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Located in south-eastern France, 100km south of Lyon and 130km north of Avignon, Valence sits on the left bank of the Rhône River, which is just across the A7 motorway from the Kyriad Valence North Hotel. This small city of about 67,000 is the capital of the Drôme department in the Rhône-Alps region of France. Valence has a long history, dating all the way back to the Roman Empire, and has been occupied by many populations throughout its existence.
Valence became a Roman colony under Emperor Augustus, and remained under the control of the Romans until the 5th century. Between the 5th and 6th centuries, the Goths, the Alans and then the Burgundians controlled Valence. The Burgundians lost control of the city in 534, after which Valence was successively occupied by the Franks, Arabs from Spain, sovereigns from Arles, rulers from the Holy Roman Empire, as well as local counts and bishops, before joining France in 1446.