Local Area Information
Pont Royal's origins date from the XIII century. Le Moulin de Vernegues, a 17th century manor house (now a beautiful hotel and restaurant) located within the Domaine once used to mill grain for the Archbishop of Arles. The centre of the village complex in Pont Royal is a short stroll from our villa and has been beautifully designed around a church, in the style of an old Provencal village, with lots of attention to detail - stone steps through arched walkways lead to small squares and the main square has restaurants, shops and a wine bar selling snacks. During the summer months there are twice weekly markets selling local produce, fashion and crafts. On site activities include clubs for children of all ages, play parks, mini farm, paint balling, segways, mini golf and plenty of entertainment to keep the adults busy too! All activities bookable at the main Pierre and Vacances/Centre Parcs reception area where it is also possible to obtain daily or weekly passes for the water slides, heated rock pool, river ride, wave pool and toddler play pool.
GOLF: The world renowned 18 hole championship course, designed by the late Seve Ballesteros, is a Par 72 and extends over 6,300 metres. It is one of the most highly rated in the South of France - rated 16/20 in Peugeot Guide of Top 1000 Golf Courses in Europe! A Masters event is hosted on the course in October with European Professionals and is open to the public. The excellent facilities include Pro Shop, Clubhouse, Bar and Restaurant which is open to non members. A 6 hole course with one par 4 extending over 930 metres and practice range of 260 metres with 42 mats (12 on an upper level) is situated directly by our hamlet, less than 5 minutes walk away. This course has a small clubhouse serving cold drinks and snacks.
Mallemort is a pretty village and the closest to Pont Royal. The main square has a weekly market and there are shops, restaurants (particularly Le Jardin and the Auberge du Vieux Village), bars and banks. Climb up the winding streets to the viewpoint at the top of the village and visit the large and very ornate graveyard which definitely boasts the best views.
Originally made famous in the Peter Mayle book 'A Year in Provence', the Luberon in Provence boasts spectacular countryside of vineyards and orchards and beautiful perched hill-top villages. With a market in a different village or town every day of the week, there is always somewhere to go to find fantastic local produce at a great price. The Luberon has numerous trails for walkers of all ages and abilities and is ideal for the cyclist. With it's romantic villages, dramatic ruins, deep gorges and pretty valleys the area really does have something for everyone! Come and explore and find your own favourite ... plenty of guide books, travel books and suggestions in our Guest Manual to help you plan your trip.
PROVENCE'S CULTURAL HERITAGE
We may be biased but we really do think that Provence has it all and is deservedly the most popular region in France for tourists and holidaymakers. Three of France's six national parks are in Provence and it also has five regional nature parks. With a civilisation stretching back further than Northern France, Provence has one of the finest collections of Roman remains anywhere in Europe. Try and find time to visit at least one of the World Heritage Sites - the Roman Amphitheatre in Arles, the Papal Palace and the famous bridge in Avignon, the Pont du Gard - stunning Roman Aqueduct near Avignon and the Roman theatre in Orange.
This little seaside resort is snuggled at the foot of a very tall cliff - a wonderful place to stroll about with its picturesque fishing port lined with cafes and restaurants. Take a boat trip and explore the famous calanques that go all the way to Marseille.
AIX EN PROVENCE
The beautiful city of Aix is home to art schools and several universities attracting a youthful population which enhances the lively atmosphere. You'll discover wonderful shops and pretty squares in the little winding strees behind the Cours Mirabeau - a beautiful tree lined avenue where it is said that if you sit at only one French sidewalk cafe outside of Paris it should be here, perfect for people watching.
Cite des Papes - City of Popes There are seven entrances into the city through the well preserved walls. The Palace of the Popes was built in the 14th Century and overlooks a bustling square - not too far away from the famous Pont d'Avignon. The annual theatre festival takes place for 4 weeks in July and August and brings the streets of Avignon alive with strangely dressed actors. The two tier carousel in the main avenue is a hit with children - young and old!
This is just a taste of what this region has to offer - we love it and we hope you will too. Plenty of guide books and information available in the villa but of course feel free to ask us in advance for any specific recommendations.