Domaine de Mauroue

Surroundings

LES ENVIRONS

The surroundings of the Domaine de Mauroue offer endless possibilities for recreation, touring and adventure.

Experience the beautiful nature with its lavender fields, lakes, rivers, mountains, or discover traditional villages and culture.

Natural wonders such as the Gorges du Verdon canyon, the lavender fields of Valensole, or villages such as Moustiers Sainte-Marie or Roussillion are a must.

Foodies and gourmets can profit from the region’s exquisite restaurants, such as the Bastide de Moustiers, and indulge in delicious Michelin star cuisine, delicately prepared with the Southern French touch.

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Roussillon

Roussillon

Lying within the borders of the Parc Naturel Régional du Luberon, Roussillon is famous for the rich deposits of ochre pigments found in the clay near the village.

Ochres are pigments ranging from yellow and orange to red. One of the former ochre quarries can be visited via the ‘Sentier des Ocres’ (Ochre Path), a walk of either 30 or 60 minutes through the old workings. Nowadays the mining of ochre is prohibited here, in order to protect the sites for the enjoyment of future generations.

Today, tourism, agriculture is the commune’s principal activity. Fruit, including cherries, peaches and melons are grown. Much of this is used in crystallized fruit production in nearby Apt. Wine-making is very important and there are several wineries producing red, rosé, and white wines within the Ventoux AOC.

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Gorges Du Verdon

Gorges du Verdon

Often considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful, les Gorges du Verdon is an about 25 kilometres long and up to 700 metres deep canyon, and is frequently referred to as the Grand Canyon of Europe.

It was formed by the Verdon River, which is named for its startling turquoise-green colour, one of the location’s distinguishing characteristics. The most impressive part lies between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte- Marie, where the river has cut a ravine to a depth of 700 metres through the limestone. At the end of the canyon, the Verdon River flows into the artificial lake of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon (Lac de Sainte-Croix).

Because of its proximity to the French Riviera, the gorge is very popular with tourists, who can drive around its rim, rent kayaks to travel on the river, or hike.

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Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Found at the western entrance to the Gorges du Verdon, Moustiers Sainte-Marie, or simply Moustiers, is considered one of the “most beautiful villages of France”.

“The most beautiful villages of France” (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France) is an independent association, created in 1982, that aims to promote small and picturesque French villages of quality heritage. As of 2008, 152 villages in France have been labelled as the “Plus Beaux Villages de France”.

The village has been a centre of the pottery trade, especially faïence, for centuries. A spring flows out of the cliff and creates a waterfall in town, providing hydro power.

The village was built on platform terraces a hundred or so metres up the side of a limestone cliff. At twilight when the sun on a clear day strikes the south-facing cliff, a beautiful pink light glows across the village.

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Valensole

LE PLATEAU DE VALENSOLE

Stretching over more than 800 km2, the Plateau de Valensole is world famous for its impressive lavender fields.

The historically predominant truffle business has declined throughout the past decades, 81,400 hectars of land are now cultivated with lavender and crops. It is also referred to as the “garner of the region”.

Today the Plateau de Valensole is sustained by on agriculture, tourism, and artisans.

Lavender is the area’s largest cultivation. Even though the production is declining due to growing international competition, it is still used for the production of the famous Marseille soap, lavender honey or perfumes and essences.

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