The Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is situated in a valley not far from Venasque and Gordes. It is an abbey of the 12th century where cistercian monks still live and work. Church services are held all year round which you can attend. The acces is the most beautiful when the lavender field in front is in bloom in July. A day trip to the abbey can be combined with a vist to Gordes. Keep in mind that the steep road to the abbey is one-way traffic.
- Adult: 7,50 €
- Student (18-25 years): 5 €
- Child (6-17 years): 3 €
Under the name of Carrières Lumières you can enjoy a beautiful spectacle near Les Baux de Provence in an old quarry. In large spaces of a total of 7000 m2, art is projected accompanied by mostly classical music. Do not forget to bring some warm clothes because the temperature inside is constantly lower than the outside temperature.
Opening hours (2017):
April to September from 9h30 - 19h.
October to January 10h - 18h.
Last entrance 1 hour before closing.
Costs (2016) 10 €, 8 € for a child between 7 - 17, from 2nd child from 7 to 17 and under 7 free of charge with proof.
Address; Route de Maillane, 13520 Les Baux de Provence, Tél. : 04 90 54 47 37
Check out the current program.
Within 5 minutes walking distance of our farm is the "Espace botanique Les Piboules" of Entrechaux. It is a landscaped hiking trail on a natural plot of land next to the river. There are explanation boards placed at many locally grown plants, shrubs and trees. There are various climbing equipment for the children. When you walk down the gravel road you should not go straight to the Roman bridge but turn left. After about 200 meters, the entrance is on the right side of the road.
At the village of Remuzat beyond Nyons you can admire very impressive vultures if you are lucky. There are a lot of vultures who have there nests against the steep hiil clif. You have to leave your car in the parking lot and then walk towards a plateau where you can spot the vultures. Take good care of your children because there is no fencing. Before arriving at the parking lot enjoy a nice picnic at the picnic table on the right of a sharp turn to the left. Check out the website to discover the animal species. Do not forget to bring your binoculars!
Every autumn at the end of October, early November, the Festival of Soupes is organized in and around Vaison la Romaine in 20 villages. Everybody can join and every village gets a local winner. The winners finally battle for the honor and the wooden soup spoon in Vaison la Romaine. Everyone can taste the different soups for free. Most of the time it is also possible to eat together at long tables. Truly an experience!
Visit the website for the program:
Every year a fireworks show is being held in Vaison la Romaine on the French national holiday day of 14 July. The fireworks are set off behind the Roman excavations creating a special setting. Around 22 when it is completely dark the performance begins. Make sure to be there ahead of time to find an available parking space.
Karting à la Dutch Max Verstappen is possible in Monteux 30 km away from our holiday homes. Again, something different to fill a holiday... The adult course is 850 meters long and 8 meters wide. For children from 3 years there is also a separate course. The prices (2016) start from 15 euros for 10 minutes for the kids. There is also a paintball area of 3000 m2 with prices from 9 euros for max 30 minutes. Finally you can find 18-hole minigolf from 8 euro pp.
Visit the website for more information (unfortunately only in French).
Karting de Monteux
Chemin de la Grange Neuve, 84170
From above the world looks more beautiful. With a parapent flight you can enjoy the hill and mountainous scenery. In the vicinity of Buis les Barronies it is possible to make a flight with Baronnies parapents. From the top of the Col d'Ey you can make a flight above the lavender valley of St. Jalle which offers stunning views in summer. Tandem leaps are possible from 55 euros.
For more information and current prices, visit the French and English website.
The Orange Theater is one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world. Especially because the backdoor is still largely intact. It is very impressive from the outside but more on the inside. Through the free audio tour you will experience the theater in its glory time. Nowadays the theater is used mainly in the summer for all kinds of performances at world level. On the site you can consult the program (see link below). We enjoyed the atmosphere and are definitely going to attend a show. You too?
January, February, November and December from 9h30 - 16h30
March and October from 9h30 - 17h30
April, May and September from 9h - 18h
June, July and August from 9h - 19h
9.5 € including audio tour and visit the Musée d'Orange
Children between 7 and 17 years 7.5 €
Children under 7 years free of charge
Second child between 7 and 17 years free
Internet site in French and English.
