Mirabel-aux-Baronnies

St. Julien Church, Mirabel aux Baronnies

The village is perched on a small hill in a beautiful valley on the border of the Drôme and Vaucluse Departments of Provence. It is a beautiful part of Southern France, with a wide variety of things to do and see. Views take in rich lavender fields, small vineyards, and a patchwork of olive groves & apricot orchards. There is a market held every Friday throughout the year, as well as cafes and restaurants. Mirabel is just 8 kilometres south of Nyons, the olive capital of France, and a similar distance north of Vaison la Romaine, one of the most important Roman heritage sites in France. And Mirabel is about 40 minutes from Montelimar’s fast TGV train ride to Paris and other European locations, an hour north-east of Avignon (Cité des Papes), and less than 2 hours to Marseille with its international airport and the Mediterranean.

Mirabel aux Baronnies village lane

The Mirabel region is renown for its fruit, primarily apricots, is on the edge of the Côtes du Rhône wine areas, and is in the region of the world’s best olives. And the Baronnies also supply 90% of France’s white (summer) and black (winter) truffles!

Here’s a link to Google Maps with a arrow/flag on our roof top terrace: 4.311045° N, 5.098913° E. The Impasse des Fleurs walkway to our front door is on the right, with the adjacent green area being the large garden our back bedroom looks into. On the immediate left is the Rue Gen. de Gaulle (aka Rue du Bourg) street, on which our garage fronts. A rare book shop, our favorite bakery (boulangerie & pâtisserie), small grocery (épicerie), and meat market (boucherie) are but a few steps away on the Rue Gen. de Gaulle. The church, with its bell steeple, is near the top of the screen (its bell tolls hourly). Zoom out to see all the surrounding hills and fields of vineyards, apricot orchards, and olive groves. The larger towns of Nyons (to northeast) and Vaison la Romaine (to the south) are only about 8 kilometers (5 miles) away.

Mirabel aux Baronnies in front of Mt. Ventoux

Mirabel aux Baronnies has a dry and warm micro-climate and, because it is tucked into a small valley, is well protected against the Mistral winds. Here is a link to weather statistics, as well as current conditions and forecast: Mirabel weather.

Other resources:
Town’s own website
Wikipedia’s Entry
Google street view
Active & informative regional blog (see right column’s bottom for index, etc.)