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This wonderful, picturesque village is a ‘must-see’ when visiting the Luberon, and many visitors are attracted by the beautiful old buildings, great restaurants, and several art galleries. The village is a labyrinth of winding narrow streets and squares, lined by beautiful, rustic houses. Various local festivals take place during summer months, offering a great opportunity to soak up some of the local way of life. Roussillon is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the area is well-known for its dramatic red-rock cliffs, interspersed with lush woodland. There are plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling amid this wonderful landscape.
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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!
Distillerie les Agnels: lavender distillery open all year, sale of organic essential oils. Indoor therapeutic pool with lavender water.
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...
if you walk up to the Castrum at the top you get some wonderful panoramic views across the valley to the Grand Luberon, the slopes of Mont Ventoux, and the plateau of the Vaucluse.
Roussillon is full of interesting, photogenic doorways and also has many restaurants to choose from, several of them clustered in the main square.
Every village in Provence was built around a castle or some form of defensive structure, and many of them remain, in differing states, from a few walls to entirely preserved buildings. Some are privately owned and not open to the public, but some can be visited.
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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