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My Route du Bonheur

The ’bike’ tour in Provence

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Provence… hills, lavender fields and vineyards. It can be hard sometimes to resist buying the postcard when the scenery on offer looks this much like pages in a glossy magazine. This tour of Provencal flavours almost goes full circle - the starting point in Crillon-le-Brave lies less than 50km from the finish in Gargas. In between, the route leads us to splendid wine warehouses, a bare and mythical mount, gorges and other truly beautiful geological formations, limestone and garrigue (scrubland), convents and even an observatory. Here in the south of France, Provence is not defined by administrative lines, rather it means a certain “notion of France” – sunshine, pine and cypress trees and a way of life.
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1 Crillon le Brave — 1 Night
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Hôtel Crillon le Brave

Crillon le Brave - France

Hotel and restaurant in a village. At the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux is a charming and historic place in a location close to the heart of Paul Cézanne. Former meeting places – a presbytery, stables and a school – have been renovated, restored and converted into beautiful lodgings with wonderful views of “the Giant of Provence”, Mont Ventoux. This is an ideal Provencal base from which to explore the local markets, medieval villages, antique shops, lavender fields and artists’ studios. Other attractions: the abundant and fragrant cuisine of our restaurant Julien Marseault as well as unforgettable Rhône wine tastings, featuring Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. ... Learn moreless

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Beaumes de Venise

Beaumes de Venise

Some ten kilometers west of Crillon-le-Brave, the small village of Beaumes-de-Venise backs onto the Dentelles de Montmirail Mountains, a splendid limestone massif with acute and jagged peaks. Its hillsides covered with vineyards are famous for producing excellent wines, including the famous Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, a natural sweet wine that can be enjoyed in any one of the many wineries in the village.

Village of Beaumes-de-Venise
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Le mont Ventoux

Le mont Ventoux

From a height of 1,912 m, Mount Ventoux, nicknamed the "Giant of Provence", overlooks the Carpentras area and vineyards with its white and stony summit. An isolated mountain, its two access roads are "legendary" for cycling enthusiasts. The ribbon of asphalt still vibrates with the exploits of the Tour de France climbers and the grueling climb on two wheels remains a playing field which is reserved for experienced cyclists. The trip is also amazing by car, which is a much more relaxing option.

Mount Ventoux
 

Nesque gorges

Nesque gorges

Between Mont Ventoux and the Luberon, the 28 kilometers of roads traced along the Nesque Gorges, between Sault and Villes-sur-Auzon, would almost be worth the journey alone. The Nesque weaves its way under a tunnel of greenery, cutting into the relief, while the cliff road boasts magnificent views over the furrow. The route is both picturesque and wild. It is at the Castellaras viewpoint that the series of gorges reveals itself in all its glory…

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La Bonne Étape

Château-Arnoux - France

Hotel and restaurant in a village. Countless generations of the Gleize family have looked after this 17th century post house. The balconies, the mosaiced walkways and the almond-green shutters are the work of Jany, the latest in the line. In the kitchen he reinvents the Provencal recipes of grandmother Gabrielle, with traditional flavours. Sweets are a tribute to Jany’s father, Pierre, a confectioner. Sample the delicious lavender honey ice cream served in it’s bee hive. A vegetable and a landscaped garden blend flowers, fruit and vegetables. Much more than simply a stopover, this is a voyage for the senses and a stepping stone to reaching perfect happiness. ... Learn moreless

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Les Pénitents des Mées

Les Pénitents des Mées

The legend associated with these rocks dates back to the late 19th century. Local families still talk about these stones via hints, somewhat fearfully referring to the petrified monks wearing their frocks and pointed hoods. Beliefs are strong here and even the tour guides now mention the site by the name of the "Mées Penitents". It is impossible to miss this geological formation formed by eroded bedrock which stretches for nearly 2.5 kilometers along the plateau.

