“LE LOFT DES ANTIQUAIRES”
is an ideal base from which to discover the fabulous natural, architectural and cultural heritage of Provence.
THE TOWNS OF PROVENCE: TOWNS OF GREAT CHARACTER
Villages near l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
- Fontaine-de-Vaucluse - a 7 km/10 min drive: an exceptional site, where the Sorgue spurts out from underground and becomes a waterfall at the foot of an unbelievably stunning cliff.
- Saumane-de-Vaucluse - a 7 km/10 min journey: built on a high rock, this 14th century castle and village (where the marquis d Sade lived as a child) dominates the Sorgues countryside, and offers spectacular views
The villages of the Luberon, listed among “the Most Beautiful Villages in France”
· Gordes: an 18 km/20 min trip: This hilltop village, built out of stone is an unmissable stop during your visit of Provence (the castle, Abbey of Sénanque, Village des Bories...)
· Roussillon: a 25 km/30 min drive: a colourful hilltop village, on top of the largest deposit of ochre in Europe
· Ménerbes: a 18 km/20 min drive: a hill-top village. Its château overlooks the Luberon plain.
· Lourmarin: a 45 km/1h trip: the village and its 15th century (Renaissance) castle reach out into the valley, at the foot of the Luberon hills.
· Ansouis: a 48 km/1h trip: hilltop village, 30 km from Aix-en-Provence. Its 1,000-year-old château dominates the Durance valley.
· And not to be missed the other villages unlisted: Bonnieux, Buoux, Goult, Lacoste, Oppède, Rustrel…
The villages at the base of the Mont-Ventoux, classified among “the Most Beautiful Villages in France”
- Vénasque – 20 km/30 min away: Medieval city at the foot of the Mont Ventoux.
- Séguret - 40 km/50 min away: from the battlements of its medieval chateau you have an exceptional view of the vineyards of the Rhone Valley, running right up to the foothills of the Massif des Dentelles de Montmirail.
- Other unlisted towns and villages, well worth the visit: Vaison-la-Romaine (terrific Roman ruins and a museum), Bédoin, Brantes, Méthamis, Crillon-le-Brave…
The villages of Côtes du Rhône are known the world over for their vineyard visits and their wine tasting.
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 30 km/40 min away
- Gigondas 30 km/40 min away
- Vacqueyras 30 km/40 min away
- Beaumes de Venise 27 km/35 min away
The Alpilles Villages also listed as being among “the Most Beautiful Villages in France”
- Les Baux-de-Provence a 40 km/1h drive, an unmissable stop when visiting the Massif of the Alpilles
- Also worth a visit (other villages): Saint-Rémy-de-Provence a 31 km/40 min drive and Eygalières a 23 km/35 min drive
- Avignon 26 km/35 min away: The Popes Palace; the Bridge of Avignon, and the July Theatre Festival.
- Orange 45 km/40 min away: The Antique Theatre hosts many world-renowned singers every summer as part of its art festival. There is also the Arc de Triomphe, one of the oldest Roman Arcs in Europe.
- Arles 50 km/1h away: this town contains more than 40 historic monuments, including the arena, a magnificent Roman amphitheatre.
- Nîmes 75 km/1h15 away: The arena of Nîmes date from the first century. The Pont de Gard is a masterpiece of Roman architecture and of best Roman constructions in the region. Unmissable.
- Aix-en-Provence 70 km/1h away. This is a lovely town for shopping and admiring the fountains and museums
- Marseille 80 km/1h10 away, Capital of Culture 2013. It is worthwhile visiting its port for its Mediterranean charm, and its calanques (fjords).
- La Côte Bleue a 85 km/1h10m drive. On the west of Marseille: follow the villages of La-Redonne, Carry-le-Rouet, Sausset-les-Pins...
- Marseille, Cassis et les calanques a 110 km/1h20m drive : Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton, En-Vau, Port-Miou, Callelongue, les Goudes, Château d’If, Ile de Riou, Archipel du Frioul
- Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer 90 km/1h40m away: capital of the Camargue, for horses, birds and nature lovers
- Saint-Tropez a 187 km/2h30m drive: the mythic village of the South of France.
- Cannes a 213 km/2h30m drive: with its International Cinema Festival, and its lifestyle
- Provence Golf Country Club: International 18 hole golf course at Saumane-de-Vaucluse
- Cycling: starting at l’Isle sur la Sorgue are numerous cycling routes - around the Luberon, around Mont-Ventoux, in the Dentelles de Montmirail, around l’Isle-sur-la Sorgue, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vaison-la-Romaine, in the Haut-Vaucluse…
- Rock Climbing: The Dentelles de Montmirail, The combes of Ventoux, The cliffs at Buoux in the Luberon… The Vaucluse is a well-known climbing centre in Provence
- Hiking: Mont-Ventoux, Luberon, Dentelles de Montmirail… the Vaucluse is a hiker’s paradise, with more than 3,000 km of signposted routes. You can choose pretty much anything to explore: any sort of Provencal countryside, ochre landscapes, olive trees or lavender fields, vineyards, hilltop villages, forest, and scrubland…
- Canoe-kayak: from l’Isle, Kayak Vert organises a family descent of the Sorgue by kayak, distances are 8km, and 18km
- The Parting of the Waters (Le Partage des Eaux) at l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a fisherman’s paradise. It offers also a cool, peaceful resting hole a short distance from the crowds
- Le Sorguett in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue : a school and place for fly fishing
- La Bull’Aquatic in l'Isle sur la Sorgue: Sport and aquatic center. Open every day, all year.
- The “Festival de Théâtre” of Avignon which takes place every July, for the month, in the Cour d’Honneur of the Palais des Papes (Popes Palace)
- The “Festival Off” d’Avignon: All month, every month of July, this involves many shows in the numerous theatres and streets in Avignon.
- The Festival of Musical Arts d’Orange: taking place in August, the choirs of Orange perform in the Antique Theatre.
- The Festival of Dance, in Vaison: In July, held in the Grand Théâtre Antique de Vaison-la-Romaine
- Choral Events: In August, an international choral event takes place in the Antique Theatre in Vaison-la-Romaine.
- Le Festival of Hebrew Music in Carpentras, at the end of July
- Summer Evenings in Gordes at the Théâtre des Terrasses, in August
- The Trans’Art Festival in Carpentras: music, humour, theater, dance and festivities, in July and August
- The Alpilles Festival from June to August, in Maussane, Lamanon, Paradou, Les Baux de Provence et Saint Etienne du Grès
- The Lavender Festival in Valréas at the beginning of August
- International Congress of Photography, in Arles, all summer. Exhibitions and training courses.
- The Tour de France in July, often includes cycling up the Mont-Ventoux
- Font’Arts at Pernes-les-Fontaines: Theatre festival and street music, circus and art
- Floating Market (Marché Flottant) at l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: the first Sunday in August
- International Antique and Brocante Fair every Easter and every year on August 15 in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: antiques, art, modern and decorative objects.
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