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Nestled in amongst the Provencal countryside, Merindol is a small, quaint village situated in the Vaucluse department in the south-east of Provence. Centered between the famous towns of Aix en Provence and Avignon, Merindol is in a fantastic position for exploring the many pretty surrounding villages and for discovering the best that this fascinating region has to offer.View villas in Merindol
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Provencal cooking is a real treat to the taste buds, the sun makes the vegetables grow wonderfully and the olive oil is the key ingredient for most dishes. Everywhere in Provence you will find a lot of seafood dishes, Marseille is particularly popular as the seafood capital. Of course when in Provence dont forget to try those extraordinary cheeses and divine ham.
Nights in Provence are fairly quiet with a good selection of bars and restaurants. Before heading off to dinner, learn how to play the traditional petanque, the Provencale ball game.
What will you find at the markets: the best local, seasonal fruit and vegetables; meat, fish, bread, olives, tapenade, honey and conserves, herbs and spices, cheese, goat cheese, flowers, oils and wines, ready-to-eat rotisserie chickens, Provencal fabrics and housewares; clothes, the perfect straw hat or straw basket to take to the markets, and much else besides.
You cannot leave Provence without visiting one of the wyneries; Château Vignelaure, Château La Coste, Château Léoube, Mas de Cadenet, Clos Mireille-Domaines Ott, Château de Chausse... There is sonething for every taste!
Apart from gazing at lavender fields, you can also visit lavender farms and distilleries, attend lavender festivals at Sault and Valreas, and buy lavender products like oil, essences, perfumes, soap, etc. In Coustellet there is even a Lavender Museum exploring the history of the cultivation of lavender in Provence
Les Gorges de Regalon : just beside Merindol, take a wonderful walk through a narrow canyon; the scenery, terrain, and views all make this hike extremely interesting - actually spectacular.
The Alpilles mountains: at the heart of a region with a unique diversity of landscapes, this unique area was classified as a Parc Naturel Régional
Les Baux is a spectacular rock plateau 250m up in the sky with views south over the Alpilles, and to Arles and the Camargue.
A tour around the Mont Ventoux gives you a different perspective of Provence, from the lavender country round Sault to the west, to the wine country and Roman treasures of Vaison la Romaine in the East, and the beautiful and little-known villages scattered in between.
Greaty number of activities and beautiful spots; you can canoe on the River Agens,or take a trip through the Verdon on an electric boat, cycle on the country roads of Provence or take a horserback ride through the hills...
Eglise St Anne with its curious belt tower
Back to the 16th century, with the destruction of the village and the massacre of hundreds of Protestants
Very little remains of the castle at the top of the village, which abandoned this high promontory for a more favourable spot lower down. But there are great views south and onto the Luberon, and this is a good spot to set off on a mountain hike.
Provence is a great destination for a walking vacation. There are trails for people of all abilities, including many hikes which are very suitable for families with younger children.
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