ypical villages
Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Lacoste, Fontaine de Vaucluse...etc. are beautiful old villages. Enjoy their Provence open-air markets (do not miss the Saturday morning market in Apt).

 

Further, you can admire:

  • Marseilles, famous for its « Vieux Port » (Old Port), the Cannebière and its « Calanques »;
  • Aix en Provence, with at its heart the Cours Mirabeau, a beautiful tree-lined avenue with many shops and attractions, with its numerous old fountains and the Sainte Victoire Mountain;
  • Avignon, with the historical Palace of Popes and its ramparts;


  
useums


Provencal creche in Cavaillon – lavender in Coustellet – stained glass in Gordes –  corkscrew in Menerbes  – tapestry in Aix en Provence and many more !



ome inescapable sights

  • The Senanque Abbey, a beautiful twelfth century edifice;
  • The cedar forest of Bonnieux;
  • The old town of Lacoste, beloved by artists, with its castle, once the property of the Marquis de Sade;
  • The ochre conservatory in Roussillon;
  •  The “Bories” village at Gordes;
  • Of course, the magical ochre site of Gargas, opposite La Chapelle du Bruoux! Discover its huge galleries and its open ochre quarry, an ever-varying coloured scenery ranging from bright yellow to deep red.  A feast for the eyes! Tours are organised every week.

 

ome history of the area

Gargas means “Mount” in Provençal. The village of Gargas has 3,000 inhabitants. In the midst of plains, it is located at 4 km from the southern end of the wooded plateau of the Vaucluse Mountains.  Gargas is nested at an altitude of 280 meters and is situated at 50 km East from Avignon and 4 km from the town of Apt. The village is overlooked by three mounts and comprises many hamlets. The hill of Perreal, which peaks at 471 meters, constitutes a historical and geological site—classified and protected by UNESCO. It is a protected area within which “one must respect” rare plants. It is a prehistoric site and has remains of the Gallo-roman period. On top of the Perreal hill, we can visit ruins of a Gaulish oppidum occupied until the 1st century AD as well as the Roman Chapel of Sainte Radegonde, built in 1551.

eritage of the ochres


A rich heritage of ochre from the end of the 19th century remains in Gargas, which is also the last European village where ochre is still mined.  You can admire an exceptional site---The Mines of Bruoux--- opposite La Chapelle du Bruoux. Ochre miners have carved huge galleries of many kilometres long. Guided tours are organised to visit galleries of 650 meters long. Schedules for visits are at your disposal. A beautiful curiosity that you must not miss during your stay!