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 €
In Vaison la Romaine an adventure park has been opened since 2015 with many different and challenging rope structures between the trees in a beautiful park. Children and adults can take the course under supervision. In total the activity takes up to 2.5 hours. Prices are from 5 euros (2016) and the course is suitable from 3 years old. You will find the park near the Carpe Diem camping. Comming from Crestet and passing the camping on your right hand side take the first exit to the left towards the old town of Vaison la Romaine. You wil find the park on your left just before the bridge.
For more information, take a look at the French-speaking website.
Every year in France the summer is commenced on 21 June by a music festival that is called "Fête de la Musique". Vaison la Romaine offers every year performances in various places in the city. All in all, a nice way for you to celebrate the beginning of the French summer.
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.
In Fontaine-de-Vaucluse you can rent canoes and kayaks to explore La Sorgue river. The route of Fonaine-de-Vaucluse is 8 km long and therefore very good to do with children. At the rental time all the equipment and the shuttle bus back are included. There is a restaurant and a playground for the youngest with mini canoes.
Look for more information on the website.
La Compagnie des Chats is a restaurant / bar where you can are in the company of several cats. Really something for the cats lovers among you! You can have simple and cozy food and drinks. They have delicious tea and coffee with a pie and furthermore salads and snacks. The special thing about the concept is that all cats are up for adoption because they come from the local asylum.
Opening hours (2017) from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to 6:30 pm Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm.
9 Rue des Lices
Near the village of Veaux you can embark on an adventures walk through the Toulourenc river. This year (2015) a compulsory parking space is created about 300 meters from the starting point. Under the bridge the walk starts upstream. The walk goes through a gorge and there a parts where you have to climb over rocky blocks. The walk is about 4.5 km long and 4.5 km back. It is possible to walk back through a GR hiking trail but in the summer it is more pleasant to walk back through the riverbed. It is advisable to bring enough drinking water and the necessary food to compensate for the effort. In addition good water / hiking shoes are necessary and a bag to keep clothes dry depending of the height of the water. Finally it is advisable to leave before 10:00 or after 16:00 in the summer because of the visitors peak. Please check the weather forecasts to make sure that there is no heavy rainfall upstream in the Drome. The first 1 km can also be done with smaller children. Veaux is 9 km away from Entrechaux.
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 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.
In Vaison la Romaine there are many cats to discover between the Roman excavations. One of them is the cat in the photo who chose a beautiful spot to relax. The cats are led by volunteers and, where possible, the propagation is limited. A fun game for big and small.... who discover most cats....
At Leone Ice Cream parlor you can enjoy artisanized ice cream in restaurant style. Who does not feel like ice cream on a hot day overlooking the atmospheric Place Montfort in the center of Vaison la Romaine? The only problem is what tastes to choose while you really want to taste them all! The ice cream parlor is located at the beginning next to the hotel Burrhus. Opened from 10h to 19h on average and closed on monday.
Last weekend we had a wonderful walk with friends on one of the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail. It is a cartel-shaped mountain than originated during the last ice age. The walk is part of the GR4 walk around the Dentellen. The walk begins past the top of the village of Crestet. In the top of the village you have to turn left and then drive straight through a largely paved road. Near Domaine la Verrière, you can park your car along the way, because from here the road becomes more unobtrusive for an ordinary car. Continue the trail straight up. Along the path you will find the markings. At the top you have a very nice view from 500 meters high.
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
The valley of Sainte Jalle is famous for its extensive lavender fields. During July to early August they are in full glory. Via Buis les Baronnies you can make a wonderful trip through the Col d 'Ey. In Saint Jalle you can enjoy a French lunch along a river. On the way you can also stop for a picnic.
Le Sagittaire is a large campsite with a public swimming paradise section. The site is 3 hectares with many different attractions. It offers an indoor heated pool, a pirate ship and a total of 9 slides etc. Please note wearing a swimsuit is mandatory instead of a short.
Parking for free
Up to 2 years free
13/05 au 23/06, 2 to 12 years 8 €, adult 14 €
24/06 au 03/09, 2 to 12 years 14 €, adult 17 €
09/09 au 10/09, 2 to 12 years 11 €, adult 14 €
From 16h00, from 2 to 12 years old 11 €, adult 12 €
Average open from 11h to 19h.
Look for exact times on the website (French-speaking)
This photo has been taken on one of the specially designed MTB trails on the Mont Ventoux. The "Le Bikepark de la Ventoux-sud station" is close to Chalet Reynard and has 5 km of downhill runs. In the summer you can use the ski lifts to go up without difficulty. There are 3 different courses with an increasing difficulty, and there is also a spectacular pumptrack for the experts.
The prices (2015) are:
Full day: € 14
Half day: € 10
Children (up to 14 years):
Full day: € 10
Half day: € 8
Groups (from 5 persons) with graduated guide: € 12
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.
Be aware because it's hard to resist temptation in this store. At Peyrerol they have delicious cakes, pastries, chocolate, etc. It is located in Vaison la Romaine at the beginning of the cross street of central Place Montfort. A local will definitely can show you the way.
5 Cours Henri Fabre - 84110 Vaison La Romaine - Tel: 0033- (0) 490360491
With the Navette Fluviale "Le Ville d'Avignon", an electric ferry, you can go for free on foot and by bike to the other side of the river Rhone. The island of Ile de la Barthelasse is called the green lung of Avignon. You can download a map using bicycle and hiking routes via the following link.
In Avignon you can rent bikes. Across the water you have a beautiful view of the imposing Avignon. Here you can relax and enjoy a self-made picnic. In Avignon you can buy a variety of delicious snacks and a good bottle of wine at the Les Halles indoor market in the morning.
The departure point is to the right of the Pont d'Avignon with your face towards the water. The departure times are (2017):
April 1st to June 30th (May 1st after): Every day from 10h-12h15 / 14h-18h15.
July 1 to August 31: every day from 11h-20h45
1 to 30 September: every day from 10h-12h15 / 14h-18h15