Vaison-la-Romaine Travel Guide

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Vaison-la-Romaine Things to Do

  • the old roman town

    In the city center is the archeological site with the old roman ruins. It consist of 2 parts on each side of the road. One side also has the little museum with findings from the site. After buying entrance tickets you get a map with explantions from the various buildings.See my t-logue for more pictures.

  • Roman bridge

    An authentic Roman bridge (unlike many other so-called Roman bridges in the area ...). This one didn't even need extensive reconstruction works and has remained more or less unchanged during the past two millennia ...

  • All Roads Lead to Rome

    Vaison La Romaine is famous for some of the oldest Roman ruins in France. I'm not really that interested in Roman history, but the walk I took past the ruins was beautiful and captivating. The town's Roman Ruins are next to the Tourist office and costs about 7 euros per person to get in. My friends and I were very tired, so we just walked around...

  • Explore the gorgeous countryside

    Explore the lovely scenery by foot or by car, either way it makes for a nice excursion. The road from Vaison La Romaine to Malaucine is quite nice.

  • Lovely Old Fountain

    Walking to the top of the town you will come across a lovely fountain and square. The fountain has some wonderul face carvings on it.

  • archeological sites

    There are two grand sites (classed Monuments Historical inn 1942 and 1943) : Puymin and La Villasse.


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Vaison-la-Romaine Restaurants

  • Les Terrasses de Ninou

    Quiet and secluded spot, with a marvelous view of the river Ouveze and the Roman bridge. We were the only visitors (early Sunday morning) and had some coffee there.

  • Friendly service and good food

    The restaurant is situated at the Cours de Taulignan at which you will find several restaurants. The exterior is not so much different from other restaurants.The interior is original and creates a nice and pleasant atmosphere. On first sight, you will see the wooden panels; this may give the impression of a chalet.After this first impression, you...

  • Best restaurant in town

    You may not expect a restaurant of such quality in a small town like Vaison la Romaine.The exterior is not much different from the other restaurants either.However, once inside, the staff is doing everything to offer you a pleasant experience. We enjoyed our dinner in February, therefore, it was rather quiet. But I can imagine that during summer, a...

  • French held secret

    How distressing to visit the Vaison-la-Romaine restaurant page and NOT find what was probably the best dining experience of our 10 days in France. Considering how many fantastic meals we enjoyed in those 10 days, "the best" is high praise. Le Bateleur is referred to as "contemporary Provencal cusine." I don't know what that means except that it's...

  • Le Sporting

    They say "Le Sporting" is a very common name for a French restaurant. The food was okay and the atmosphere was very very relaxed, with waiters and guests ready to comment on almost anything that happened as we sat there.According to Pigletsmom they serve the best coffee in France ... but you'll have to take her word for it, since I cannot even...

  • The best Coffee in France

    A bar with an outdoor cafe for drinks and coffee. They also serve light desserts and sandwiches.The staff was extremely friendly. They serve the smoothest most wonderful coffee I've ever had. Order the cafe late. It's so creamy and delicious. it does not really tast like coffee. It has no bitter taste at all. I do not drink coffee in the States,...


Vaison-la-Romaine Shopping

  • Market

    Every tuesday there is a huge market in town. It sells the obligatory tourist stuff like lavender oil and soaps and table cloths. But it is also the local food and veg market. The place to buy local sausages, cheese and vegetables fresh from the garden. Whatever you want

  • "marché provençale"

    wonderful market in Vaison la Romaine ! One of the biggest and most beautiful markets in the region! The market is every tuesday on the market place and the streets around... the delicious olive oils of the Provence

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Vaison-la-Romaine Local Customs

  • "jeu de boules"

    every evening we played petanque at the campsite "Camping du Theatre Romain"young and old we played together !It was just for fun every evening.

  • crickets ....

    you can hear them everywhereyou can also buy them in the local stores, some of them make the noise when you push on them or when you pass ....

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Vaison-la-Romaine Warnings and Dangers

  • Mistral Winds and Allergies

    During the summer months, there are windy conditions in Southern France called the Mistrals. They are hot dry windsthat can be fierce. These conditions were in existence wheni visited this past June. The winds create horrible conditions for allergy sufferers. I was miserable all week, but the last day I literatally had to go to the Vaison La...

  • Do NOT transfer your flash card onto a...

    I transfered my 500mg digital flash card onto a cd while I was in Vaison La Romaine. Well at least I thought I had,. What they did was place about 460 on two differest CDs. I checked both cds and they each had several hundrend photos on them. So I was pleased. Come to find out when I get home they had only transfered half of the 460 from my flash...

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Vaison-la-Romaine Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit nearby town of Malaucine

    Just down the road is the pretty town of Malaucine. The town is small but it is filled with very nice cafes and restaurants.The town also has a lovely church and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

  • Incredible Tiny Medieval Hamlet -...

    The extraodinary lovely town of Crestet is actually walking distance from Vaison la Romaine. It's set up on a hill overlooking the valley. The town is a truly authentic medieval village untouched by time. Offers spectaular views of the countryside at the top of the town. One of the highlights of my trip. Really lovely.

  • Mont Ventoux

    You definetly need a car to see this mountian. Or you must have a try this mountain by bike. After all it is a very famous col from the Tour de France. One of my favorite sporting events in the year. Its a solitary 1910metres high peak on clear days you can see very far, sadly enough when i went up it was kind of hazy. I drove up with my dad, who...


Vaison-la-Romaine Sports & Outdoors

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    by nicoleken Written Jul 24, 2003

    In the south of France people play "jeu de boules" or "petanque". It is a favourite sport for young and old and it is a very old game. The romans introduced it in Gaule (France).

    Equipment: This game came from France and is played in France.

    Describe how your game is played. State the object of the game. Clearly describe the rules.

    2 players or teams up to 4 players an play at one time.
    The object is to throw boules (balls) as close as you can to the cochenret (jack).
    The player gets 3 tries to get as lose to the jack as possible.
    When you throw the balls your feet must stay behind the marked line.
    List the equipment needed.

    The field must be 27 to 30 yards long, and 3 yards wide.

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Vaison-la-Romaine Favorites

  • Walk Ancient Roman Streets

    What an amazing experience, to walk the streets of an ancient Roman town and visit its amphitheater. You can do just that in "Vaison" among these excavated ruins that are in surprisingly good shape. The public restroom still has seats, even! And make sure you visit for the Marche, the open air market for the most wonderful food sensations of...

  • the river Ouvèze

    Gallo-Roman times: Puyman and La Villasse archeological sites, 17m. wide Roman bridge.Romanesque times: Notre Dame de Nazareth Cathedral and its cloister (between 6th and 13thc.).St. Quenin Chapel with its sculptures.Medieval times: Haute-Ville and its 1464 church.

  • the Mont Ventoux

    on the top : alt. 1912m The Mont Ventoux is a 1910-m high conical peak that's visible from far across the surrounding countryside.The Mont Ventoux is only the highest part of a mountain range running from the village of Montbrun-les-Bains in the east to Malaucène in the west.The D164 road from Sault to the top of Mont Ventoux is 26 km: 20 km to...


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