Château de Murol
The castle of Murol in Auvergne was built in the 12th century at the top of a hill. Medieval stronghold, it is today a testimony of a seigneurial prosperous life thanks to a mediation staging the everyday life of a feudal lord.
One of the tallest keeps in France, the Crest tower overlooks the Drôme valley. Built during the 12th century in the heart of an imposing castle, the keep was converted into a prison in 1633 when the rest of the stronghold was destroyed. Also known as the “Bastille of the South”, it still retains graffiti and historical documents which are testament to the daily life of prisoners who have been locked away here for three centuries.
The Grotte Chauvet 2
The Grotte Chauvet 2 is the most important replica of a painted cave in the world. It recreates the extraordinary rock paintings, drawings and engravings found in the Chauvet Cave, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The site comprises the reproduction of the Chauvet Cave, a discovery centre called “Galerie de l’Aurignacien” and a pedagogical space.
Museum of Montmartre
Created in 1960, the museum is laid out in the oldest building of the Butte Montmartre, the Maison du Bel Air, built in the 17th century. A meeting place and residence, it attracted many artists such as Renoir and Raoul Dufy. The museum’s collections are made up of paintings, posters and drawings by Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Valadon… that in their own way recount the history of the Butte Montmartre.
Sightseeing Train of the Ardèche
Leaving from Tournon-sur-Rhône, the steam train of the Ardèche heads into the gorges of the Doux. Relying on numerous engineering works, it runs along the precipices, crosses viaducts over the Doux river and traverses a 265-metre long tunnel through the Mordane Hill. The railway line was built right on the hillside between 1886 and 1891. It reopened in 2013.