The stage in pictures
Paris Nice 2014 - 14/03/2014 - Etape6 - St Saturnin les Avignon - Fayence © ASO/P.Perreve
Located 10 km or so east of Avignon, Saint-Saturnin-lès-Avignon is a Provençal village with almost 5,000 inhabitants. The River Sorgue meanders around our two hills, the Colline du Puy and the Colline de la Graille, which lead into the Comtat Venaissin against the backdrop of the giant of Provence: the iconic cycling site of Mont Ventoux. We are delighted to invite you to come and immerse yourself in our peaceful way of life and the homeliness of the village, and to explore our history as told by fountains and undergrounds, the wash house and the banks of the Sorgue, the church and chapel, and our windmills. A warm welcome awaits you on the sun-bathed terraces of our cafés and restaurants, as well as in the local shops. Our guesthouses, gîtes and holiday village also make Saint-Saturnin the ideal base for outings and excursions throughout the region, with walks through beautiful Avignon and its rich historic heritage, the charm of the Luberon, and of course the Monts de Vaucluse, the Côtes du Rhône wine trail and the Alpilles which are all nearby.
Just a few minutes from the Mediterranean coastline, and barely an hour from the nearest ski resorts, lies the area of Fayence, comprising eight magnificent hilltop villages. At the heart of this region, built on a hillside, stands Fayence, with a population of just over 5,000 inhabitants, home to boutiques, art shops and fine dining for gourmet-lovers along its winding streets. Fayence also boasts an impressive architectural heritage: the Notre-Dame des Cyprès Romanesque chapel, the clock tower and the Porte Sarrazine dating back to the 14th century. Fayence also continues to offer a rich cultural life through the Espace Cultural and the Verdure Theatre, with events such as the Bread Festival in the summer and the string quartet festival in the autumn. Sport also has its place, with outdoor pools in the summer, tennis courts, gymnasiums and community playing fields for the benefit of local associations and clubs. Finally, the Fayence-Tourrettes international gliding centre plays host to gliding enthusiasts from all over the world. It is the largest centre of its kind in Europe in terms of the total flight time. Indeed, Fayence offers a great way of life...
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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