The land of the olive and lavender
In the land of the cicadas, taste the olives and olive oil and become heady with the fragrance of lavender. (142 km)
Unmissable : Nyons (place des arcades, early medieval bridge, old ‘château-vieux’ and medieval keep, ‘Tour randonne’, ‘Maison du Dauphin’, ‘quartier des Forts’, archaeological museum,’ jardin des arômes’, oil mills, ‘Bleu Provence’ distilley, vinegar manufactory, micro-brewery, ‘espace Vignolis’ (former mills, ‘scourtinerie’ [mat making]). Mollans-sur-Ouvèze (fountains, bridge-chapel, oil mills). Buis-les-Baronnies (old town, gate of the former Ursulines chapel, ‘digue’ esplanade, olive oil mills, ‘Maison et jardin des plantes’. Gorges d’Ubrieux. Hilltop villages : Venterol (alleys and Romanesque church) and Vinsobres (of wine fame) on a remarkable road.
The + of this circuit : The Romanesque churches of Piégon, Mérindol-les-Oliviers, Ste-Jalle, Montbrison, Pierrelongue. Le Poët-Sigillat and la Roche-St-Secret for lavander. Rémuzat (old village and ‘maison des vautours’ [vultures]), St May gorges (hilltop village). Villeperdrix, restored village. Taulignan (outer fortifications, ramparts and silk museum/workshop), le Pègue, medieval village with its ramparts, château, Romanesque church … Rousset-les-Vignes. See also, the restored village of Rochebrune and its Romanesque church.
All year round.
Message to our camper-van friends : 8 designated ‘aires de service’ at your service on or near the circuit. Our recommendations : Montbrison and Nyons for their siting and amenities.