Around Vinsobres, you will never run out of things to see and do ..
Whether you’re here for a day or a week, you’ll find an abundance of activities to suit your stay. Below are just a few of the many attractions and activities on offer.
Every Monday morning all year round, a tiny local Farmers Market holds forth right in Vinsobres, behind the Marie. There you can purchase olive oil, honey, cheese, veggies all without leaving the village. There is also tennis in the village, just book the court from the tourist bureau next to the Marie.
There are too many wineries to count in the area, as well as other places to sample the delicacies such as the famous Nyons’ olives and oils, lavender, apricots, honey and nougat. You won’t run out of places to visit or things to see and do.
Nyons has a cinema, many cafes and restaurants, an outdoor theater, tennis, supermarkets, banking & services… plus one of Provence’s best Market Days. Wine tasting is everywhere! Hike or horseback ride, following high altitude paths of the WW2 French Resistance or if you are a cyclist, bike your way around the valley vineyards or attempt climbing Mount Ventoux, a famous mountain leg used in the Tour de France.
Vaison la Romaine is only 15 minutes away with Roman ruins and a fantastic market every Tuesday. Grignon with it’s superb castle is only 20 minutes away also, in the opposite direction. North from Nyons are the scenic gorges and then the beginning of the stunning French alps with great skiing in winter, hiking in summer and breathtaking scenery. Marseilles and the famous French Riviera Cote d’ Azur, is about and hour and a half drive south. Avignon is also only 45 minutes to the south. There are music, opera & dance spectaculars in Vaison-la-Romaine, Orange, Arles and (a day trip) Nimes. Avignon’s Festival, only an hour away, is home to a huge number of theatrical productions.
There’s a gigantic outdoor Municipal Swim Center with cafe – a great place for cool family fun in Nyons, and another memorable public pool is found beneath the Marquise-de-Sevigny’s huge Renaissance castle at Grignan. While you’re there, Chateau Grignon is well worth a visit, as well as touring the local shops. Closer still is Franceloc, with its huge water amusement park, just a kilometre down the road on the way to Nyons.
If you want a bit more life – Nyons has a great street cafe culture – and one of Provence’s liveliest Market Days occurs every Thursday in Nyons – only 7 kms away! A vast lavender harvest occurs in June/July with countless tiny distilleries perfuming the air. There are sunflower fields and olive, apricot and cherry orchards all around here. Village summer festivities feature fireworks, music, dining and dancing. September brings the grape harvests (though you could probably go wine tasting everyday for a year and still not have exhausted the caves and the local wines.) The autumn colors are amazing in October and November, and by Christmas the olives are ready to harvest. Christmas brings its own traditions and superb food delicacies.
Forty-five minutes north of Vinsobres lies a peaceful village of Dieulefit famous for its pottery and Picodon Dieulefit goat cheese. Dieulefit has been a ‘Potter’s paradise’ since Gallo-Roman time. Pottery-makers in the area from the 1st century to the first half of the 20th century have been using the same type of unique yellow clay extracted from the Les Vitrouillères pit. Take time to explore the many workshops in the area and don’t leave without sampling the Picodon.