Avignon, the city and the Popes’ Palace, has a tumultuous past and has played a major part in European history. It lapsed into anonymity in the 19th century, becoming a cultural capital in the 20th century.
Created in 1946 by Jean Vilar, its Theatre Festival is now internationally famous.
In the heart of the Lubéron, listed as another of the most beautiful villages in France, Roussillon will enchant you with its ochre rocks which are constantly changing colour in the varying light. The warmth and charm of the small hillside houses will enchant you.
Today, the colour ochre still attracts tourists: ochre-painted houses in the narrow shop-lined streets; you can also take the Ochre Paths and visit the Colorado of the Provence.
Bedoin, near the Les Verguettes camp-site, snuggles at the bottom of the southern face of the Mont Ventoux and has its own special climate with sunshine almost every day, as it is sheltered from the gusty “Mistral” wind which blows from the North.
The Bedoin market is an event not to be missed. The whole village is reserved for the market and its visitors. Scents of the Provence, olives, tapenades, take-away meals, herbs and spices, cheese – you can find everything at the Bedoin market.
Formerly a fishing village, the host of canals reveal that the village sprawls over several islands. Water is everywhere and summer tourists savour this cool oasis to shelter from the hot Provençal sun.
Famous for its antique shops, art galleries, shops specialising in home decors, doll and old toy museum, you will also enjoy sauntering through the old town which has truly exceptional buildings and monuments.
Near the Les Verguettes camp-site, is Mont Ventoux- the Giant of the Provence, classified by UNESCO as a “Biosphere Reserve”, which towers to 1,912m and has exceptional views over the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Camargue, the lower Rhône valley, the Cevennes and the Massif Central.
There are several routes to the top, including that taken by the Tour de France. There are also an Alpine and Nordic ski resort, horse riding possibilities, mountain and trail biking, wheelie slides, a centre to learn about astronomy and hotel with a restaurant.
Located between Villes-sur-Auzon and Monieux, the Nesque river Gorges are the most spectacular in the Provence, second only to the Gorges du Verdon. An impressive, wild canyon, with fantastic rock formations.
Some splendid, narrow paths take you down to the bottom of the Gorges and the river Nesque. Many view-points to make the most of the spectacular views.