Haute-Vaucluse is a wonderful region of oak-shrouded valleys and peaceful villages. Far from the usual tourist haunts, Haute-Vaucluse is a perfect place to escape into the Provence countryside. Rural and steeped in history, Haute-Vaucluse is an idyllic place to stay throughout the year.
There are an astonishing number of Roman ruins scattered throughout the Haute-Vaucluse countryside. In almost every village in Haute-Vaucluse is an impressive reminder of the Roman era, from dramatic theatres to ornate villas. There are traces from throughout history in Haute-Vaucluse in fact. The medieval castles and pre-historic dolmen of the region are fantastically preserved in the majority of cases too, attracting many historians to Haute-Vaucluse accommodation each year.
The countryside of Haute-Vaucluse is superb for walking, horse riding and cycling holidays. There are vast swathes of open countryside to travel, as well as marked paths to follow, often taking walkers and riders to some of the best historical sites in the area. Cycling tours are particularly popular from Haute-Vaucluse holiday rentals, and the terrain is such that you do not have to be a professional cyclist to enjoy travelling the meandering lanes that open up the region.
The village of Vaison-la-Romaine is the jewel of Haute-Vaucluse, and even if you take a holiday rental elsewhere in Haute-Vaucluse, the village is certainly worth a visit. The village is filled with archaeological discoveries of the highest quality, especially those of the Roman era, during which time Haute-Vaucluse rose to glory. The mosaics, marble statues and pillars in the area are an amazing sight, inspiring to any visitor, whether they have an interest in history or not.
The town of Orange is very large, and filled with outstanding Roman monuments, form the skyline dominating theatre to the Triumphal Arch. The monuments of Orange are absolutely spectacular, and the cafés and restaurants in the centre of town are absolutely fantastic, allowing you to relax in peace, watching the world drift by and enjoying the wonderfully hearty local cuisine.
The compact village of Suze-la-Rousse clings to the side of a wooded hill. The spectacular Chateau de Suze-la-Rousse is in almost immaculate condition, which is a fantastic treat for visitors, as the huge castle can be easily toured on foot. The Wine University is a fantastic place in which to sample and learn about local wines.
If you are looking for total peace and quite from a Haute-Vaucluse holiday rental villa, Lagarde-Pareol is the ideal spot to choose. The tiny village is a charming place, completely devoid of tourists or activity for the vast majority of the year. Magnificently based for walking holidays, a holiday villa in Lagarde-Pareol is a real delight to visit, but don’t expect to be able to pop out to a local nightclub!
Marseille Airport (MRS) is the closest to a holiday rental villa in Haute-Vaucluse. Located 100km from the centre of Haute-Vaucluse, Marseille Airport can be reached in well under two hours. There are many direct flights from the UK to Marseille, landing at regular times throughout the year. Renting a hire car is strongly advised when taking a Haute-Vaucluse holiday.