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Vaison La Romaine

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About Vaison La Romaine

With Roman ruins at the base on the hill and a striking medieval town perched on its summit, Vaison-la-Romaine is a fascinating Provençal community for those interested in history. Well-placed for exploring the region, the town offers a range of design-led B&Bs and heritage hotels, fit for a whole host of tastes and budgets. Small and often family-run, our pick of the best places to stay in Vaison-la-Romaine includes some very special spots.

History buffs will delight in discovering almost 15 hectares of Roman ruins. Part of what was once the prosperous city of Vasio, archeological remains sprawl across two areas: Puymin and La Villasse. See evidence of substantial houses, a colonnaded marketplace, a public bathhouse, paved streets and an irrigation system as you navigate the site. The archaeological museum is fantastic, whist keen historians can also visit the Roman bridge — one of five in Provence — and the theatre, which once sat up to 6,000 people. There are further Roman-era sites in nearby Orange.

Head uphill to see the medieval part of Vaison-la-Romaine, crowned by a ruined castle built in 1195 by the Counts of Toulouse. This part of town boasts a thriving weekly market, an array of art galleries and frequent exhibitions. Active types can hike and horse ride in the surrounding countryside, or tackle Mont Ventoux — the Tour de France’s ‘Beat of Provence’ — on two wheels. Winter events include black truffle hunts, cooking classes and expert-led tastings. A local specialty, these can also be savoured at some of the best places to stay in Vaison-la-Romaine.

The Best Places to Stay in Vaison-la-Romaine

For a Central Bolthole

  • Hostellerie Le Beffroi is a charming historic hotel near the medieval heart of Vaison-la-Romaine. The 22 individually designed rooms are housed in two buildings: one built for a 16th-century count, the other for a 17th-century marquis. Expect antique furnishings, exposed beams and painted shutters. A family-owned spot with spectacular views, a swimming pool, leafy gardens and a great eatery.
  • Hotel Burrhus has airy, art-filled interiors and a modernist feel. One for creatives and lovers of mid-century design, this B&B boasts rooms as well as a two-bedroom apartment. Breakfasts are served on the sunlit terrace and you're well-placed to explore the old part of town on foot. Don't miss the annual art exhibition.

For Foodies

  • Les Florêts sits 15km south of town, tucked within the owners' vineyards and the surrounding forested hills. The 15 rooms are elegant and welcoming, with views onto the gardens and the lavender fields beyond. There's a refreshing pool, too. Foodies will adore the courtyard restaurant - especially lovely by candlelight - where you'll savour Ventoux pork or Sarrians pigeon with local asparagus. Dishes are paired with the hotel's own Gigondas wine. A real gem, family-run since 1960.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY VILLA

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Avignon-Caumont Airport, or to the larger hubs of Nîmes Airport and Marseille-Provence Airport. Travel onwards to Vaison-la-Romaine by taxi, bus or train. Alternatively, take the TGV from Paris to Avignon and drive last hour to Vaison-la-Romaine.
  • Provence is wonderful for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, Provence is blessed with a near-Mediterranean climate. Expect hot summers -- with temperatures of 26-30°C -- and mild winters. Summer visitors can marvel at the famous Provençal lavender, whilst springtime travellers will find mild, sunny weather suitable for active explorations and quieter hotels.

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Best Hotels in Vaison La Romaine

  • Hotel Burrhus Vaison La Romaine (Vaison la Romaine) 30 rooms from £65

    Active Holiday  -  Located in the Vaucluse valley, known for its unique geography, particularly its famous karst spring, le Fontaine de Vaucluse
    Writing a novel  -  Renowned also for its vibrant art scene, with many writers, painters and actors living in the area
    Local exploring  -  Vaison la Romaine has a rich collection of Roman ruins, a well-preserved old town and a cathedral
    Local markets  -  Vaison la Romaine has a famous open air market held every Tueday all year round
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    This vibrant hotel lies in a picturesque village (known for being home to a number of artists) just a short distance from Avignon. Rooms are a blend of contemporary and modern design with abstract paintings, tiled floors, warm hues and sash windows. A little gem lying off the beaten track. See More

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  • Les Florêts Vaison La Romaine (84190 Gigondas) 15 rooms from £69

    Country Escape  -  An enchanting getaway — sip wine at the foot of the majestic Dentelles de Montmirail, surrounded by lush gardens and vineyards
    Wine tasting  -  Sample the wines produced on site by the owners, a thoroughly enjoyable way to pass an evening
    Less £  -  With rooms starting at just 80 Euros, this is a very reasonably priced Provence hideaway
    Great walks  -  Over 300 km of marked hiking trails wind through lavender fields and vineyards
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A charming family-run hotel set amid vineyards, lush gardens and century-old trees. Rooms are elegant and light. Excellent local cuisine is served on a shaded terrace with wine from the hotel vineyard. Lounge by the pool and enjoy the panoramic views. The ideal Provence property. See More

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  • Le Beffroi Vaison La Romaine (Cité Médiévale) 22 rooms from £107

    Local exploring  -  Right in the heart of this ancient town, ideally located for wandering the narrow lanes and admiring the Roman remains
    Value chic  -  With doubles starting from as low as 79 Euros in the low season, this is a very well priced stay
    Wine tasting  -  Situated close to the Côtes du Rhône wine valley for ample wine tasting opportunities
    Historic  -  The building dates back to 1554 giving the property a real sense of place
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    A traditional hotel in a beautiful medieval hill town. Wooden beams, exposed stone and traditional fabrics feature throughout the property. An outdoor pool takes full advantage of the rural views. The food is regional and the wine from the local Cotes du Rhone valley. An ideal spot. See More

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