Lonely Planet describes it best: There is no more sun- and celebrity-rich part of southern France than this iconic wedge of glittering coast, mountain retreat, Roman temple and gastronomic art de vivre than the Provence.
Travelling à la Provençal means sensual sauntering past scented lavender fields and chestnut forests; through fresh apple-green vineyards and silvery olive groves; around markets, Matisse-designed chapels and medieval hilltop villages impossibly perched on rocky crags. – Lonely Planet
So prepare for heart-and-soul seduction.
Be it with two wheels or four – on the back of a bicycle or with roof rolled back in a vintage Citroën 2CV – no region better begs lazy days out, interrupted only by copious alfresco lunches.
For an area that is fairly compact, there are many choices. Just savoring the beauty, clear skies, and changing terrain of the area provides a special vacation. There is truly something for everyone in Provence!
Discover the area surrounding our Bed & Breakfast: it’s full of historical sites. Many towns/villages include Roman ruins, old churches, cobblestone streets, and beautiful fountains. Each village is more charming than the next. The larger towns, such as Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence and Orange all have sites of historical significance. All are well within a 60 mins driving distance from Domaine du Moulin.
Avignon, one of three UNESCO World Heritage sites in the area, is best known for the “Palais des Papes”, a beautiful complex at one side of the city overlooking the Rhone River. When you visit the Palace, With the same ticket you can visit the romantic Pont d’Avignon. Avignon is also a great place for shopping and dining, and offers great strolls through the city. Have lunch on one of many terraces overlooking the square on “Place d’Horloge”, shaded by the huge Plantan trees. During the month of August Avignon is the center of cultural festivities as it celebrates its famous annual “Festival d’Avignon”.
Als on on UNESCO’s list is Orange, which was originally governed by the (Dutch) House of Orange. It was a vibrant, active Roman City in its day. Although many of the city’s structures were demolished in the 13th century, there are two structures that can be visited today: The “Théatre” and the “Arc de Triomphe”. The Théatre is at the base of the Colline St Eturope, dominating the opposite square with the museum and the cafés.
For the lovers of art and paintings, follow Van Gogh’s footsteps in Arles, where you can discover why Van Gogh got inspired by Provence. In Aix-en-Provence, take a tour to Cezanne’s home and catch a glimpse of Mont Ste-Victoire. Make sure to visit the pitoresque St. Paul de Vence, which offers several great art museums, numerous art galleries and breathtaking views. Alternatively, select one or more of the museums unique to the area, such as the Musee de la Lavande on the D2 toward Gordes or the Musee de l’Olivier, celebrating the olive tree in Haut-d-Cagnes (old Cagnes).
Shopping & Vineyards
Serious shopping can be done in Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, where numerous brand stores can be found as well as smaller designer shops (Armani, Massimo Dutti, Sonya Rykiel, etc.). If you’re a delicacy lover, pack a picnic basket from the 40-plus outlets filling Les Halles’ food market in Avignon. Definitely worth a visit! Avignon is 16 km from B&B Domaine du Moulin.
Or explore the Cevennes National Parc. There are several small villages to discover as you explore the Cevennes, including La-Garde-Guerin, a fortified village and Le Pont-de-Montvert, a very attractive small village.
Provence is a gourmand’s paradise. Only several kilomters away from Domaine du Moulin, go visit the famous wineries of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Tavel and Lirac for great wine tastings at the cooperatives or right on the domaine!
You probably know Chateauneuf-du-Pape produces some of the best reds in the Rhone valley. But did you know that a Tavel Rosé is present on every menu of every 3 star restaurant in France..?
Markets to visit
The markets, not to be missed, are a treat for the senses…..sight, sound, smell. These lively events, held every day of the week somewhere in Provence, provide a great opportunity to purchase a beautiful tablecloth, some sweet smelling soaps, a bottle of freshly pressed olive oil or select a painting to commemorate your trip.
If it is Sunday, it must be Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the antique center of Provence is frequently featured in US home decorating magazines. Well-known as the antique center of Provence, the market at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue does not disappoint. Vendors set up along both sides of the Sorgue River and along the streets leading to the center of town.
Most of the antique dealers are found along the street across the river from center of town. Look for antique linens, old advertising prints, silver, and glassware. Many of the permanent antique shops are also open.
St. Remy is one of the larger markets and a must see on Wednesdays. Vendors take over the public parking lot and line the streets of the town to the opposite side. There is a concentration of vendors around the Hotel d’Ville. Find the vendor selling the warm nuts with a hard sugar coating…too good to pass up! There are usually 3-4 artists at this market.
For the outdoorsman and sportive people the area around Domaine du Moulin offers tons of opportunities.
Hike or cycle to the top of the infamous Mont Ventoux, well-known from the Tour de France. Alternatively, check out rafting in the Ardèche area or enjoy swimming and picknicking at the rapids at Les Cascades du Sautadet in La Roque-sur-Cèze.
Another option is to take a trip to the beach and discover the Camargues; it’s a must see for those interested in spotting wild horses and visiting the pitoresque village Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, capital of the Camargue and know for its pilgrimage festivals and gypsies.
There are also 5 golf courses in the area most within a 30 min drive from our Bed & Breakfast. For the truly adventurous, try exploring the area by bicycle. Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres borders a large pine forest and offers great trails through the forest.
Alternatively, enjoy rock climbing and canoeing in the river near Goudargues, dubbed the “Venice of the Provence”.
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