Avignon, Luberon, Mont-Ventoux… So many destinations to enjoy and live to the rhythm of Provence. Land of culture but also a vast playground for lovers of outdoor activities, Vaucluse offers various facets for moments of family sharing.
Living the life of the Romans:
Centurion, legionary, tribune or even emperor… what role will you play when visiting the Romans of Vaucluse? Can you answer the riddles scattered around the corners of the Ancient Theater of Orange? Will you be able to find traces of the Romans in the ancient sites of Vaison-la-Romaine ? Follow in the footsteps of these ancestors to better understand their lifestyles and their daily lives.
Spend a day at the circus
Alexis Gruss and his national circus have set up their marquee, stables and workshops in Piolenc, not far from Orange, for more than 10 years. Since then, from May to September, the park welcomes every day, young and old for a day closer to clowns, jugglers, trapeze artists and especially horse riders. Indeed, the Gruss family, heir to the equestrian tradition, develops its circus art around horses. They are also part of several scenes of the show not to be missed every summer evening.
Dancing on the Avignon bridge
"On the Avignon bridge, we dance there, we dance there ..." You have certainly hummed it before, come and bring this song to life by walking on this bridge which is now world famous. Then continue your way to the Palais des Papes, a legacy of a time when the Popes left Rome to settle in Avignon. Opt for the visit "The Palace told to young and old" for a family discovery of this imposing monument.
Rent from the station master at the Jarditrain
Rekindle your childhood dream by accompanying your little ones to the Jarditrain, where you will find a whole miniature railway network, organized around 650m of rails, decorated with a decor of natural plantations, models of villages and of course mini stations managing the switches and the comings and goings of the trains which contemplate more than 500 figurines.
Here, not far from the Mont-Ventoux, you will see how a little boy's dream came true.
Immerse yourself in color
Welcome to the land of red, orange and yellow, in the ochres of the Luberon !
During a stroll in the ocher quarries of Roussillon or during a workshop at OKHRA, ocher and color conservatory in Roussillon, learn to distinguish and master the nuances of this material which has been coloring facades for decades. surrounding houses.
Become a perfect little gardener
Unique place in Europe, the Epicurium is a living museum of fruits and vegetables. Inside, the museography invites you to smell, touch and understand the world of fruits and vegetables.
Outside, visit the orchards and its hundreds of fruit trees that you can see blooming or producing their fruit according to the seasons.
You will also find a beehive there to better understand the role of bees in the pollination process.
Discover the world of insects
Arm yourself with a magnifying glass and a butterfly net and conquer the world of our insect friends. Like the famous naturalist Jean-Henri Fabre, take the time to observe and study these small animals which guarantee the balance of our environment. Gather as much information as possible in the aisles of the permanent exhibition, take part in a workshop or a naturalist outing.
Bathing in lakes and bodies of water
The little pleasures of summers in Provence are also those afternoons spent at the edge of a lake or a body of water to splash around, pedal boat or canoe-kayak ... No less than 8 supervised swimming spots in the open air share the Vaucluse. Note, Monteux Lake, opened in 2013, located in an eco-district and which offers many family activities: swimming of course but also pedal boat, paddle, fitness area, zip line. In July, extend your evening by the lake by attending the “EQI” show, a multimedia equestrian show with Frédéric Pignon and Magali Delgado.
Marvel at performing arts festivals throughout the year
Vaucluse is a big scene ! Festivals and shows follow one another throughout the year. It all started in January, with Cheval Passion and the Manes of Gold. Magic ! Acrobatics, equestrian choreographies amaze with their daring, their light.
In the spring, “Festo Pitcho” and “Cité Nez Clown”, theater, dance, mime and clown festivals for young and old take over Avignon which is transformed into a theater, with creations that awaken the acrobat who slumber in you! Summer and its festivals, the ideal season to go see a show of dance, theater, song, humor, from Avignon to Ventoux via the Luberon, with many programs for all ages and all tastes.
Our suggestions: the festivals "Plein les mirettes" in Carpentras and théâtr'Enfants with their programs dedicated to children (from 3 years old for certain dates), as well as "Fonts'Art" in Pernes-les-Fontaines - one of the most major street arts festivals - with its magical and free shows !
Take a walk in the Cedars forest
For a cool stroll in the shade of hundred-year-old trees, choose the Cedar forest in Bonnieux in the Luberon. There, a 10-kilometer path and cycle path allow you to take a deep breath of fresh air while admiring an atypical landscape in Provence.
By Hélène and Stéphanie
Hélène ABRY and Stéphanie MAISONNAVE have found within ADT Vaucluse Tourisme the ideal way to share their passion for Provence, its people, its way of life and its landscapes. Find all the essentials of Vaucluse here and here too