Situated on the banks of the river Rhone, midway between Paris and Marseilles, Valence is at a commercial and tourist crossroads. Sometimes called “the gateway to the Midi”, it is well served with motorways, the acclaimed TGV railway, an international airport and the river traffic of the Rhone. To the East, are Switzerland and Italy, whilst Germany and Spain lie a little further to the North East and South West.

For winter sports enthusiasts, the Alps are within easy reach, and in summer the sun-soaked hills and valleys of the nearby Ardèche and Drôme regions make it an ideal base for active outdoor activities. The historic towns of Nîmes, Orange and Avignon are a short distance away, and passing by vineyards and lavender fields, a drive of around two hours will take you to the beaches of the Mediterranean.

Valence can trace its history back to Roman times, and a walk in front of the 19th century facades that line its boulevards, or a stroll through its spacious parks remind the visitor of its elegant past. Yet the town has also moved with the times. It is an artistic and cultural centre for the region, with many of its industries being high-tech.

Find out more about Valence here: Valence Town website

Wikipedia page for Valence

And here for past and present news about twinning with Valence.

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