La vie est belle !

N is for Nyons


My theme – “26 Things I’d Like To See During Our Trip To France”


 N is for “Nyons” 

What is this? Qu’est-ce que c’est ?

Nyons is a small town in the Rhone-Alpes région of France, and it has several special designations: It is one of the “Plus Beaux Détours de France” (most beautiful detours in France), it is home to a specific “terroir” which has made it famous for its “tanche”  variety of olives. They are so special, they have an AOC designation. Because of the olive oil, Nyons has also been designated a “site remarquable du goût” (place which is remarkable for the taste of one of its products). According to the official website, this town has long been called “le petit Nice” (the little Nice)

Where is it? Où est-ce?

Nyons is located in the Drome département, Rhone-Alpes région, in the Southeast part of France.Relief map of Nyons


Why do I want to go there? Pourquoi est-ce que je veux y aller ?

Well, it is designated as a “beautiful detour”, and as you can see, it is well situated in our path between Provence and Dijon…sounds like a “detour” waiting to happen!  There is a 600-yr old Roman bridge there, a feudal castle, a beautiful church, and a well-known market every Sunday and Thursday. Who could resist?

There is something a little bit comical about the designation “beautiful detour”  because by definition, one shouldn’t *plan* detours, but why not? So we will see if we can make this “detour” happen. I have enjoyed reading about this town.

And you, dear A to Z-ers?  Et vous ?

What are your favorite “detours” in France? Do you plan them or do they just happen, au hasard ? Dites-moi ! 

2 Responses to “N is for Nyons”

  1. Elizabeth Hein

    This sounds like a great detour. I hope you can be there on a market day because I bet the town is at its best on those days. This might be a good place to have a quiet day on your whirlwind tour of France.
    We stumbled into the town of Riquewihr (in Alsace) on one of our trips during a harvest festival. We were looking to gas up the rental car and get a bite to eat and ended up staying for hours. It was so much fun and well worth the detour.



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