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Departement of Vaucluse - Pop.: 15,000 h.

45 km from Avignon - 20 km from Orange. From the A7 motorway, take the Bollene exit
Bollene - Bridge

Bollene is strategically situated in the Rhone Valley, at the crossroads of four departements : Vaucluse, Drome, Ardeche et Gard.

Symbolising the gateway of Provence, Bollene is blessed with plenty of sunshine (the Mistral wind also...) and the locals speak with a lilting accent....

Bollene - The village

Bollene is an ancient city with a rich history that has witnessed the passing of several civilisations.

The most well-known is the troglodyte of Barry (one of the most important in French history).

Bollene - Statue

In the old town of Bollene, you can see lovely old doors, several "hotels particuliers" and charming squares, so typical of Provence. At the Couvent des Ursulines you will discover rows of arches, huge stairways and an ancient chapel.

From the high-point of the village and the beautiful gardens which surround the Collegiale St Martin, you can admire the view of the Cevennes, la Vallee du Rhone and the old houses... as well as the Tricastin nuclear power plant and the Andre Blondel hydro-electricity factory!

Bollene - Street

A number of activities help you to appreciate the surroundings: the marked walking tracks on the "plateau du site de Barri", excursions in the Ardeche gorges, visits to the chateaux in the Comtat Venaissin or the cotes du Rhone wine trail.

What to see:

Barry troglodyte village.
Collegiale St Martin 11th, 14th and 15th century
Church. 17th century hotels particuliers.
Flutes of the worls museum.

Leisure activities:

Monday morning market.
"Brocante" or jumble sale :the second Saturday of the month.
Hiking and cycling. Swimming pool, tennis, wind surfing, sailing, fishing, pétanque.
Exhibitions, cultural activities and music festivals.


Bed and breakfast.
Holiday rentals.

Neighbouring villages:

Mondragon (6km), Lamotte du Rhône (7km), Lapalud (10km).

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