Visit the website for more information www.theatre-antique.com
If you have some vacation money left then this is a very spectacular way to complete a holiday... At a distance of 70 km you can enjoy an unforgettable experience in the early morning. Montgolfière Vol-Terre is located in Roussillon and offers several possibilities. The flight takes about an hour and ends with champagne and a diploma. Look for prices (2 persons for 400 euros) and possibilities on the French-speaking website www.montgolfiere-luberon.com
Just outside the picturesque village of Roussillon lies "Le sentier des ocres". It is an impressive area where you can walk through the rich deposits (see photo, person at the top right in relation to the whole). It is a beautiful spectacle with red, orange and yellow tones created millions of years ago by oxidation. There is a choice of walks between 30 and 60 minutes. The park is open all year long from 9:30 to 18:30. Do not forget to visit the village itself where the natural oak shades are found in the houses. In the high season it is wise to be on time due to limited parking facilities.
Normal price: € 2.50
Reduced: € 1.50 (groups of more than 15 people):
Free: Children under 10 years old.
Very nice for kids but also for adults. Le Petit Train runs along all the venues in Vaison. The cathedral, the Roman bridge, the excavations and the old city. The ride takes about 30 minutes.
From 08 April to 07 July 2017
And from 04 to 30 September 2017
From Monday to Sunday
• 14:15 • 15:00 • 15:45 • 16:30 • 17:15
Closed on Tuesdays
From 08 July to 03 September 2017
From Monday to Sunday
• 10 am • 10.45 am • 11.30 am
• 14:15 • 15:00 • 15:45 • 16:30 • 17:15
Closed on Tuesdays
From 14 July to 15 August 2017
Additional departure 18:00
€ 5 per adult - € 4 on display of ticket old excavations
€ 3 from 12 to 17 years - 2.50 € on display of ticket old excavations
Free up to 12 years.
Want to enjoy a day in a relaxed way? Then visit Spa Ventoux Provence in Malaucene. The spa offers an extensive range of beauty treatments and massages. There is an attractive restaurant with beautiful views.
From Monday to Friday you have access to the following for 27 euros (35 euros on weekends and public holidays, prices 2015):
The large heated swimming pool, geyser, swan neck, massage rays, jacuzzis, Hammam, Finnish sauna, salt grotto, space cardio - training room, solarium and restaurant-tearoom.
Visit the website for more information www.spa-ventoux-provence.com
Bambouseraie is a beautifully landscaped 12 ha park that is over 160 years old. In addition to many bamboo variants many other beautiful tree species can be found. There is a Japanese garden and a dragon-shaped garden, there are greenhouses and a maze that is fun to explore with children. All in all, a nice trip for the whole family.
For more information visit www.bambouseraie.com/en
The park is 120 km away near Anduze
552 rue de Montsauve
Opening hours from April to September 9.30h to 19.00h
Children 4 to 11 years 6.30 €
Adults 10.50 €
In the center of Vaison la Romaine there are several Roman excavations at various locations. It is France's most valuable sighted place. During the months of June to September the following opening hours apply.
Puymin - Musée is open from 9h30 - 18h30.
La Vilasse from 10h - 12h and 14h30 - 18h30 (closed on Tuesday morning due to the market).
The Cloître (Monastery) is open from 10h - 12h15 and 14h - 18h15.
You can buy a pass that is valid for two days. Prices 2017 Adults € 7.5, children € 3.5. The "Le Petit Train" tour (see article under category child friendly) costs € 10 and € 5. An audio tour is available free of charge (limited stock!).
Near Pierrelatte is "La Ferme aux Crocodiles". There are more than 350 crocodiles in a conservatory of 8000 m2. In addition to the crocodiles there are also land turtles to admire. It is open 365 days a year. From early March until the end of September from 9:30 to 19:00. From early October to late February from 9:30 to 17:00. Entrance fees are free for children up to 3 years. From 3 to 12 years it costs 8 euros and for adults 13 euros (2016).
The distance from Entrechaux is 48 km.
Visit the website for more information www.lafermeauxcrocodiles.com