If you didn’t know it before, you’ll soon realize what makes the attractive town of Montélimar tick: nougat. Shops and signs everywhere proclaim the glory of the stuff, which has been made here for centuries. The vieille ville is made up of narrow lanes that radiate out from the main street, rue Pierre-Julien, which runs from the one remaining medieval gateway on the nineteenth-century ring of boulevards at place St-Martin, south past the church of Sainte-Croix, and on to place Marx-Dormoy.

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