The second part of our article to discover all the great things to do and see in Vaucluse visits some hidden gems as well as the most recognized historical sites and great museums. The wonderful countryside and surrounding areas of Vaucluse have so much to offer to both tourists and local citizens.
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
This still remarkably intact abbey was consecrated back in 1178 as a Cistercian religious place. The first thing that you notice as you approach the abbey are the swathes of blue and purple lavender that surround the building. The current monks that inhabit the abbey tend to bees and grow lavender. Tourists can apply to stay at the abbey for a better idea of how life there really is and to enjoy a kind of spiritual retreat, but if you are thinking of visiting the abbey, you must respect the vow of silence the monks have and refrain from speaking.
Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine
One of the very best ways to discover the history of the Vaucluse is to delve back into the past. You can experience a sort of time travel by visiting this marvelous excavation site that dates back to before the Roman Empire. In the dig you can see remains of old theaters, dwellings, markets and shopping areas, water towers, and old churches. This magical site depicts how people lived all those centuries ago in what is now Vaison-la-Romaine, and how they lived on a day to day basis.
Avignon Musee Angladon Avignon
Back in Avignon is a marvelous private museum in the grounds of the hotel Massilain. The museum has a remarkable art collection that features art from the 17th to the 20th Century. The ground floor is devoted to the more recent exhibits, and a charming staircase will take you to the upper floors where the 18th Century art is displayed.
Dentelles de Montmirail
If you prefer to discover more outdoor pleasures, travel to Gigondas to see the magnificent Dentelles de Montmirail which is actually a small mountain chain that form the foothills to the mighty Mont Ventoux. The peaks have a remarkable jagged shape that were formed during the Jurassic period. The Dentelles de Montmirail have upright peaks that are spiky and jagged and wonderful for photographs. The tallest peak is at two thousand four hundred feet, and as whole it covers around eight kilometers. This mountain range is ideal for all sorts of outdoor pursuits, including rock climbing, mountain biking and walking.
Chateau de Lourmarin
No visit to Vaucluse would be complete without setting foot into the elegant French chateau. The Chateau de Lourmarin was the first Renaissance chateau built in the region of Vaucluse. Visitors can see the remnants of the 12th Century site that it was built on, and the current building dates back to the 15th Century, and it houses elegant staircases and monumental fireplaces. Vaucluse is a wonderful area of France, it has so many activities and things to do and see for the whole family. And don’t forget to try the excellent food and wine that is grown locally, perhaps visit a vineyard and see the actual vines that produce the wine.