At the junction of the departments of the Vaucluse, the Drôme, the Ardèche and the Gard, Bollène is a quite big Provençal town with a population of 15,000.
The old town, situated on a rocky promontory, offers a magnificent panorama over the lower town, the Rhône Valley and the Cévennes. As you stroll through Bollène, you will see its many private mansions dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Not far away, the entirely restored collegiate church of Saint-Martin de Bollène offers you the tranquility of its gardens and a super view over the town.
Panoramic view of Bollene
Collegiate St. Martin of Bollène
Gardens of the Collegiate St. Martin in Bollène
Bell tower of the Collegiate Church of Saint Martin
To see also:
- the 11th century Cardinal House
- the Ursulines Convent
- the door of the former Recollets Convent
- the Town Hall
- the cave-dweller village of Barry, presently closed to the public due to ground collapse
- the hydroelectric dam of Donzère-Mondragon
and many other sites that you can visit if you follow the history and medieval circuit offered by the Tourist Office of Bollène.
In summer, the whole town comes alive with the festival Polymusicales de Bollène, which organizes free shows and performances!
Well-served by the roads network and the A7 motorway, from Bollène you can quickly reach some of the most beautiful places in Provence: Avignon, Orange, Vaison la Romaine, the Mont Ventoux, Grignan, the gorges of the Ardèche, the Côtes du Rhône Wine Road....