Le bonheur des enfants du Mas des Grès en cours de cuisine avec notre Chef durant le week end de l’Ascension

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7 good reasons to spend your holidays in Provence

In order to plan your next holidays in Provence, we listed some highlists by theme as follows

  1. Culture and Heritage
  2. Nature
  3. The villages and their markets
  4. The Wine Trail
  5. Local Products
  6. Activities for the young and not so young
  7. Sports

… and also at le Mas des GrèsSwimming pool To use without moderation, for exercise or relaxation.

Fitness and relaxation The Mas des Grès has its own fitness room with hammam and jacuzzi

Pétanque (Provençal bowls game) One cannot stay in South of France with out playing “Pétanque”, which you can play on the hotel grounds (bowls are provided).

Table tennis Also available bats and balls to use on our table tennis table.

The children’s playground Children may enjoy swings, rings, trapeze, rope, ladder and seesaw, not to forget the traditional sand pit.

The Wine Trail of Thierry arround Le Mas des Grès

Thanks to the Luberon, the Ventoux and the Côtes du Rhône, the Vaucluse can be proud of being one of the best wine regions of France. The clayey-chalky soil, the different grape varieties, and the wine grower’s know-how produce world famous wines. Here under, a list of the best wine growers of the Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Luberon and Côtes du Ventoux.
To be drunk with moderation.

Côtes du Rhône
Sablet: Domaine de Piaugier
Rasteau: Domaine de la Soumade domainelasoumade.over-blog.com
Vacqueyras
: Domaine des Amouriers
Gigondas: Cave de Gigondas www.cave-gigondas.fr
Sainte Cécile les Vignes: Domaine de la Présidente www.presidente.fr
Uchaux: SCEA Château d’Hugues www.chateaudhugues.com
Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine de Beaurenard  www.beaurenard.com
La Cave du Verger des Papes www.caveduverger.com
Château la Nerthe www.chateaulanerthe.fr
Tavel: Domaine de la Mordorée www.domaine-mordoree.com
Saint Gervais
: Domaine St Anne
Saint Victor la Coste: Domaine Pélaquié www.domaine-pelaquie.com
Beaumes de Venise: Domaine de la Pigeade www.lapigeade.fr

 

Côtes du Luberon
Oppède: Domaine de la Garelle www.lagarelle.fr
Ménerbes: Domaine de la Citadelle www.domaine-citadelle.com
Apt
: Domaine de Mayol
La Tour d’Aigues: Château de la Dorgonne www.chateauladorgonne.com
La Motte d’Aigues: Bastide du Claux
Côtes du Ventoux
Mormoiron: Château Pesquié www.chateaupesquie.com
Mazan: Domaine de Fondrèche www.fondreche.com (Mazan)
Terre de Solence www.terres-de-solence.com
Flassan: La Ferme Saint Pierre

The local products to taste

Truffles The famous truffle markets, with their special atmosphere, take place in winter (Fridays in Carpentras and Saturdays in Richerenches). Once during the season (the last week of December),a big truffle market is organised in Ménerbes, where one can also the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin du Luberon (house of truffle and wine of the Luberon), offering plenty of information on those subjects.
www.vin-truffe-luberon.com

Olive oil The mill Moulin de Mathieu in Oppède
www.moulin-mathieu.com

The mill Moulin de la Balméenne in Beaume de Venise
www.labalmeenne.fr

Goats’ cheese Morard Family in Buoux

Tapenade (olive paste) Les Délices du Luberon in L’Isle sur la Sorgue
www.delices-du-luberon.fr

Berlingots (boiled sweets) Confectioner’s shop Confiserie du Mont Ventoux in Carpentras
www.berlingots.net

Calissons (sweets made of ground almond) Confectioner’s shop Confiserie du Roy René in Aix en Provence
www.calisson.com

Croquettes (almond croquettes) Traditional biscuit factory Aujoras in Morières-les-Avignon
www.biscuiterie-aujoras.fr

Honey Honey factory Miellerie des Butineuses in Saint Saturnin les Avignon
www.miellerie.fr

Nougat Nougat factory Silvain Frères in Saint Didier 
www.nougat-silvain-freres.fr

