Les Saisons - Bed and Breakfast - Chambres d'hôtes - 7 Place de l'Oratoire Villeneuve-les-Avignon 30400
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Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is a medieval village tucked away in a "closed valley" in the mountainous Plateau de Vaucluse. The key feature of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is the truly amazing and unique sight of a river gushing up out of the ground - La Fontaine de Vaucluse.
For most of the year you are only able to see the huge cavern in the ground and its deep blue pool of water but during spring or a very heavy rainfall it lives up to its name, with water gushing out at 200m3 (52,000 gallons) every second - this is one of the largest springs in the world.
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avignon film festival last week of june + infos : www.avignonfilmfest.com <http://www.avignonfilmfest.com> festival d'avignon (IN) from 7 to 29 july International theater festival Since 1947, one of the most popular theater festival of the world. Theater, and dance, music... Associated artist for 2009 : WAJDI MOUAWAD. + infos : www.festival-avignon.fr <http://www.festival-avignon.com> (OFF) from 8 to 31 juillet International theatre festival 600 compagnies from whole world and France + infos : www.avignonfestivaletcompagnies.com <http://www.avignonfestivaletcompagnies.com> marche du festival Allées de l'Oulle from 7 to 31 july + infos : <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> Festival provençal july Les nuits du Roure (nights of the Roure) Songs, theater, provencal traditions... + infos : www.nouvello.com <http://www.nouvello.com> marché aux livres d'occasion july fête nationale 14 july Avignon jazz festival august 1st european jazz contest for young musicians. + infos : www.trempjazz.com <http://www.trempjazz.com> ban des vendanges 1st saturday of september Opening for the grape harvest. + d'infos : www.compagnonsdescotesdurhone.com <http://www.compagnonsdescotesdurhone.com> 10 km de la cite des papes 1st sunday of september pedestrial racing around the city salon auto moto retro Parc des expositions 1st week-end of september old cars & motorcycles journées du patrimoine 3th week-end of september Historical patrimony discovering Free entrance in many monuments and museums
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However, it is worth visiting even when the spring is dormant as the town although quite touristic, is still interesting and has many bars and restaurants overlooking the fast moving river Sorgue.
As you approach Roussillon you notice that the earth becomes reddish orange. Roussillon's ochre quarry was one of the most significant ochre deposits in the world and it's natural pigment was used in paints.
Today you can explore the disused quarry, which can only be described as a combination of a mini Grand Canyon and a Martian landscape. Very Beautiful! (don't wear white shoes!)
The village of Rousillon and it's ochre coloured houses sit above the quarry and has several cafes, bars and restaurants to relax in after your exploring.
Fontaine de Vaucluse
(from Villeneuve approx.46km - 45mins)
(from Villeneuve approx.38km - 35 mins)
During the hot Summer months the Gardon and its banks become pleasure beaches. Rafting, kayaking, canoeing, swimming and just about any other water activity you can think of takes place here.
The River Gardon & Le Pont du Gard
The surrounding rocky cliffs at various points along the river act as high platforms for the very daring to jump from. Although we wouldn't recommend this particular activity, it is very entertaining to watch the pros.
The river and its banks run for kilometres so you can walk as far along as you like to find the perfect spot to camp for the day.
(from Villeneuve approx.25km - 30 mins)
However, one of the liveliest and most beautiful spots is immediately around the magnificent Pont du Gard. You will also find cafes and restaurants on both sides of the river here.