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AttractionsTain l'Hermitage

Tain l'Hermitage is a small town on the Rhône River. Today the town is best known by the wine area of the same name Hermitage - AOC (Appellation d'origine contrôlée). Tain l'Hermitage is also home to chocolate maker Valrhona, who have along with a factory, a chocolate academy and museum in town.

Above Tain l'Hermitage is part of the Hermitage wine growing area. These heights can be accessed by car or foot, for those who like to hike. The heights offer great views of the Rhône Valley along with Tain l'Hermitage and the surrounding countryside. The heights can also be seen from the town. On the heights is the Chapel Hermitage.

Up until the mid 1960s Tain l'Hermitage had one of the oldest suspension bridges in the world - Pont Marc-Seguin. This bridge built in 1825 was destroyed in 1965. Next to it, in 1847 another higher and wider bridge was built - Passerelle Marc-Seguin. This foot bridge is still standing and links Tain l'Hermitage across the Rhône to Tournon-sur-Rhône. Car traffic between Tournon-sur-Rhône and Tain l'Hermitage is still linked via suspension bridge with Pont Gustave Toursier.

Tain l'Hermitage is in the Drôme department just north of Valence and about an hour south of Lyon. It's on the N7 national road (France's once Route 66), There is an exit for Tain l'Hermitage off the A7 Autoroute that runs between Lyon and Marseilles.

Tain l'Hermitage is about half an hour's drive from Hauterive. Home to Le Palais idéal created by Ferdinand Cheval (aka Facteur Cheval - mailman Cheval).

Tain l'Hermitage with Hermitage hill in the background, taken from Tournon-sur-Rhône.

Heights from the center of Tain l'Hermitage.

Entering Tain l'Hermitage.

Rhône River from the heights above Tain l'Hermitage.

Tain l'Hermitage from the heights above it.

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