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Craftsmanship and Terroir of Provence

Discovering the terroir

For a weekend in Provence or for your family vacations, our 5-star hotel Le Prieuré Baumanière and its geographical location, just steps from Avignon, have all the assets to satisfy you.
Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, on the border between Occitanie and Provence, is close to everything for your excursions to discover the terroir. Immerse yourself in the gentle rhythm of life of the surrounding regions. Provençal markets, olive oil, lavender, and other crafts, we offer you some authentic ideas.

Provençal Markets

Find the true products of the terroir

Before strolling, equip yourself with a wicker basket. Amidst the smells of thyme, garrigue, or lavender bouquets, roam the markets of Provence. Find the real products of the terroir, from goat cheese to cracked olives, a specialty of the Vallée des Baux, not forgetting fresh vegetables… Take advantage of your morning to meet the producers in all friendliness. You are expected to taste everything. The choice is rich between the flavors and colors of the South.

Villeneuve-les-Avignon Market

Provençal Market

Date: Thursday – From 7 am to 2 pm
Location: Place Charles David - 30400 Villeneuve-lez-Avignon

Villeneuve-les-Avignon Flea Market

Do you like to bargain hunt? Head to the Saturday flea market at Place Charles David, from 8 am to 2 pm.
Don't miss tasting the famous Bouzigues oysters at the end of your tour!

Every Saturday
Place Charles David, from 8 am to 2 pm

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Market

A lively and essential market in Provence

Date: Wednesday morning
In the old streets of Saint-Rémy, in front of the church: fish

The first three-quarters of an hour of parking is free at certain places downtown!

Carpentras Market

One of the oldest markets in Provence

Friday – From 8 am to 12:30 pm
At the foot of Mont Ventoux, all the streets of the old town as well as the esplanade.

In November, it is the first truffle market indicating the trend. Don't miss the strawberries from Carpentras and the berlingots, specialties of the city!

Arles Market

One of the largest markets in France, both Provençal and Camarguais.
This market is 1 km long! After your wanderings among the stands, choose an Arles sausage. The locals enjoy it as an appetizer with a glass of pastis.

Every Saturday – From 8 am to 12:45 pm
Boulevards des Lices, Georges-Clemenceau, and Émile-Combes

Aix-en-Provence Market

Lively markets.
Take the opportunity to stop at Roy René, rue Gaston de Saporta, and taste the calisson, a small confectionery with Protected Geographical Indication and listed as part of the living heritage of the city of Aix.
The calisson is a complex mixture of finely ground sweet almonds, candied melon from Cavaillon in Provence, and orange peels, all mounted on a wafer bed, covered with a layer of royal icing.

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday of the summer
Place Richelme: local specialties (olive oil, lavender, calissons, etc.)
Place des Prêcheurs and Place de la Madeleine: fruits and vegetables
Cours Mirabeau: textiles
Place de Verdun: antiques and local crafts
Place de l'Hôtel de Ville: flower market

The Fruit Growers

Olive trees and orchards

The domaine de Pierrefon - Estézargues

A family farm several generations old, Gilles Garnier partially works about ten hectares of olive trees classified as AOP de Nîmes.
The Aglandau olive oil from Domaine de Pierredon enchants the dishes of our Chef Marc Fontanne every day. Its fruity taste and creaminess evoke notes of green apple and raw artichoke. Leaving your taste buds in awe!

The Pierredon Oil Mill welcomes you every day (except Sunday and public holidays), from 9:30 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 6:30 pm.
A 15-minute drive from the hotel.

Moulin du Castelas - Baux-de-Provence

“When you are born in Provence, you cannot live without the scents of the garrigue, the breath of the Mistral, the caress of the Sun, and the magic of the olive tree, this ancient tree with its undulating grace that shapes the landscape,” such is the creed of Catherine and Jean-Benoît Hugues.

After fifteen years in the United States, in the vast plains of Arizona, Catherine and Jean-Benoît Hugues decided to return to their roots. They reconnected with their Provençal land to devote themselves to their passion: the olive tree. iscover this estate which, since 1997, has been producing olives on 45 hectares with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) of the Vallée des Baux de Provence and 65 hectares in the Plaine de Crau.

Open daily for mill visits and free olive oil tasting!
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays: 10 am - 6:30 pm
A 40-minute drive from the hotel.

Les vergers de l'Ile de la Barthelasse

The Ile de la Barthelasse, situated between Avignon and Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, offers the ideal setting for a relaxing walk or bike ride through its 700 hectares of calm and greenery. You can access this largest river island in Europe:
- by car via the Daladier bridge, stop at the free parking on Ile Piot, you are already on the Ile de la Barthelasse!
- by bus, take bus line n°5, destination "Palais de Justice / Limbert", from the Tourism Office stop, located 5 minutes on foot from the hotel: get there. Ask to get off at Ile Piot.
Want to take a tour of Avignon? A free shuttle connects the parking on Ile Piot to the Porte de l'Oulle, in Avignon.

Did you know? In the past, Avignon locals would dance in the guinguettes on the eastern arm of the Rhône, which surrounds the Ile de la Barthelasse from the Avignon side. ence the nuance in the famous song: "Under the bridge of Avignon (not "on"), we dance, we dance…"

A true green lung of the city, roam through the small roads amidst the orchards during a bucolic moment. Much of the island's banks are also classified as a Natural Area of Ecological, Faunistic, and Floristic Interest. They shelter numerous species: nesting birds, grey herons, mallards, cormorants, hedgehogs, dormice, and beavers...

La distillerie Manguin

Go and listen to Emmanuel, passionate, talk about his products, or taste them (moderately). A totally unique system of carafes and captive pears for a divine sunlit liqueur - and various fruit brandies. We won’t reveal more.

Guided tours and free tastings are organized every Saturday of the year at 11 am.

The Lavender

"Lavender is the soul of Haute Provence" - Jean Giono

Lavender spindles

In Les Baux-de-Provence, Elsa Lenthal offers handmade lavender spindles made from fresh lavender with the help of a satin ribbon. This ancient Provençal tradition allows the flower to retain, while drying, the essential oil and simply pressing regularly on the spindle to release the fragrance for several years.

Workshops are organized throughout the year. Take the opportunity to leave with your creation and a souvenir of Provence that will perfume your closets and dressing rooms for many years!

A 40-minute drive from the hotel.

Duration: 2h30
Price: 45€
Minimum 3 people per workshop
Tel: 06 13 17 46 46

Sénanque Abbey

Nestled in the hollow of its valley, Sénanque Abbey (12th century) remains one of the purest witnesses of early Cistercian architecture. It is still inhabited by 6 monks!

Interested in visiting the Abbey?
Take something to cover yourself, proper attire is required.
Stroll through the fields of lavandin at the Abbey, a hybrid variety, between true lavender and spike lavender. A burst of colors and scents!

At Sénanque, the lavandin blooms at the very end of June until full bloom in mid-July. Generally, it is harvested when mature at the end of July or early August. The harvest is then taken to the distillery to produce 100% pure and natural essential oil. The stems and flowers are distilled with steam.

It's about a 1-hour drive from the hotel.