There are 29 segments of the Huguenot and Waldensian trail in France, all located in the Rhône-Alpes region. One of the nine segments running through the “Drôme” department ─ which spans 116 of the trail’s 374 total kilometres ─ is the 6-hour hike from Dieulefit to Bourdeaux, which covers 15.5 kilometres and reaches elevations of up to 681 metres. Part of this stretch takes travellers through the market town of Dieulefit and its feudal fortifications from the 13th century, as well as to the 40 workshops that still exist from the height of its pottery days in the 19th century. Along the trail, other highlights include the Notre Dame de la Calle chapel, which dates back to 1810, and the Castle Saint-Andre, sitting in a perched village above the “Bois de Vache,” a former place of worship.
The region of Drôme Provençale sits between Dauphiné and Provence at the foot of Mont Ventoux, an area along the Mediterranean lined with lavender fields and olive groves that’s so picture-perfect, it has been the subject of paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Cézanne. The Huguenot and Waldensian trail runs through the countryside of Dieulefit-Bourdeaux (known for its pottery), 30 kilometres east of Montélimar, while the Routes of the Olive Tree passes through Nyons, a village in the Regional Park of Les Baronnies Provençales in the east of the Rhône Valley, 60 kilometres north of Avignon.
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