By booking a holiday rental in Le Paradou
, you will be right in the heart of the world-famous Provence in the South of France
, with its charming, picture-postcard landscapes and endless traditions and historical treasures to discover. Fans of relaxing countryside walks, hiking or mountain biking will be in for a real treat in this region as this area is criss-crossed with trails for all tastes and levels from gentle country roads and footpaths and challenging mountain trails to green routes which are dedicated cycle and pedestrian trails ideal for families with young children who prefer to avoid the roads. If you do not want to bring your bikes, you can easily hire equipment in the village. For those looking for an adrenalin rush, why not try rock climbing ? There are various clubs in the area offering introductory climbing lessons for beginners to discover this challenging sport in the spectacular surroundings. If you’re looking for a gentler activity, horse riding is a wonderful way to admire the Provencal landscapes at a gentle pace or you can even hire donkeys to accompany you on a family hike !
Le Paradou is the ideal holiday destination right in the heart of the stunning Alpilles from where you can discover the many treasures and pleasures on offer in Provence
. Aside the dreamy landscapes of lavender fields and olive groves, the charming villages with cobbled streets and ancient stone houses, much of your holiday will be taken up by discovering the gastronomical delights of Provence. Visit the weekly market in Le Paradou where you will find plenty of local produce ranging from freshly grown vegetables, salads and fruits to Mediterranean fish, local poultry, and fresh or cured meats to take back to your holiday rental to prepare a simple meal to share with your family or friends. Choose some local olives and nuts to enjoy with a cold drink for an aperitif on your private terrace while watching the sun go down. If you prefer to discover the culinary specialties in a restaurant, you will be spoilt for choice in and around Le Paradou. Choose a Provencal restaurant with a shady terrace where you can savour the delicious local dishes such as soupe au pistou, a wonderful vegetable-based soup with fresh basil and white beans or the famous aioli, a selection of fresh vegetables, salted cod fish and boiled eggs with a rich garlic mayonnaise… One unmissable ingredient in Provencal cooking is of course the mix of herbs de Provence – thyme, rosemary, oregano and often saffron – which give so much flavour and the unmistakable taste of Provence to the local dishes !
In Le Paradou itself you will have a wide choice of sites and traditions to discover while on holiday. Former medieval village, Le Paradou is set on a land with a rich historical heritage. During your stay here, you will have the opportunity to discover the remains of certain buildings that bear witness to this past, such as the ruins of the Castillon towers. On this archaeological site, there are three towers and some ramparts left that offer an incredible view over the Provence
.. An unmissable address is the museum of "La petite Provence" which houses a collection of more than 400 figurines in a 400m2 exhibition space. To discover more about the historical heritage of the Alpilles region, why not visit the charming village of Les Baux de Provence ? Just 10 minutes from Le Paradou, the village has a remarkable historical heritage with no less than 20 listed monuments worth visiting. An unmissable outing is the Carrieres de Lumieres where Maussane-les-Alpilles, the city of "a thousand fountains" with its aqueducts, washhouses and many fountains that testify from an ancient time is well worth a visit too.