Le Vaucluse

The region of Vaucluse offers the opportunity to go back in time and visit numerous monuments : the Gallo-Roman remains in Orange, Vaison, Arles, Nîmes and the Pont du Gard, the Roman and Gothic churches and abbeys, the chateaux of Ansouis, Lourmarin, Barbentane. Without forgetting the numerous museums of art and popular tradition, paintings and other collections, the L’Harmas museum, home of Jean Henri Fabre, the bakery museum in Bonnieux, the lavender museum in Coustellet or the wine growers museum in Châteauneuf du pape…

Abbaye Notre-Dame-de-Sénanque : 70 km

To the north of Gordes, at the bottom of the valley, enjoy the magnificent view over Senanque Abbey. .
Sénanque Abbey was built in the 12th century by the Cistercian monks, and is one of the most beautiful Romanesque abbeys in Provence. The Abbey is an active Cistercian monastery today, and is open to the public.

Apt : 88 km

Apt is situated in the heart of the Luberon Nature Reserve between the mountains of Vaucluse and Luberon.
This pleasant city, so typical of Provence, is well reputed for its local products. Apt will charm you with its lovely little streets leading you through the old city, passing by ancient fountains , private mansions, and tiny tree filled squares.

Avignon : 48 km

Selected as the European Capital of Culture in the year 2000, ranked as UNESCO World Heritage, Avignon is home to extraordinary architectural heritage that reflects its long and varied history. Avignon was already an important crossroads in the 12th century, due in part to the role played by its bridge, the famous Pont d’Avignon, which spanned the Rhône. With the arrival of the Popes in the 14th century, Avignon became a second Rome, and remained a pontifical possession until the French Revolution.
It is the City of Popes. The biggest Gothic Palace in the world. Seven Popes and two schismatic Popes lived in Avignon from 1309 until 1403.
The Avignon Bridge was first built out of wood in the late 12th century, on top of old Roman foundations. It was then rebuilt in stone in the 13th century .The bridge is famous the world over due to the well-loved children’s song.

Beaumes de Venise : 33 km

Romanesque art, emanating from the 11th century religious revival, is the style of the beautiful churches in Beaumes-de-Venise and of many rural chapels

Bollene

Bollene is an ancient city with a rich history that has witnessed the passing of several civilisations. The most well-known is the troglodyte of Barry (one of the most important in French history). In the old town of Bollène, you can see lovely old doors, several “hôtels particuliers” and charming squares, so typical of Provence. At the Couvent des Ursulines you will discover rows of arches, huge stairways and an ancient chapel. From the high-point of the village and the beautiful gardens which surround the Collégiale St Martin, you can admire the view of the Cévennes, la Vallée du Rhône and the old houses

Carpentras : 40 km

In the center with its streets bathed in coolness and light, one discovers the wealth of its history. There is the Porte d’Orange, ruins of the old fortress, the episcopal palace, St. Siffrein Cathedral, the Hôtel Dieu and its superb18th c. pharmacy.

Cavaillon : 70 km

For most French people Cavaillon means first of all -melons! Cavaillon has a rich cultural heritage which one can discover while strolling through the old city. Besides the pretty little streets and squares decorated with flowers, there is the most beautiful synagogue of Europe (18th c) and its museum,a twelfth century cathedral and cloister, a first century Roman arch, and many lovely old homes.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape : 39 km

The most renowned wine in the Côtes du Rhône. Internationally famous for its very special characteristics stemming from the strong sunshine and low rainfall and other aspects of the local terroir

Les Dentelles de Montmirail : 30 km

The word Montmirail comes from the Latin (Mons mirabilis) for admirable mountain, and is a good description. The finely-chiselled seemingly lacy hills in the Dentelles are a stunning backdrop for the villages and vineyards. Here, the climate and vegetation is pure Mediterranean. Aromatic herbs, green oak, Aleppo pine, and of course vineyards.
Lots of activities to do in the Dentelles too – strolling the beautiful villages, hiking, cycling, mountain biking and rock climbing all lead the way…

Enclave des Papes : 27 km

The Enclave of the Popes belongs to the Provence, albeit located in the Departement Drôme, separated from the Provence proper by roughly 2.5 km at the closest point. Its four towns have a rich history – we recommend to visit Visan and Richerenches, Valréas, the largest town, and nearby Grillon. Enjoy the vineyards, the lavender fields and the green rolling hills and historic villages.

Gigondas : 28 km

Gigondas is a picturesque village surrounded by ramparts dating from the Middle Ages. The Dentelles de Montmirail serve as its background. See the 11th c. Chapel of Saint Cosme with its beautiful romanes apses, the Chambre de Turc and the summit of the Dentelles (696 m.).

Gordes : 70 km

Hilltop village, one of the most beautiful villages in France. With its houses clustered around its impressive castle, the village of Gordes overlooking the surrounding plain. With its narrow cobbled streets, Gordes has retained all its charm and authenticity over the centuries thanks to its preserved heritage. Gordes has also been a source of inspiration for such famous artists as Marc Chagall, Victor Vasarely and Pol Mara, among others.

Luberon : 90 km

Wonderful luminosity, a gentle lifestyle and warm colours engulf the Luberon range s and the villages nestled in its hills – five are ranked as among “the most beautiful villages in France”.
The Luberon range peaks at 1125 meters altitude. Hiking paths beckon to all levels of walkers. Abundant flora and fauna are protected by the Luberon Regional Natural Park which covers most of the territory here.

Mont Ventoux – 1912 m : 70 km

Mont Ventoux peaks at 1912 metres and is known as the Giant of Provence. Its majestic silhouette dominates the landscape and is classified as a unesco biosphere reserve.
Mont Ventoux is one of the mythical stages on the Tour de France itineraries.

Mornas : 10 km

Crowed by the 12th century fortress from which there is a magnificent view of the Rhone Valley.

Orange : 20 km

The city was built on the lines of the classic Roman city, and was endowed with many public buildings : the Arch of Triumph welcomes those arriving from the North. The Roman Theatre is the best preserved in the world, with its famous stage wall still intact; the wall King Louis XIV described as being the most beautiful wall in my Kingdom, now ranked as UNESCO Heritage for Humanity.

Pernes-les-Fontaines : 49 km

Pernes-les-Fontaines has many beautiful fountains, all flowing with potable water. The fountains bring life and water to every square throughout Pernes – take the time to wander the lovely old streets to the entrance gate called “Porte de Notre Dame”, a powerfully fortified gate which leads through the ramparts to the center of town and the ancient covered market from the Middle Ages

Sainte Cécile Les Vignes : 12 km

As its name suggests, here you are in one of the most important Côtes du Rhône wine-making areas. Sainte Cécile is a picturesque village for a visit, revealing ancient private mansions and some very interesting ruins. As you walk around, you cannot fail to see the Clock Tower, crowned by its wrought iron campanile with a small bell. You can also visit Sainte Cécile church.

Vaison la Romaine : 31 km

Vaison la Romaine reflects two thousand years of history. The Romans built a splendid city with luxurious villas and baths, the ruins of which can be seen in the “La Villasse” area. The Puymin hill was home to the Roman public buildings, homes and the 6000-seat Roman theatre.

Valréas : 27 km

This is the main town in the Enclave des Papes. The medieval town center has many narrow streets and ancient stone houses forming two concentric circles around 12th century Notre Dame de Nazereth church.

Village des Bories : 70 km

Stone homes clinging to the hillside, nestled around the castle which overlooks the village. See the drystone walls and bories which were lived in by farming families up until the early 20th century.