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Lovely non-café house in Vinon

Vinon-sur-Verdon is a small interesting village, and very active partly because of its location at the junction of a north-south road between Saint Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume and Manosque, and a SW-NE road between Aix-en-Provence/Pertuis and Gréoux-les-Bains/Riez.

Even with our visit being on the 11-November holiday and shops being closed, there was a fair amount of activity and a lot of people about. We had a great lunch in Le Mistral café-restaurant, with typical Provencal autumn menus.

There are some nice park areas along the river banks, great for summertime picnicking.


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History of Vinon-sur-Verdon

Name

First record, 1074 Vino, Vinonum.

Gallo-Roman: Traces of Gallo-Roman occupation were found at the domain of La Pebre (500 m north of the river past the bridge). Parts of a Roman villa, with decorative mosaics and inscriptions, were found on the right bank (north side) of the Verdon and a tomb was found at Terres Rouges.

There's a reference to the passage here of the Via Sixtia, but we can't find any confirmation of a Roman road with this name. There were definitely Roman roads here, whatever they were called,

Medieval: Bérenger, Count of Provence, ruled here until 1238 when he made a gift of his fief to the Templars. The Templars ruled here until the time of the French Revolution. In 1591 the Vinon castle made an historic defense against the troops of the Duke of Savoy.

Fun - Amusement - Kids

Kayaking Kayaking. We don't have the details, but there's obviously kayaking and canoeing here in Vinon-sur-Verdon. This photo was taken in November, so imagine how active it is in the summer.

Farmyard Animal Park - Parc Animalier Domestique

  • Location: Between Vinon and Grêoux-les-Bains, south of Manosque.
  • Open: All year, 10h-19h.
  • Entry: €6; under-3 years free
  • Tel: 0492 788 825
  • Web: www.parc-animalier-verdon.com
  • Includes donkeys of Provence and Greece, cattle of the Camargue and Thailand, camels, llamas, alpagas, Angora goats, poneys, ducks and swans. Playground, video games, kids games, mini-golf, free poney rides.

Hiking

• GPS: 43.724789, 5.812406

Maps

IGN (1/25,000) #3343 OT "Greoux-les-Bains, Rians"

There are no marked hiking trails at Vinon-sur-Verdon. About 2 km north of the river, however, begins some wooded hills with small roads and forestry trails. This area extends north and east at least to Gréoux-les-Bains.

More wooded hills with forestry trails and tracks can be found directly south of the village. Four or five km east of Vinon are some marked hikes that make loop hikes south of Gréoux-les-Bains.


Transportation Vinon-sur-Verdon

Department 83, Var Buses

  • See Beyond's Var Department Bus Schedules for downloading the Var bus-lines map [Plan du Reseau] and bus-line schedules [Horaires] (link for PDF files).
  • Schedules for the Var bus lines are on the VarLib Horaires-Ligne page (http://www.varlib.fr/horaires_ligne/?rub_code=6") - type the line number in the Numéro ... ligne box to access the bus schedule PDF link. (Type a couple of digits in the box to get a list of route numbers.)

Marseille - Gréoux - Riez - Castellane Bus FH-27

  • LER line 27 (part A): 3 buses/day, between Marseille and Riez, trip time 2 hrs. Stops: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Venelles, Meyrargues, Peyrolles, Pont Mirabeau, St Paul-lez-Durance, Vinon, Gréoux-les-Bains, St Martin-de-Bromes, Allemagne-en-Provence, Riez.
     
    LER line 27 (part B): 1 bus a day between Riez and Castellane (via the Gorges-de-Verdon), trip time 1h30. Stops: Riez, Roumoules, Moustiers-Ste-Marie, Lapalud, Rougon, Pont de Soleil, Castellane.
     
    • On the LER website (http://www.info-ler.fr/fr/lignes-horaires/carte-et-fiches-horaires-n287. , select Ligne 27: Marseille / Greoux / Castellane to display the bus schedule PDF.

Marseille - Gréoux - Riez - Castellane Bus FH27

  • LER line 27 (part A): 3 buses/day, between Marseille and Riez, trip time 2 hrs. Stops: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Venelles, Meyrargues, Peyrolles, Pont Mirabeau, St Paul-lez-Durance, Vinon, Gréoux-les-Bains, St Martin-de-Bromes, Allemagne-en-Provence, Riez.
     
    LER line 27 (part B): 1 bus a day between Riez and Castellane, trip time 1h30. Stops: Riez, Roumoules, Moustiers-Ste-Marie, Lapalud, Rougon, Pont de Soleil, Castellane.
     
    Link to schedules Line-27 (PDF).

Marseille - Gréoux - Riez Bus

  • LER line 27, 3 buses/day, between Marseille and Riez, trip time 2 hrs. Stops: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Venelles, Meyrargues, Peyrolles, Pont Mirabeau, St Paul-lez-Durance, Vinon, Gréoux-les-Bains, St Martin-de-Bromes, Allemagne-en-Provence, Riez.
    Link to schedules (PDF).
    (LER line 27 between Riez, Roumoules, Moustiers, Lapalud, Rougon, Pont de Soleil, Castellane; 1 bus a day; 1-1/2 hrs; on demand only?)

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