Le Bastide des Lavandieres is located at a cross-road in the centre of the little village of Canaules which is literally surrounded by the vines & vineyards of the wonderful Languedoc wine producing region of southern France.
If you feel like seeing the vines close-up or learning a bit more about how wine is produced & blended then there are numerous local vineyards nearby . Almost all of them welcome visitors and there are some very good ones where English is spoken . If you feel like a bit of exercise there are bicycles available for all the family at La Bastide for you to cycle to the vineyards or nearby villages or just to explore the surrounding area at your leisure . Road traffic tends to be a lot lighter here than in many other areas of mainland Europe so generally speaking ( once you take all normal precautions ) cycling is a safe activity for guests of all ages .
If cycling around the French countryside seems a bit too energetic for you then maybe you’d like to stretch out & read a book in the sun beside the swimming pool or on the large paved seating area at the front of the apartments . If you are not a sun lover then there is always the shelter of our poolbar where you can surf the net with our free wi-fi.
With an average 300 days of sunshine each year you will be literally spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor activities . Activities available nearby include Golf, Horse Riding , Fishing , Water Sports , Climbing & Hill-walking . The Cévennes National Park with it’s wonderful flora & fauna is well worth a visit also .
Some of the larger towns in the area include Anduze (11.5 km) which is known as the gateway to the Cévennes . From here you can board the old steam train which takes you through the Cévennes to St. Jean du Garde stopping along the way to visit the famous Bambouseraie which is home to Europe’s largest bamboo collection . Anduze is a lively tourist town with many good restaurants , shops & cafe’s . Nearby Sauve is a medieval town (12km) which has managed to retain all of it’s old charm . There are a number of good restaurants hidden among the narrow streets as well as 2 bars in the small town square . Celebrity residents in Sauve include the characaturist Robert Crumb & also the famous Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts . Ales is the closest city . It’s about a 20 minute drive from La Bastide des Lavandieres & it has all of the usual large shops & department stores you’d expect to find in a city of it’s size as well as an open air market each Monday .
Other interesting cities worth visiting if time allows are Nimes with it’s famous Roman Amphitheatre & Montpellier which is a bright vibrant modern city which still has some wonderful old architecture & buildings . Once in Montpellier the beaches of the Mediterran are just a short distance away. Uzès is famous throughout France for it’s huge Saturday market when the whole place literally becomes one big open air market . Another city of interest to artists & art historians is Arles – the home for a time of Van Gogh . Arles also has some well preserved Roman ruins which are worth a visit too . Avignon with it’s Papal Palace was during the period from 1309 to 1377 the residence of 7 different popes – all French. As well as the Papal Palace Avignon is also famous for it’s bridge – the Pont d’Avignon .
With so much to do your only problem will be how do you fit it all in ?
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La Bastide des Lavandieres , Route de Lezan , Canaules 30350 , France Tel: +33 466 931 038 (France) /+353 87 2228602 (Ireland)
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