Traditional jam La Roumanière in Robion
www.laroumanière.com

Activities for the young and the not-so-young

All year round
The “Jarditrain”in Saint Didier
miniature world dedicated the passion of trains www.lejarditrain.com
Bird call ecomuseum in Saint Didier discover the making of instruments to call the animals of our forests. www.appeaux-raymond.com
Go-carting in Monteux www.kartingdemonteux.com
The Crocodile Farm in Pierrelatte www.lafermeauxcrocodiles.com
The Barben Zoological Park The biggest animal park of the south-east www.zoolabarben.com
Haribo sweet museum in Uzès discover the great story of those famous sweets, and taste them of course!. www.haribo.com
Hot-air balloons One of the most original and beautiful ways of discovering the Luberon, gliding with the birds over the beautiful landscapes. One can do that just next to ours, in Roussillon:  www.vol-terre.com

During the season
“Kayak Vert” in Fontaine de Vaucluse
(April – October)
From Fontaine du Vaucluse down to Isle sur la Sorgue, discover the joys of  canoeing on a 2-hour ride down the river Sorgue. www.canoefrance.com
“Passerelle des Cimes” (tree top trail) in Lagnes (March – November) Young and not-so-young will appreciate this adventure on different secure itineraries: www.parcours-aerien.com
“Mini golf de la Peupleraie” in Isle sur la Sorgue (Mai – September) Outdoor activity for the whole family
Circus castle Alexis Gruss in Piolenc (Mai – September) Gruss Circus museum, make up workshop, ride in a barouche, circus workshops, trapeze, horses. www.alexis-gruss.com/piolenc/accueil.htm
“Colorado Aventure” in Rustrel (March – November) 3-hour adventure for the whole family, courses for children of all age. www.colorado-aventures.com
The Beaucaire Eagles (March – November) Birds of prey musical show presented by falconers dressed in Roman costumes, within the Beaucaire castle walls. www.aigles-de-beaucaire.com
The “Bambouseraie” in Anduze (March – November) a unique journey in the heart of a giant bamboo forest and hundred-year-old trees. www.bambouseraie.com

Sports arround Le Mas des Grès

In the area …
Walking and hiking
Walking and hiking are probably the most widespread and easiest sports in this region which boasts a very well sign posted network of walking and hiking trails (from easy walks to hikes over several days) trough this beautiful nature landscape.
Cycling The Luberon is an El Dorado for all cyclists, offering numerous possibilities: from rides along the little country lanes of the valley through the vineyards, over the hills of the Luberon towards Lacoste, Bonnieux, Gordes, Venasque, to the difficult routes of the gorges of the Nesque, the Murs mountain pass or even of the Mont Ventoux. All these routes start out in the vicinity of the Mas des Grès. www.veloloisirluberon.com
Mountain biking Fans of open landscapes and mountain bikes will also be satisfied. Many routes on: www.cheminprive.com.
Bikes may be hired at the hotel.

Golf
The Mas des Grès is ideally situated and surrounded by many golf courses:
Isle sur la Sorgue –  Provence Country Club  –  18 holes – Par 72 www.provencecountryclub.com
Morières les Avignon – Golf de Château Blanc – 18 holes – Par 72 www.gardengolfavignon.com
Avignon – Golf du Grand Avignon –  18 holes – Par 72 www.hotelgolfgrandavignon.com
Mouriès – Golf de Servanes  –  18 holes – Par 72 www.opengolfclub.com
Mallemort – Golf de Pont Royal – 18 holes – Par 72 www.golf-pontroyal.com  
Les Baux de Provence – Golf des Baux de Provence – 9 holes – Par 36 www.golfbauxdeprovence.com
Pierrevert – Golf du Luberon
– 18 holes – Par 72 www.golf-du-luberon.com

Tennis
There are tennis courts in Lagnes. More information at the Mas des Grès! 

Canoe / Kayak
A bit further, but perfect for a day’s outing, are the spectacular gorges of the Ardèche and Verdon, famous canoeing paradises (for sportsman and experts).

Climbing
For climbers who prefer natural sites, the Luberon offers a great variety of possibilities such as the Buoux’ cliffs (appr. 30 km), Lioux or the Dentelles de Montmirail (appr. 35 km), climbing El Dorado.

Horse riding
There are several riding stables and pony clubs within 10 km of the hotel who offer guided tours for all levels.

Wellness and fitness
If you want to do something good for your health while relaxing: the Agora wellness centre in Gordes offers among others massages, gymnastics and fitness in a nice atmosphere. www.agora-sud.com