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Cavaillon Office de tourisme
Place F. Tourel Cavaillon
84300

Tel:+33 (0)4 90 71 32 01
Fax:+33 (0)4 90 71 42 99

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Cavaillon is one of the biggest agricultural market towns in France and famous for its melons.  In fact, Alexandre Dumas so loved Cavaillon melons that he offered to supply the library with his novels in exchange for a dozen melons per year.

Cavaillon is situated under the Colline St-Jacques - a hill which offers magnificent views of the Alpilles mountain range and the Vallee de la Durance.  There are some interesting cultural gems here including the 18th-century synagogue which was founded in response to a growing Jewish population.  The Jewish community flourished here despite occasional attacks from Papal Rome.  However, after the Revolution most of the Jews moved to the larger cities in Provence.

Cavaillon (along with Apt) is a good base for exploring some of the prettiest Provencal villages of the Petit Luberon such as Bonnieux, Menerbes, Lacoste and Buoux.

What to See - Cavaillon Attractions

Lacoste
S of Gordes, Lacoste 84220
the Provencal village that was home to the Marquis de Sade's castle

Fontaine de Vaucluse
NE of Cavaillon, Chemin de la Fontaine
source of the river Sorgue and the most powerful spring in France
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)4 90 20 32 22

Apt-Union Factory
W of Apt on N100, Apt 84400
get yourself a guided tour of the factory where Apt's famous candies are produced
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)4 90 76 31 31

Maison du Parc Luberon
1 Place Jean Jaures, Apt 84400
with exhibits and info on the Luberon's wildlife
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Closed Sun | Tel: +33 (0)4 90 74 00 34

Le Musee du Tire-Bouchon
Domaine de la Citadelle, W of Menerbes,
the museum is home to an amazing collection of bottle poppers including a Cartier de luxe model
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Closed Sun | Tel: +33 (0)4 90 72 44 77

Chateau de L'Isolette
Between Bonnieux & Apt, 84300
wine tasting at the Chateau run by the Pinatels since the 16th-century (red wines aged in oak barrels)
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)4 90 74 56 79

Archaeological Museum
Cours Gambetta, Cavaillon 84300
a small museum situated in the chapel of the Musee de L'Hotel-Dieu
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Not Tue-Wed (Apr-Sep); not Tue,Sat,Sun (Sep-Apr) | Tel: +33 (0)4 90 76 00 34

Cathedrale Ste-Anne
Rue des Marchands, Apt 84400
Apt's cathedral does not look much from the outside but conceals an interior of worthy stained-glass and early Christian sarcophagus and linen banner brought back from the Crusades