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Leisure Activities

While there are numerous things to do we have tried here to give you a sample. Local activities include cycling, horse riding, mountain biking, mountaineering, paragliding, swimming, tennis, walking, writing, landscape painting, drawing, petanque, quad biking, hang gliding, hiking and walking in the fields and the woods. 

Markets and Festivals

The markets in the area are just wonderful. Almost everyday there will be some market with specialist ones by little villages, such as antique fairs, springing up all the time. Banon has a market in its town square on Tuesdays where you can find many of the local cheeses, olives, sausages, fruits and vegetables as well as a large variety of non food items. A short drive away two large markets occur on Monday at Foucalquier and Saturdays at Apt. These markets are immense and the variety, colours and many traditional provencial products will keep you busy all day. Additionally you will find a numerous number of village markets to fill each day of the week.

The markets are a wonderful place for food and artisian items

Festivals in the area almost happen every other day of the week. From the Cheese Festival of Banon in late May to the Melon Festival in Cavillion and the almost month long immense theatre and dance festival in Avignon in July, you will find festivals along almost every theme from antiques, artisanale, apricots, farm equipment, the fire festival as well as many that simply celebrate the village.

Sightseeing

There are many places to explore. Nearby you will find the medieval town of Foucalquier with its beautiful narrow streets, Simiane a world heritage listed village, and the very traditional Montsalier (where I was born pop. 63) with the three windmills on the climb to its ancient location. There are dozens of villages that will enthral with their deep history and beauty.

Fontaine du Vaucluse - the spring creates a fast flowing river through the village

Easy Day trips would include visits to Avignon, Aix en Provence, Apt, Gorges du Verdon with the many lakes, Little Colorado Provencial (with its many sand colours), Gordes, Luberon National Park and Villages. Further afield day trips would include Saint Tropez, Calanques of Cassis, Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo, in fact all the Cote d'Azur, Nimes, Arles, Camargue, Parc du Mercantour, Marseille and the French Alps with the Ski fields.

Left: Gordes is a beautiful village nearby Below: Take a flight over the area, Verdon Gorges and the crypt in Apt

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