Beaumes de Venise is located in the beautiful Vaucluse region of Provence, with countless places to see and things to do within easy reach.
The Dentelles de Montmirail above the village are a striking geological formation of jagged peaks with hundreds of walking, cycling and climbing tracks, some starting just outside our back door. Dotted around the lower slopes are renowned Côtes du Rhone wine villages – Gigondas, Sablet, Séguret, Vacqueyras and of course Beaumes-de-Venise, known for its muscat.
About 16km north is Vaison-la-Romaine, which has extensive Roman remains, a medieval village with a ruined hilltop chateau and a bustling modern centre with a market every Tuesday. Not far away are the impressive chateaux at Grignan and Suze-la Rousse, and Nyons, famed for its olives.
Avignon, just 30kms away, is enclosed by medieval walls and has a lively festival each July. It is dominated by the Papal Palace, but has many other charms including a covered market, pedestrian shopping streets and the iconic ‘Pont d’Avignon’. On the way home you can stop in at Chateauneuf-du-Pape and taste its world famous wines.
A visit to the Pont du Gard, a 2000 year old Roman aqueduct, makes an excellent day trip, and only 15km further is Uzès, which has one of the best markets in the region. Not far south, Nimes has a spectacular Roman arena.
Half an hour south of Beaumes-de-Venise is the Luberon, with its Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, an ancient spring flowing from the massif and the source of the river Sorgue. Nearby is the spectacular hilltop village of Gordes, and Roussillon – a delightful village decorated in red ochre, once mined there.
Another great day out is to the artists’ village of St Rèmy, 50 minutes away, then to the nearby Roman ruins at Glanum and the ruined chateau at Les-Baux-de-Provence, with its magnificent view. Arles, just over an hour from our village, is also worth a trip for its Roman arena and museum, and its van Gogh connection.
If you are lucky enough to be in Provence when the lavender is blooming go to Sault, 50 minutes away at the foot of Mt Ventoux. You can travel via the Gorges de la Nesque, a winding but spectacular route.