Although La Croisette is a perfect centre to relax and take things easy, there may be times when you want to be more active, particularly if you have children. There are a number of activities locally that you can try.
In both Grillon and Valreas there are small fishing lakes and permits can be bought to try out your skills at catching your supper. There are also plenty of nearby rivers, in which you can also fly-fish. The water level in these rivers might be a bit low during the summer months and you will need to ask at the local information centres or tourist information centres for prices and restrictions that might apply.
There are free public courts in the village of Grillon, and also in Valreas & Nyons.
There are a number of courses within easy 'driving distance', ranging from basic pay-and-play though to Championship standard.
Golf Grand Avignon, Chemin de la Banastière 84270 Vedène. Tel: 04 90 31 49 94. (1 hr away) 18 hole course, N.E, of Avignon
Clansayes, 26130, Clansayes. Tel: 0475 98 57 03. (15 mins away) 9 hole course between Grignan & Montelimar
Valdaine Golf Club, Monboucher 267404. Tel: 0475 01 86 66 (30 mins away) 18 hole course, 4 kms east of Montelimar
Valence St Didier, St Didier de Chapey 26300. Tel: 0490 31 49 94 (1 hr away) 18 hole course, 12kms east of Valence.
Provence Golf & Country Club, Route de Fountaine de Vaucluse, l’Isle sur la Sorgue, 846800 Saumane. Tel: 0490 20 20 65. (1 hour away) 18 hole course 20 kms east of Avignon.
Golf de Chateaublanc, Route de Chateaublanc, Morieres-les-Avignon 84310. Tel: 0490 33 39 08 (1 hour away) 18 & 9 hole course, close to Avignon airport.
This list gives you a flavour of what is available, some more local than others, but all within a reasonable driving distance for a fun day out.
Our favourites locally (and the ones our guests seem to favour) are the Water Park in Nyons (particularly good for small children), the crocodile farm which is a must if the weather is not too good, and kayaking in the Ardeche. There is also a beach and lake which are great for the very small at Cornillon sur L’Oule near Remuzat (about 30 minutes drive)
Other activities include:
Adventure tree walks at Marsanne (8 upwards).
Quad Bikes & Karting at Richerenches
Butterfly Farm close to Crest on the Drome
Eagles at Beaucaire (between Avignon & Nimes)
Crocodiles & giant tortoises at the Crocodile Farm, near Pierrelatte
Caves in the Ardeche (Grotte de Madeleine, la Cocaliere & Aven d’Organac )
Canoeing & kayaking in the in the Ardeche, Drome and at the Pont du Gard
Miniature Village and Railway in Baume de Transit
Amazonia Adventure Park, south of Orange
Water Park (Parc de Loisir Aquatiques) in Nyons
Karting, Adventure trails, & Horse Riding activities at Mont Serein, Mont Ventoux
Circus Chateau (Alexis Gruss) at Piolenc, near Orange
Fighter Aircraft Museum at Montelimar (tel: 0475 53 79 49)
Horse Riding at the Centre Equestre de Grignan (tel: 0475 46 90 02)
Animal park (Mille et une Cornes) in the Drome, close to Lac de Champos
Forest Adventure Park (La Foret de Marsanne), near Montelimar
Tropical Aquarium in Allex near Crest
Bird Garden in Upie, north of Crest
Farm animal park (l’Arc en Ciel) at Molleges, south of Avignon