The Abbey’s Rose Garden boasts more than 550 varieties of roses, which have either been spontaneously germinated or introduced. “La Voie des Roses” is a chronological pathway where visitors can learn about the history and evolution of the rose.
Visits to garden and church in 2016:
From 27th March to 30th April & from 1st October to 1st November: every afternoon from 2-6pm: every afternoon from 2-6pm
From 1st May to 30th September: every day from 10.30am to 7pm
The Cistercian Abbey of Valsainte, on the eastern border of Vaucluse, overlooks the village of Simiane-la-Rotonde. This delightful abbey, which was inhabited by monks from the 12th century up until the French Revolution, is surrounded by a charming and unusual garden, classified as a “Remarkable Garden,” by the Ministry of Culture.
You can visit the garden - which is maintained using organic practices - and church (convent only is open to visitors), and learn more about its historical and botanical background by taking a guided or self-guided tour. This is a “garden unlike any other,” where visitors can wander around the dry stone terraces, admiring the collection of 400 varieties of rose bushes, the dry garden, the enclosed garden and small olive grove etc. There’s also a protohistoric solar calendar and other remnants, which together create a truly “timeless walk.” And after all that, you may be tempted to stop off in the orchard or stroll around the small olive grove. Free for children aged 12 and under.Guided tours available throughout the year prior booking required.