When you stay at Chateau Eydoux you are in what is called the Vaucluse department (84). You may argue that this is the heart of Provence. At 5km from Carpentras and barely 20km from Avignon, Loriol du Comtat is easily accessible and strategically located to plan your excursions in the region.
Hiking & cycling
Loriol du Comtat lies at the foot of Mont Ventoux overlooking the slopes of Les Dentelles de Montmirail. Even closer the rivers le Mède and le Brégoux cross the landscape around the village. The Lac de Loriol in Valernes is a haven of peace for hikers and fishermen. From the village there are various routes that are well marked and suitable for families. There is a large map in the town square that illustrates the necessary info.
For experienced hikers, we can add that the GR4 runs through the Dentelles and the GR9 will guide you on the slopes of the Ventoux. The ancient paths of shepherds were transformed into hundreds of hiking trails where you never have to pass somewhere twice to get to the top.
The Gorges du Toulourenc poses a real challenge. Well equipped and with the necessary perseverance you may even stand here to the chest in the water. But what a beauty!
Nice detail, ‘Loriol’ is named after the golden bird Oriolus, or wasp eater in the vernacular. The species is protected and is not often noticed. If you see one, make sure to take a picture!
It’s a great pleasure to walk around this small but lively village. There is a café, a library, pizzeria, bakery, the school. Local market day is Saturday till 1pm. The village has its own rich history dating back to the first passage of the Romans, but unfortunately not much remains from this period. But a refreshing drink in the square and watch the French village life go by is a treat too, no?!
Speaking about Romans: Vaison-la-Romaine is not far from Chateau Eydoux. The city of Orange is also nearby. Every year in its arena, the city organises Roman-inspired spectacles which are for fans of popular history surely not to be missed.
Fontaine de Vaucluse is also an important tourist destination because of the source of the Sorgue. The small rivers that are further along the Sorgue provide a lyrical landscape that inspired poets and writers as Pétrarque, Chateaubriand, Frédéric Mistral and René Char. The village has many restaurants and souvenir shops that will fill your day with a holiday mood.
In the direction of Mont Ventoux, Bedoin with its market on Monday and Caromb are nice villages to explore.
Further south, mainly the antique market on Sunday in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and the Abbey of Senanque are not to be missed.