Rendez-vous in Vaucluse, Provence

  • Avignon by night

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    Avignon by night

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  • Mont Ventoux and lavender fields

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    Mont Ventoux and lavender fields

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  • Gordes village (Luberon)

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    Gordes village (Luberon)

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  • Ochre in Roussillon

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    Ochre in Roussillon

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  • Montmirail vineyards

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    Montmirail vineyards

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  • Ancient Roman theater in Orange

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    Ancient Roman theater in Orange

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  • 350 antique dealers on Isle sur la Sorgue

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    350 antique dealers on Isle sur la Sorgue

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  • Avignon festival

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    Avignon festival

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Rendez-vous in Vaucluse, Provence 12 rue Collège de la Croix 84000 Avignon fr

Welcome to the heart of Provence: the Luberon Massif with its perched villages, lavender fields and Mont Ventoux, as well as its capital Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its festivals, colourful markets, olive oil and fine wines.

Its exceptionally sunny climate, historic buildings, pristine natural environment where bicycles reign supreme, festivities, and strong sense of tradition, make the Vaucluse the heart of Provence. Its ‘Provençal Grand Canyon’, ancient Roman theatre of Orange, Avignon Festival, vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and truffles are not to be missed. Vaucluse is famous thanks to its flagship sights, cultural events and gastronomy inspired by local products.

Provence, a land of contrasts

The Vaucluse is the soul of Provence, with its sunshine, blue skies, ochre cliffs and lavender fields; but the Pays des Sorgues also has an abundance of water and freshness even in summer. Mont Ventoux, Dentelles de Montmirail and the Luberon Mountains dominate the plains with their orchards and vineyards. The capital Avignon is surrounded by towns like Vaison-la-Romaine, Orange, Apt and L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, along with a multitude of quaint villages.

An outdoor museum

Its turbulent history has given the Vaucluse a strong original identity. The ancient Romans, who felt at home here, erected theatres, which are among the best preserved in Europe. In the Middle Ages, it became home to the Popes who built their palace here, welcomed Jewish communities, and planted vineyards. Powerful lords had their castles, embellished with terraces and gardens. Avignon and Orange are now UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Family holidays

Although the Vaucluse is not on the seaside, it is only an hour’s drive from the Mediterranean, and offers a wide range of activities for the entire family: cycling on 33 marked itineraries and green trails, canoeing on the Sorgue River, rock climbing in the Luberon Mountains and Dentelles de Montmirail, hiking, caving and tree climbing, as well as hands-on workshops, pottery making, treasure hunts in castles, or visits to numerous museums and theatres.

Visit Avignon with the Avignon PASS’ION Pass

Available free of charge at the Tourist Office, this pass offers discounts for admission to museums and monuments. After paying admission to the first site there are 20 to 50% discounts for the others. The pass is valid for 2 weeks for all family members (5 people max) in all Avignon PASS’ION partner sites.

Vaucluse, a land of Festivals

The best known of the festivals of the Vaucluse is in Avignon, with a broad range of theatrical plays in English as well as dance, mime, etc, all perfectly accessible to visitors from abroad. Les Chorégies d’Orange, a great opera festival, takes place in the town’s ancient Roman theatre, and every year, Pierre Cardin produces the Lacoste Festival on his land. Vaison-la-Romaine hosts a dance festival, and all towns and villages celebrate their own traditional fêtes or a local product. Here, the arts all find their place - not just in summer!

A land under Mediterranean influence

The Vaucluse is the garden of France, harbouring treasures cherished by gastronomes. The range of its products are as varied as it is sparkling, thanks to Nature’s generosity: strawberries from Carpentras, melons from Cavaillon, truffles from the Papal Enclave, asparagus from Lauris, cherries from Venasque, lamb from Sault, garlic from Piolenc, olives, Muscat du Ventoux.... And how could we overlook all the herbs: thyme, rosemary, savory, basil, sage, and other aromatic plants that are widely used in our cuisine.
Here, there is no need for sophisticated garnish; early vegetables can be savoured raw with anchovy vinaigrette for anchoïade, or when boiled, they are served with garlic mayonnaise (one of the signatures of Provence) for aioli.

Such evocative names!

From local bistros to traditional restaurants, from farmhouse inns to star-studded tables, our Chefs deploy their imagination, but, above all, they love working with local products.
And there are markets too; some traditional, others innovative, some around themes, but all warm and friendly, colourful and fragrant. The most prestigious of local products are the Vaucluse’s world-renowned wines: Côtes du Rhône, AOC Ventoux and AOC Luberon offer a profusion of flavours and aromas. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is famous the world over, and wine provides subsistence for more than half the villages.

Vaucluse Tourism

12 rue Collège de la Croix
84008 Avignon cedex 1

Tel: 33(4)90 80 47 00

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