Orange is situated in the heart of the Côtes-du-Rhône wine district in the department of Vaucluse. A holiday in one of Provacances’ holiday houses in Orange offers good possibilities for exploring the historic city of Orange or for exciting trips in the surrounding countryside. The region around Orange also offers a wide range of sports activities including golfing, walking and hiking, cycling, skiing, horseback riding, climbing and paragliding.
- Public swimming pool.
- Outdoor activities in the Vaucluse area, see following websites: http://www.provenceguide.com/gbcdt/index.asp; http://www.hautvaucluse.com/pdf/guidea.pdf (Guide to activities and sights in the Haut Vaucluse area).
- Walking and hiking tours in wonderful surroundings
- Cycling: Challenges for everyone – both experienced and families with children. There are several scenic tours to other villages in the area, many easy mountain routes as well as the difficult Mont Ventoux route.
- Golf –There are lots of courses in the area, 4 in the department of Vaucluse and a lot in the neighbouring department Bouches du Rhône. Most of the courses can be found on the French golf union’s website. Unfortunately the website is in French. Seek under Guide de golfs and then under the region Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur: http://www.ffgolf.org/#
- The old quarter
- Théâtre Antique: The best preserved antique theatre in the world.
- Musée Municipal d’Orange: Town museum. Here, you will find a description of Roman colonial policy in Gaul.
- La Colline St-Europe
- Arc de Triomphe: One of the best preserved Roman arches of triumph.
Orange is an incredibly exciting city with a great many historic and cultural remains. First of all Orange is home for two of Europe’s finest monuments from Roman Times, le Théâtre Antique and l’Arc de Triomphe. Theatre Antique is from the 1st century A.D., and one of the best preserved antique theatres in the world. The theatre is famous world wide for its cultural events, Les Chorégies d’Orange. The theatre is also the only of its kind to have retained its Imperial statue. Arc de Triomphe is from the same period and is one of the very best preserved Roman triumph arches.
The antique theatre lies at the foot of Colline St-Europe.
At the top of this hill there is a big park with shady trees, walking and jogging paths as well as a Promenade botanique
. From here, there are outstanding views of the theatre, the city and the plain of the Rhône, all the way to the mountain range, Dentelles de Montmirail to the east. On the hilltop you can also find the ruins of the castle of the Dukes of Orange.
The old quarter in Orange is most interesting, it actually reminds you of a big Provencal village with its narrow winding streets, well restored houses and small shady squares.
The turning point of the city’s life is its daily market – April to October – where you can find French delicatessen and all kinds of different food.