The provence quality of life

THE PROVENCE QUALITY OF LIFE

Setting up in Vaucluse means Provence isn’t just your workplace, it’s your lifestyle! Sunshine, varied landscapes, a rich national heritage, Provencal markets, festivals, hilltop villages, gastronomy... The art of living in Vaucluse is a gift guaranteeing an outstanding quality of life.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

A variety of landscapes :

Vaucluse offers a wealth of contrasts. It is not just Provence, with its sunshine, blue sky, ochre and lavender, but also the water and freshness to be found in summer in the Sorgues streams. Take a trip through the varied landscapes within the same area :

• Traditional Provencal villages, often perched on hilltops, and 7 of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France” are found in Vaucluse: Ansouis, Gordes, Lourmarin, Roussillon, Ménerbes, Séguret and Venasque.
• Wine-making domains, where you can visit and enjoy tasting
• The Roussillon ochre area: the Provencal Colorado
• The forests: the cedar forest
• The summits: Mont Ventoux, the Dentelles de Montmirail, the Luberon highlands…
• The farm lands: lavender fields, olive orchards, sunflowers, cherries…
• Fresh water: Fontaine de Vaucluse spring, the Gorges de la Nesque, Rustrel or Apt lakes…

A rich cultural and historic heritage :

The great sites and monuments of Vaucluse are an inviting history book. Roman emperors, popes, powerful feudal lords built cities, palaces, extravagant chateaux here; monks, an abbey amidst fields of lavender. Vaucluse is home to 464 monuments and 81 protected sites: the Popes’ Palace, the Pont d’Avignon, Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, Orange’s Triumphal Arch and Roman Theater, Notre-Dame Abbey at Sénanque, the Carpentras synagogue…

 

A SUNLIT LAND

With 2800 hours of sunshine per year (about 300 days) compared to the French average of 1973 h/year, Vaucluse is a light-filled land where the sun makes the landscape glow throughout the year. 
Our Mediterranean climate gives mild temperatures, averaging between 6°C in January and 30°C in July. Rainfall records indicate just 700 millimetres of rain concentrated during 80 days per year.

 

A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES

Vaucluse’s Provencal climate means many activities can be enjoyed throughout the year : 

  • Hiking or horse riding, with 3 000 km of marked pedestrian or horseback trails
  • Cycling the 1 445 km of bike trails via 40 circuits (including 9 for mountain bikes), most signposted
  • Rock climbing, with 1 600 established climbs in 27 different sites
  • Wine tourism with visits possible in over 300 wineries and domains, with direct wine sales from the cellar
  • A wide range of cultural activities, with 57 museums and galleries welcoming more than 1.6 million visitors each year, and over 460 cultural associations
  • Walks in our bustling Provence markets, or visiting the 93 craftspeople, antique dealers and décor boutiques labeled by the Vaucluse tourism office
  • and so many other possibilities …

 

MANY FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Vaucluse stands out for the multitude of events which enliven the year. 

  • Over 1 520 celebrations linked to Provencal culture and to folk traditions
  • More than 20 festivals and events, famous nationally and internationally: theater (Avignon’s Festival with its many In and Off shows), dance (les Hivernales, Vaison Danses), music (Orange and the Chorégies, Lacoste opera festival, Luberon Jazz)…

 

PROVENCAL GASTRONOMY

Provencal gastronomy is inspired by the very high quality of local produce. We find melons from Cavaillon, cherries from Venasque, truffles, honey, olive oil, candied fruit from Apt… ingredients with which our top chefs create delight. Flavorful products are available from the traditional markets held throughout the area. 

Our wines, where Vaucluse is among the greatest French viticulture areas with no less than three appellations: AOC Côtes-du-Rhône, AOC Ventoux and AOC Luberon. Of course, no-one can forget our famous village wines: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise… Some of the vineyards are known world-wide for the quality of their wines, and many wineries offers tastings: ideal to entertain a business visitor or just for an enjoyable moment with friends.