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An excursion between Drôme and Hautes-Alpes
Welcome to the Baronnies Provençales Regional Natural Park! This mid-Alpine, half-Provencal region presents the riches of these two regions through its exceptional terroir, its magnificent landscapes, its remarkable biodiversity and its authentic built heritage. Scents of thyme, rosemary and linden mingle with the colours of lavender, apricot and poppy fields. Free your senses and set off on the roads of the Baronnies from Nyons to Montbrun-les-Bains.
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Begin your discovery of Baronnies by visiting one of the beautiful locations that adorn the region: Nyons. The good life of Provence rubs shoulders with the typical crafts of the region, both underlined by the ubiquitous olives and aromatic plants in the city. Musée de l’Olivier (Olive Museum), Comptoir des Vieux Moulins (Old Mills) and the Distillerie Bleu-Provence, which provide a greater insight into the culture and processing of Provencal “green gold”. Enjoy a pleasant walk through old Nyons to the fourteenth century Romanesque bridge which you cross to reach the Belvedere that offers the widest view of the town. Spend the afternoon hiking through the Parc des Baronnies.
From lavender fields to apricot orchards, crisscross the roads of the Ennuyé valley to the charming village of Buis-les-Baronnies. In this hotbed of aromatic and medicinal herb cultivation, don’t miss the Maison des plantes, a stronghold of linden and an arboreal kingdom. Enjoy an extended stay in the surrounding area for outdoor activities in this grandiose playground such as climbing the famous Rock of Saint-Julien.
Leave behind Buis-les-Baronnies to reach Montbrun-les-Bains, listed as being among the most beautiful villages of France. It’s delightfully located and sheltered from both winds and strong heat, it is its sulphur springs that Montbrun-les-Bains owes its name. Relax in the spa area outside the large complexes, with aromatic Provençal fragrances and views of the surrounding mountains. Next, take the opportunity to walk through this small haven of peace.
From Montbrun-les-Bains, take the wheel to spend a rural day at Gorges de Toulourenc. Heading straight down from Mont Ventoux, the river, nestled in a narrow valley through which it has carved deep gorges, demands a swim. Enjoy the fresh shady borders before heading back.
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