Bathing, rambling, cycling, or doing nothing at all…
Make the most of nature pursuits until the very last days of summer!
Even for those who aren’t into fishing, in summer the ponds and lakes of Vaucluse are also lovely places to picnic, observe the local flora and fauna, or take a cooling dip in the hot weather. Lac des Salettes is a shady lake that’s very popular in warmer weather. There are lifeguards on duty so it’s a totally safe place to swim, or you could set off for a wonderful outing in a canoe. There’s a zone reserved for fishing, for those who want to enjoy the tranquillity of the lake while scanning the surface for any sign of a bite. Along the banks there’s a treetop adventure trail, traditional French pétanque, and a restaurant, so it’s the perfect place for summertime relaxing!
How would you like to go for a ramble in the company of a donkey? We tried out guided donkey rides along country tracks in the Luberon, organised by Les Grandes Oreilles (“Big Ears”) in Maubec. It was a real joy to amble along the tracks, across fields and forests, to explore the many and varied landscapes typical of this beautiful region. The ride went through vineyards and olive groves, and up into the Luberon foothills… Sitting astride a donkey, children really enjoy these two-hour walks, with lots of fascinating facts thrown in. Our guide told us about the local flora and we were delighted to find so much thyme – a very Provençal culinary herb!
Among bike rides to enjoy along the Côtes du Rhone vineyards, lots of circuits take you on beautiful excursions in the Mont Ventoux area. Criss-crossing pretty landscapes on quiet little roads around the perched villages is a unique experience. We tried a loop exploring neighbouring vineyards, departing from Vaison la Romaine. Head out of town on the RD51, and at the edge of town take the little country road running alongside the vineyards, where you get a magnificent view over the Dentelles de Montmirail range. Wind through the pretty historic villages of Roaix, Rasteau, Sablet (awarded the “Villages of Character” label) with breathtaking views over the Rhone Valley. The last stop is Séguret, one of France’s most beautiful villages, and then the circuit takes you back up to Vaison-la-Romaine. 28 km of pure enchantment!
How about something a little out of the ordinary? Instead of a conventional vehicle, try out machines with three wheels, or two saddles, or even from another era! What could be more fun than riding an electric tricycle, a tandem, or in a horse-drawn carriage? Admire the landscape at a gentler pace, savour the scents of Provence, and immerse yourself in an eco-friendly activity that’s pure summer fun. Provence Hipposervices at the Domaine de Séoul in Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt show you round the natural and cultural highlights of the countryside around Apt – from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage! Olivier’s draft horses pull you along the quiet roads of the Luberon to explore facets of local life like winegrowing, aromatic plants, or the ochre mines.