Some recommended tours:
With the family, or just the two of you, there are some wonderful tours on horseback in the Camargue, and also just a few kilometres from the Mas. Within a 10 km radius, you can see:
- the Abbaye de Frigolet, with its monastery, and plenty of specialities to taste
- the Abbaye de St Roman, with its 7th century tombs
- Boulbon, a pretty little village surrounded by hills (the Alpilles).
At St Roman and in Boulbon you can enjoy the company of wild goats, which will allow you to stroke them. You can also canoe down the Gardon river, and a little further afield, there is the famous Pont du Gard and the museum of the confectionary company Haribo, in Uzès.
This beautiful monument is remarkably well preserved, and is one of the finest medieval castles in France in in Europe. It was built in the 14th century by the Dukes of Anjou, Comtes (Earls) of Provence.
Château de Tarascon, Boulevard du Roi René, 13150 Tarascon. Reception: +33(0)490 910 193.
Les Baux de Provence
This village is in the heart of the Alpilles, perched 245m above sea level on a rocky plateau. It affords breath-taking views over exceptionally beautiful landscapes towards Arles, the Camargue and the Alpilles. The village is listed and is classified as one of France’s “most beautiful villages”. It has been painstakingly restored and today boasts 22 exceptionally fine historic listed buildings: church, castle, town hall, hospital, chapels, houses and doors, and countless pieces of furniture plus a collection of paintings.
The Pont du Gard
This famous bridge fits wonderfully into its natural, delightfully wild surroundings. Its elegance and majesty are a source of fascination for visitors. Two thousand years after its construction, this ancient edifice is still an absolute masterpiece, for its technical prowess and its simple beauty.
It spans the river Gardon and joins the Roman aqueduct that carried water from Uzès to Nimes.
The bridge was listed on the UNESCO world heritage register in 1985. It attracts 1.5 million visitors a year, and is the second most visited monument in the French provinces after the Mont Saint Michel.
Also known as the Papal City or “Altera Roma”, Avignon has preserved the indelible mark of the residence of numerous Popes in the city which for a time was the capital of the medieval western world. Today it is an influential cultural capital with its world famous Theatre Festival.
Nimes goes back two thousand years and has a rich history. Here the Roman circus, the Square House, the Temple of Diana, the Tour Magne and the Pont du Gard Aqueduct form a centre of remarkable and fascinating architectural interest.
Arles is an interesting example of how an ancient city adapts to medieval European civilisation. It has preserved its impressive Roman monuments, the oldest of which – the circus, the Roman theatre and the cryptoporticus – date back to the first century BC. In the fourth century AD it enjoyed a second golden era with the Constantine baths and the Alyscamps necropolis. In the 11th and 12th centuries, Arles was once again one of the finest cities in the Mediterranean region. Within its walls, the ancient cathedral of Saint Trophime with its cloister is one of the major monuments of Romanesque art in Provence.
This village proudly proclaims its status as one of France’s finest villages, with its old narrow cobblestoned streets winding between the tall buildings built into the rock face, clinging on to the hillsides alive with a thousand stories and legends.
Gordes also has a superb castle in the centre, to remind us of its past, full of conquests and suffering. The castle now houses the Pol Mara museum and the town hall.
Located in a triangle formed by the towns of Nimes, Alès and Avignon, the discreet but exquisitely elegant town of Uzès had conserved a number of witnesses of its rich history.
The medieval town is a labyrinth of narrow winding streets and 17th and 18th century manor houses around shaded squares. Every Saturday, under the arches of the Place aux Herbes and the neighbouring streets, there is a market whose renown has long since spread beyond the boundaries of the region. You can find a profusion of local produce in a friendly, colourful atmosphere, typical of the markets in Provence. And don’t forget to visit the Haribo sweets museum just outside the city, to learn about the delicious century old history of confectionary.
Things to do
There are plenty of things to do around the Mas. Museums to visit plus sporting activities.
The Lavender museum was created by the Lincelé family, cultivators and distillers of fine lavender going back five generations.
The farm, “Le Château du Bois” is located in Lagarde d’Apt, on the Vaucluse mountains, at an altitude of 1,100 metres, and they cultivate 80 hectares of fine lavender fields. The family are among the biggest fine lavender producers in the region.
Founded in 1988, this museum with a difference is a mixture of souvenirs of the Maison Souleïado and the history of textile printing in Provence. You can learn all about making fabrics in the rooms of the former mill created over 200 years ago.
Canoes and Kayaks
At the foot of the Vaucluse mountains, the river Sorgue affords magnificent natural landscapes with sun and water to boot. You can see all sorts of species that are specific to the region.
Visiting the Camargue
With the family or just the two of you. You can explore this beautiful region on horseback, in a 4X4 or on foot.