"Valence sur Rhone" Valence by pedroswift

Valence Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 19 photos

Fine Port

Valence Port de Plaisance provides a quiet haven off the Rhone River behind an extended breakwater in the southern part of the city. The port provides all facilities including fuel dock.
Of particular importance to me was the quality and clarity of the water in the marina seeing I had some under-water work to do on my vessel. A beautifully clear flowing stream feeds into the marina and displaces the always-dirty river water. The result was under-water visibility of several metres making my dive into the chilly waters very easy and very short.

Supermarket and Restaurant

There is a Geant supermarket and Casino restaurant located about 1 kilometre away to the south east of the marina. A hardware store and Leclerc Supermarket can be found approx 1.3 km east on Ave Victor Hugo together with other stores and restaurants.
We opted to dine at the restaurant at the Ibis Hotel across the road from the Geant Market. Had we been on a road trip we would have probably stayed at Ibis. This one had better than average meals at bargain prices.
Approx Latitude and Longitude : 44º54'33.00" N : 04º52'45.00" E.

Note: to reach the commercial sites it is necessary to cross the main highway, the A7 (Autoroute du Soleil), via an overpass - Rue de Mauboule. We reached Mauboule by crossing the southern edge of the football playing field located east of the midpoint of the marina complex. see the map.

Alternative to Port l'Eperviere

Port l'Eperviere
Am I right ?? It's the port of the sparrowhawk?

There is an alternative mooring (not used by us) 1.2kms upstream of the pleasure boat port. It's a stone/cement quay used by barges. Google Earth has a photo of the quay inserted by the good ship "Clifhanga". Downside is the nearby Autoroute one of the busiest - just metres away.
Quay approx location - 44º55'48.00"N : 04º52'57.00"E

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:quiet harbour
  • Cons:fair walk to shops and eateries
  • Last visit to Valence: Jul 2012
  • Intro Updated Apr 13, 2013
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