La Citadelle de Sisteron

La Citadelle de Sisteron

You just have to look up and see it majestically overlooking the Durance valley. The Sisteron Citadel dominates the entire Haute Provence region from its rocky outcrop. From its bastions or keep, you can see (from far away) enemy troops (or coaches of tourists) arriving. Built from the 13th century, the Citadel has continually seen its architecture change over the centuries. A tour with commentary in six different languages allows you to discover its incredible history… 

Sisteron Citadel

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Le Couvent des Minimes Hôtel & Spa L'Occitane

Mane - France

Hotel and restaurant in a park. Nestled on the hillside near the idyllic village of Mane and drenched in Provencal sunshine, this convent was home to nuns before it was converted into an upscale hotel. Protected from the Mistral wind by the statuesque Volx Rock, the building, which dates back to 1613, is a blend of medieval architecture and contemporary design. You will be delighted by the period facades, 100 year-old terraced gardens, and the station of the cross overlooking the environs. The rooms have been decorated with great attention to detail and have a gentle Mediterranean style, as does Le Couvent des Minimes Hôtel & Spa, a temple to wellness and a promise of renewed well-being. ... Learn moreless

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The L'Occitane Spa

The L'Occitane Spa

With its indoor chromotherapy pool, 100% natural treatment rooms, steam room and sauna, the "L’Occitane" spa of the Minimes Convent has the perfect equipment to make you forget big and small efforts. Behind this famous Provencal brand of wellness products, hides a world of scents and sweet delights to be enjoyed in perfect relaxation in both summer and winter..

L'Occitane Spa

Salagon Priory

Salagon Priory

In Mane, very close to the Minimes Convent, hides this wonderful Roman priory with a plain façade illuminated by a beautiful gate. Under the Provence sunshine, visitors can discover the Haute-Provence Ethnological Museum and Conservatory, as well as the Salagon gardens, which offer a fascinating introduction to the Mediterranean and mountain flora.

Salagon Museum

Mane, such a pretty village

Mane, such a pretty village

I really like this village, which is ideally located between Provence and the Alps… the ones in Haute-Provence! You can appreciate its calm and solitude all the more when you learn that the commune boasts important remains of the past. There is, of course, Couvent des Minimes, a superb R&C hotel. There is also the Prieuré de Salagon, the Château de Sauvan (a mini Versailles!), the Roman bridge and vestiges of aristocratic residences. I even learnt that the Romans had sent the Via Domitia through Mane…

 

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The Haute-Provence Observatory

The Haute-Provence Observatory

A few white domes scattered across the scrubland grab the attention of travelers arriving from Saint-Michel. Installed here because of the clearness of the sky at the end of the 1930s, the Astronomical Observatory is still active. The general public can also be initiated into the mysteries of the sky alongside the astronomers. The Astronomy Center offers evening observation gatherings and other events. 

The Haute-Provence Observatory

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Coquillade Village

Gargas - France

Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard. Located on a hill overlooking a winery estate, the Domaine de La Coquillade boasts exceptional views of the Luberon and Mont Ventoux. This charming hamlet includes six residences, the oldest dating back to the 11th century. Experience a blend of authenticity and ecology in the heart of the vineyards. Savour either gourmet modern or traditional cuisine, and delight the palate with vintages from the Aureto vineyard. Cycling enthusiasts can discover the countryside at their own pace. Lovers of Provence and fans of wine or wide-open spaces will be truly enchanted with the serenity and well-being to be found in this idyllic setting. ... Learn moreless

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Wine Tasting at La Coquillade's Aureto Winery

Wine Tasting at La Coquillade's Aureto Winery

As a land full of flavors, the Luberon is famous for its wines. So how could you resist a wine tasting session at the La Coquillade estate to discover the subtlety of Provençal flavors? Over thirty hectares of land, you can sample wines produced by sustainable farming in a relaxed atmosphere under the watchful eye of Pierre, the manager of the Aureto Winery. Tasting workshops are also scheduled.

 

Ode to the paradise of the bicycle…

Ode to the paradise of the bicycle…

I simply have to mention Hotel La Coquillade again, as this hotel is, for me, a paradise in paradise. Gourmet cuisine, total comfort, exceptional views …, perfect in all respects. The myriad of little roads all around the hotel and the village of Gargas, are a delight for cyclists and provide the opportunity to explore the finest towns in Provence that I have ever seen.

The iconic villages of the Luberon by bike

The iconic villages of the Luberon by bike

Lots of cycling enthusiasts ride on this course of about sixty kilometers from La Coquillade. Whether you're on a racing bike or mountain bike - available from the hotel - this route allows you to ride to Roussillon, Gordes, Ménerbes and Bonnieux, four of the most famous villages in the Luberon. One after the other, you can discover the ocher buildings of Roussillon, the tiered houses of Gordes and the Ménerbes site. 

Roussillon en Provence
Gordes Village
 

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