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.
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.
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.