In the surroundings of Le Rêve Provençal

There is plenty to do in the surroundings of Le Rêve Provençal. Whether you like walking, cycling, doing nothing, castles or Provençal markets.


When you think of Provence, you naturally immediately think of lavender. The lavender fields are in bloom from about mid-June to mid-July. The attached map of Les routes de la lavande shows from when and where the lavender blooms and is harvested.

In Nyons you can visit the lavender distillery Bleu Provence. Guided tours are given and many different products containing lavender can be purchased.

More about lavender in the blog Lavender in  the Provence.

Lavender flowering period in Provence
The Vinsobres vineyards with the Mont Ventoux in the background

Wine & olive oil

Le Rêve Provençal is surrounded by – mostly organic – vineyards and olive groves, where wine or olive oil can be bought on site. We are in the middle of the black olive of Nyons area.

Tip: The Office du Tourisme in Mirabel-aux-Baronnies is also a point of sale for local wines and olive oil. The nice thing is that you can taste these wines and olive oils for free. Recommended.

Filling a drinking bottle during a bicycle ride in the Drôme Provençale
Climbing the Col de Pègue on a bicycle
Cycling in Pernes-les-Fontaines
Climbing the Col d'Ey on a bicycle

Cycling in the Provence

The region is of course known to cyclists because of the Mont Ventoux. Le Rêve Provençal is located just 20 km from Malaucène. But there is so much more to cycle than just Mont Ventoux. Not only on road bikes, but also on mountain bikes. For mountain bikers we have a guide with routes available in the gîte.

Tip: More information on climbing tje Mont Ventoux by bike can be found in the blog Climbing Mont Ventoux on bike.

Trips from Le Rêve Provençal

There is much to see and do in the area surrounding Le Rêve Provençal. Not only for adults, but also for families.

There are nice walks. There is a walking guide in the gîte. You can even walk through a river; the Gorges de Toulourenc. This is wonderful in warm weather. During the walk you can have a picnic on one of the beaches. Departure point: bridge over the river Toulourenc near the village of Veaux.

Near Remuzat it is possible to observe a vulture colony with different species of vultures up close.

An aventure park in the trees can be found in the forest above Nyons. And near Buis-les-Baronnies there is a via ferrata.

Walking in the Gorges du Toulourenc
Le château de Grignan

Visiting a castle is also possible: Grignan, Suze la Rousse (with wine university) or the sturdy castle of Barroux.

Children can learn to make soap at the Bleu Provence lavender distillery in Nyons.

In the vicinity of Le Rêve Provençal you also will find 2 swimming paradises. That of camping Le Sagittaire (3.6 km) and Nyonsoleïado in Nyons (8 km).


Going to the market is of course part of a holiday in the Provence. It is also a great opportunity to visit the nice villages and towns near Le Rêve Provençal. Most markets start very early in the morning and finish around noon.

Tulette (18 km) / Bédoin (30 km)

Vaison-la-Romaine (10 km) / Grignan (32 km)

Buis-les-Baronnies (23 km) / Valréas (18 km)

Nyons (8 km) / Séguret (only during summer holidays, 19 km)

Pierrelatte (43 km) / Carpentras (36 km)

Grillon (29 km) / Vaison-la-Romaine (fruit and vegetables)

Nyons (8 km) / Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (56 km) / Carpentras / Orange / Jonquières /
Mornas / Vaison-la-Romaine

Tip: In high season, go early to the larger markets such as Nyons and Vaison-la-Romaine.

A visit to a market can often be easily combined with another outing. Some ideas:

In Vaison-la-Romaine: visit the Roman ruins, the Roman bridge and the old, medieval city.

More to do in Grignan: Visit Grignan castle, the largest Renaissance castle in southeastern France.

On the way to Buis-les-Baronnies, visit the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Consolation in Pierrelongue, a church built on a 23-meter high rock.

Valréas is an enclave of the Vaucluse department in the Drôme department.On the road to Valréas, the village of Vinsobres is worth a detour.

There is so much to see and do in Nyons. You can easily spend a day there. For example, there is the Olive Museum and the aforementioned lavender distillery. There are also many good restaurants and the beautiful Randonne Tower.

Seguret has the “Les plus beaux Villages de France” label, which is rewarded to the most beautiful villages in France.

In Pierrelatte there is the Crocodile Farm. Where, furthermore, not only crocodiles, but also birds, fish and snakes can be seen.

Grillon is a beautiful medieval village.

A visit to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is very nice. A place rich in flowers and water. Nearby is Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the source and karst source of the Vaucluse river.

What guests wrote

Great stay!

A lovely place to stay! The gîte is simply but tastefully decorated, there is plenty of light, lovely beds and all the comforts. It is blissful relaxing by the fine pool, enjoying apéro on the terrace and cooking on the plancha. The gîte is very quiet but a perfect base for exploring the region! It is a very beautiful region! We enjoyed it to the full!
Tip: be sure to follow Margriet’s blog with all the tips on trips in the area.

De Cuyper Ann-Sophie

A pleasant, quiet stay

We had a lovely stay in your quiet gîte with no one around and great weather! We enjoyed the pool and the surroundings.


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