The 7 must-see things to do in Mirmande

Want to visit Mirmande in the Drôme? Here are the 7 must-see things to do in this beautiful French village!

The jewel of the Drôme Valley, Mirmande is a hilltop village. Discover it by strolling through its many picturesque medieval streets. Its authentic stone houses are also home to numerous artists’ workshops and craftsmen, as well as potteries. The village owes its fame to the famous cubist painter André Lhote. He fell in love with the village and set up an art school here in the summer, bringing new life to the village. Would you like to discover this charming Drôme village? In this article, we’ll show you the must-see places to visit in Mirmande!

1. The medieval village

Visiter Mirmande

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Formerly owned by the Adhemar family and ceded to the Bishop of Valence, Mirmande is a typical medieval village. In the 12th century, its heart was located in the upper part of the village. Remains of the ramparts, such as the Tour Ronde and Tour Carrée, can still be admired at the foot of the hill.

From the Tourist Office, climb up to the Eglise Sainte-Foy. Along the way, you’ll be able to admire the aforementioned towers, as well as various buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. These include the old multi-storey bread ovens, houses with mullioned windows, and old shops, including a magnanerie. The latter was used to raise silkworms. Don’t miss l’Échauguette: this tower was once occupied by a watchman who kept an eye on the surrounding area.

2. Sainte-Foy Church

Eglise Sainte-Foy

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If you’re visiting Mirmande, you won’t want to miss this 12th-century church. Listed as a historic monument, it is a marvel of Romanesque architecture. The heart of the medieval village, it has now been desacralized. It now hosts temporary exhibitions and numerous concerts.

Situated at the top of the village, it also offers breathtaking views over the Rhône Valley and the Massif Central.

3. Chapelle Sainte Lucie

Chapelle Sainte-Lucie, Mirmande

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Another religious building is well worth a visit. The Chapelle Sainte-Lucie stands on the outskirts of the medieval village. Built in 1887 thanks to donations from the faithful of Mirmand, don’t miss the opportunity to admire it as you leave the village. You’ll get a great view of the surrounding Drôme countryside.

4. La Porte des Gaultiers

Porte des Gaultiers

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Located at the foot of the medieval village, this gate is the only remnant of the 15th-century rampart. A fresco, restored in 2012, depicts the faithful in procession. These remnants of the ramparts are a reminder of the strategic importance of the village, which was attacked several times during the course of events in the region.

5. La Capitelle

La Capitelle, Mirmande

Photo credit: La Capitelle

This hotel-restaurant was the first home of painter André Lhote. Discovering the village in a state of neglect, with most of the houses in ruins, he decided to acquire several of them. In love with the village, he contributed to its rebirth and preservation. At the time, Mirmande was suffering from the collapse of its main economy: silk production. Thanks to the painter, many artists came to settle in the village, more or less permanently.

A visit to Mirmande is undoubtedly a visit to this symbolic place!

6. Art and craft stores

La petite boutique de Mirmande

Photo credit: La petite boutique de Mirmande

Today, and long after André Lhote settled here, Mirmande remains a haven for artists and craftsmen of all kinds. If you come to visit Mirmande, you can’t fail to discover some of the potteries, boutiques, workshops and galleries of local talent. Many artists and craftspeople open their doors to visitors.

Take a stroll through the medieval village and visit the boutiques. You’ll discover treasures of creativity, know-how, talent and inventiveness. Recommended boutiques include La Petite Boutique and l’Atelier de Mademoiselle Jane.

7. Hiking and mountain biking

Forêt de Marsanne

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Just above Sainte-Foy church, you’ll find the Mirmande-Marsanne forest. This pine forest is the ideal playground for hiking and mountain biking. A variety of itineraries suitable for everyone start here. If you’re visiting Mirmande, be sure to discover this superb natural area. Beautiful scenery awaits you, as do good efforts for the more athletic.

Before you set off, drop in at the Tourist Office for an up-to-date route map and information.

How to get to Mirmande

Located in the Drôme region, Mirmande lies between the towns of Valence to the north and Montélimar to the south. Both cities are just a 30-minute drive from this most beautiful village in France. To reach and visit Mirmande, you’ll ideally need your own car or bicycle. Without a car or bike, you’ll probably have to take a cab or carpool to Mirmande from one of these two towns.

By plane, you can land in Lyon and then take a TER train to Valence or Montélimar. TER or Intercités trains will take you to either of these cities from Montpellier or Marseille, via Avignon of course. In Valence or Montélimar, you can also rent a car to visit Mirmande and the surrounding area.

If you have a car, it’s easy to get to France’s most beautiful village:

  • From Lyon, take the A7 towards D104N at Loriol-sur-Drôme. Take exit 16-Loriol, then the N7 and D57 to Mirmande.
  • From Montpellier, take the A9 to Orange, then the A7 to exit 17 for Saulce-sur-Rhône. Follow the N7 and then the D204A to Mirmande.
  • From Marseille or Avignon, simply follow the A7 to exit 17. Then take the N7 and the D204A to Mirmande.
  • From Grenoble, take the A48, then the A49. Towards Romans-sur-Isère / Valence, join the A7 then exit at Loriol-sur-Drôme.

From all these destinations, Mirmande is a 2-hour drive or less.

Where to stay in Mirmande?

If you’re planning to visit Mirmande, you’re bound to ask yourself the question of accommodation. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of places to stay in and around France’s most beautiful village. For example, you can opt for a hotel or a charming gîte. You can also choose to stay close to nature in a flower-filled campsite, or even give preference to home-stay accommodation thanks to Airbnb.

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