The area around Villes-sur-Auzon is filled with the tradition culture of Provence. With beautiful medieval villages around every corner, you will discover ancient churches, spectacular castles, enticing hidden passage ways and stunning fountains that can be standing proudly on a peak or tucked away just waiting to be found.
If you like Roman culture the closely located, stunning town of Vaison La Romain is for you. With its famous ‘Pont Romain’ or Roman bridge and the historic Roman amphitheater nestled amid the busy shops and cafes, it guarantees to fill you with a sense of awe.
The nearby cities of Orange and Avignon are both historic cities, steeped in the history, myths and lore of the regions. Avignon retains a sense of its ancient roots, with the half standing ‘Pont Saint-Bénézet, the towering Palais des Papes and many more ancient gems waiting to be discovered, the city creates a sense of stepping back in time. Orange, however, takes a more modern approach towards its history, putting on shows and a music festival in it’s Unesco World Heritage site, the ‘Théâtre antique d’Orange’, which is described as being “the most impressive still existing in Europe”. And filling the classic, Roman built town with shops, people and activities.
Market days are frequent in the largely rural area. With each town and village having its own bustling and colourful market. Locals and tourists can be found mingling around the busy stalls selling everything from local cheese and wine to clothing and antiquities. However, don’t mistake the rural culture with a lack of choice, dining out in the area is a pleasure with an abundance of varied restaurants, cafes, bars and French bakeries, all waiting to invite you to try their gastronomic delights.
If you want to cool off on the hot, sunny days you can take a dip in the village pool (boys remember your swim trunks not shorts as per French rules) or take a short drive to the “Plan d’Eau”, a lovely swimming lake with its own golden sand beach and café. But with plenty of other swimming lakes and rivers dotted between the villages, you’re sure to find somewhere to enjoy a quiet or fun-filled swim, depending on your tastes.
Internationally renowned as one of the best wine regions in the world, Provence offers a wine experience like no other. There are numerous vineyards in the region and many can be explored to learn about grape growing, wine caves and the rich history of French wine. Not to mention the chance for samples and maybe buying a couple of local bottles to take home
The resort of Alpe D Huez is a very famous and popular cycling and skiing area being host to the world famous “Tour de France” and the world ski championships. It boast that it has 300 days of sunshine each year, nick named “Isle de Soliel” (island in the sun). Ascend via cable car to the top of Pic Blanc and you will find snow all year round while others sit and tan in the resort centre sipping their Genepi (a local liqueur) and Kir (a French drink, comprised of Chambord and white wine).
The stunning Alpine mountains cannot fail to impress you with breath taking scenery in every direction; Mountain lakes, a glacier and the unbelievable altiport are all in this mountain paradise with walking, skiing and cycling routes in all directions.
The village has something for everyone including indoor/outdoor swimming pools, ice skating rink, via ferratta, paragliding, horse riding, quad
biking, shooting and more (even high alpine beach volley ball).
Some of Europe’s best skiing is literally on your door step from gentle beginner slopes to the toughest black run in Europe and the beautiful scenic Sarenne Piste (16 kms of stunning skiing).
Come and see what you can discover you will not want to leave!