Rolling lavender fields and tiny stone villages are the classic images of the Drôme Provençale in south-eastern France. The Mediterranean climate here contributes not just to the area’s beauty but its celebrated cuisine: olive oil, goats’ cheeses, black truffles and honey are a few of the local specialties. The Drôme is also rich in historical and cultural attractions. As well as fortified cities and castles, there are some fascinating museums in the region’s smaller towns. Those wanting to learn more about the spread of Protestantism in France in the 16th century should head for Poët-Laval, where the Protestant museum of the Dauphiné is well worth a visit.