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Sainte Cécile les Vignes

 
Departement of Vaucluse - Pop.: 2,300 h.

Located 13 km north-east of Orange via the D976 and 23 km west of Vaison la Romaine.
Sainte Cecile les Vignes, fountain


is a small peaceful village spreading over the plain in an area known as the "Provence of the Popes", on the northern border of the Vaucluse and the Drôme.

As its name suggests, here you are in one of the most important Cotes du Rhone wine-making areas.


Sainte Cecile les Vignes, the village

So you will not be surprised to see acres of vine fields all around Sainte Cécile. The vineyards line the road, right up to the heart of the village.

Here you will be greeted first of all by the large Saint Cécilia co-operative, which marks the entrance to the village and produces the Chantecôte AOC.

Sainte Cecile les Vignes, clock tower



Sainte Cécile is a picturesque village for a visit, revealing ancient private mansions and some very interesting ruins.

In olden times (from 1370 onwards) the village was protected by ramparts, traces of which can be seen to this day.

The old centre is encircled by three courtyards, with lively cafés and shops (Trintignant, La Poste and Portalet).




Sainte Cecile les Vignes, campanile of the clock tower

The oldest part of the village comprises ancient houses built right up against each other. As you walk around, you cannot fail to see the Clock Tower, crowned by its wrought iron campanile with a small bell.

You can also visit Sainte Cécile church and take a look at the mairie. Don't miss the 14th century Tour de Defense which houses the Tourist Office and the wine tasting cellar run by the Wine-growers of Sainte Cécile. It's time to take a breather.... and meanwhile you can admire the beautiful 14th century vaulted roof.


What to see:

Remains of the ramparts with the 14th century Clock Tower.
House of Cardinal Cecilius (village library).
12th century Ste Cécile church, altered in the 18th century .
The wine co-operative, vineyards.



Leisure activities:

Man made lake with facilities. Fishing.
Tennis. Walking.
Saturday morning market.



Accommodation:

Hotel.
Holiday rentals. Gite.



Neighbouring towns and villages:

Lagarde Paréol (4 km), Cairanne (5 km), Sérignan du Comtat (8 km).







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