturesque town. Narrow, winding streets lead you through historic squares adorned with refreshing fountains and inviting terraces where you can sample local specialities.
Get ready to discover why so many visitors are charmed by Nyons, this discreet pearl of the Drôme provençale.

A rich and historic heritage

Nyons, the beating heart of the Drôme Provençale, is famous for its rich heritage, which attracts lovers of history and architecture. Be sure to visit the Tour Randonne and the Pont Romanesque, architectural gems of the town, as well as the recently renovated Place des Arcades. Every street corner tells a story, capturing the essence of a glorious and well-preserved past.

Gastronomic experiences in Nyons

Beyond its history, Nyons is a paradise for gourmets. The region is renowned for its PDO Nyons olive oil, a local treasure that you can discover at Huilerie Richard. This former oil mill offers guided tours where you can taste different olive oils and learn about their production. The weekly Thursday market transforms the town centre into a mosaic of flavours and colours, where local produce such as olives, wines and fresh fruit are king.

Vineyards and discoveries

For wine lovers, Nyons offers privileged access to some of the best vineyards in the Rhône Valley. Establishments such as Domaine Du Chêne Vert. offer not only tastings but also educational tours of the vineyards, where you can learn the intricacies of winemaking. It's a unique opportunity to experience the region's rich winemaking tradition, tasting local wines straight from the source.

Outdoor activities and leisure

Nyons has no shortage of outdoor activities for those looking to explore nature and engage in active adventures. Hiking enthusiasts can explore the many trails that wind through the picturesque landscapes of the Baronnies Provençales. For a unique experience, join a guided walk through olive groves and lavender fields, offering spectacular views and unrivalled photographic opportunities.

Cultural events and festivals

Nyons is also alive with cultural events and festivals throughout the year. The Festival des Oliviers, held every summer, celebrates the culture and history of the olive with cooking demonstrations, workshops and concerts. In winter, don't miss the Christmas market, where you can find handcrafted gifts and sample local specialities in a festive atmosphere.

Whether you're a history buff, a gourmet, a wine lover or an outdoor adventurer, Nyons offers a multitude of rewarding experiences. Plan your visit and discover why this pearl of the Drôme provençale attracts so many visitors.