Top things to do in Vaison-la-Romaine

Top Choice Ruins in Vaison-la-Romaine

Gallo-Roman Ruins

The ruined remains of Vasio Vocontiorum, the Roman city that flourished here between the 6th and 2nd centuries BC, fill two central Vaison sites. Two neighbourhoods of this once opulent city, Puymin and La Villasse,…
Top Choice Historic Site in Vaison-la-Romaine

Cité Médiévale

Wandering around Vaison-la-Romaine's wonderful medieval quarter, you could be forgiven for thinking you've stepped into a forgotten set from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Ringed by ramparts and accessed via the p…
Top Choice Bistro in Vaison-la-Romaine

Bistro du'O

For fine dining in Vaison, this is everyone's tip. The setting is full of atmosphere, in a vaulted cellar in the medieval city (once the château stables), and the chef Philippe Zemour takes his cue from Provençal fl…
French in Vaison-la-Romaine

La Lyriste

Nothing world-changing here, but tasty regional food from bourride (fish stew) to brandade de cabillaud (cod kebabs), laced with lashings of olive oil, tomatoes and Provençal herbs. Unusually, there's generally a go…
Gastronomy in Vaison-la-Romaine

Le Moulin à Huile

This renowned restaurant is still a destination address in Vaison, if only for its lovely riverside setting in a former olive-oil mill. The menus are affordable, and stocked with lots of locally sourced goodies, suc…
French in Vaison-la-Romaine

Le Bateleur

Run by Nicolas and Andrea Bofelli, this is another superior, if rather cramped, address for Provençal dishes like crusty pork belly and roast veal. The odd-shaped dining room is a bit claustrophobic; try to snag a t…
Bakery in Vaison-la-Romaine

Maison Lesage

For picnics by the river, this excellent bakery has no shortage of foodie fare: big baguettes, homemade pastries and nougat, and the house speciality, bun-sized meringues in a rainbow of flavours.
Church in Vaison-la-Romaine

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Nazareth

The peaceful 12th-century Romanesque cloister at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Nazareth is a five-minute walk west of La Villasse – and a great spot to find refuge from the summer heat.
Dance in Vaison-la-Romaine

Festival de Vaison-la-Romaine

Three-week-long dance festival held at the Roman Théâtre Antique. Book by April.
Music in Vaison-la-Romaine

Festival des Chœurs Lauréats

The best choirs in Europe.