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Saint-Marcellin country

Saint Antoine L'Abbaye

Nuts and cheese

Winding through walnut groves against a backdrop of the Vercors mountains, this route leads to the splendid medieval village of Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye. The itinerary also features some more unusual attractions, like the calcifi ed moss of the La Sône botanical gardens, and riverboat rides on the Isère.

Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye

The medieval village of Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye is one of the treasures of Rhône-Alpes heritage.
Discover the majestic gothic abbey, built between the 13th and 15th centuries, and wander through the narrow medieval streets.
Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye is also home to a departmental museum, located in the building that once housed novice members of the religious order of Saint Antoine. The museum presents the history of the village, as well as that of the abbey and its doctor-monks. The museum also houses the works of painter Jean Vinay.

Jardin ferroviaire de Chatte

Not far from Saint-Marcellin, the village of Chatte is home to an unusual curiosity: a model train garden. Around 30 model trains run through a natural decor made from rocks and plants. There are scenes representing prominent local figures and nearby buildings, like the Saint Antoine abbey.

Jardin des fontaines pétrifiantes

Not far from here, the Jardin des Fontaines Petrifi antes (garden of petrified fountains) of La Sône is a botanical garden built around formations of calcified moss, featuring a 30-metre waterfall. The garden is home to 600 plant species from all over the world. Unique decorations are integrated into the aquatic setting.

Riverboat

Not far from the garden, you can take a boat ride up the Isère river on the Royans-Vercors riverboat. As it passes Saint-Marcellin, the river becomes wide and calm. The reed beds on the riverbanks teem with aquatic birds, and the Vercors mountains provide an aesthetic backdrop for it all.



Saint-marcellin, nuts and ravioli

The Saint-Marcellin region is home to several of Isère’s culinary highlights.

- Saint-Marcellin is a small, round, creamy cheese made from cow’s milk. There are two types of Saint-Marcellin, which differ depending on how they are aged. The more traditional dry version (‘sec’) is firmer, while the softer, creamier version (‘moelleux’) is the result of a longer aging process. www.fromage-saint-marcellin.fr

- Labelled as an AOP (controlled origin) product since 1938, Grenoble walnuts are grown in the Isère valley. Three varieties of walnut merit the AOP label: the parisienne, the mayette, and the franquette. These walnuts can be eaten plain or with cheese or chocolate. Local pastry and restaurant chefs use Grenoble walnuts for a variety of dishes and desserts. www.aoc-noixdegrenoble.com

- Saint-Marcellin ravioli, (‘ravioles,’ in French) are small squares of pasta dough fi lled with cheese and herbs. This local speciality is found on dinner tables all over France. They cook very quickly; one minute in boiling water is sufficient. A good place to buy them in Isère: Ravioles du Dauphin, in Chatte. www.ravioles-du-dauphin.com

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