NYONS - ROMAN BRIDGE - SCOURTINERIE
The little Nice of Provence !
Nyons coming from Noyo magus means new market. The municipality is nicknamed «Petit Nice» because of the sunshine ( 2700 hours) comparable to that of Nice and its Riviera.
The olive tree has been cultivated there since ancient times.
The Roman bridge of Nyons spanning the Eygues (or Aygues): inaugurated in 1409 by the bishop of Vaison, with a single arch of 43 m and overlooks the river of more than 18 meters.
It is classified second bridge of France of such pure quality.
The bridge was well guarded by a high redoubt at each end, and the toll tower which occupied the centre of the bridge.
The bridge has been listed as a historic monument since October 8, 1925.
The preserved old mills allow us to understand the sequence of operations related to olive oil, from the grinding of olives by a grinding wheel to the pressing and settling to separate the oil from the water.
The Scourtinerie founded in 1882 is the last factory of Scourtins de Provence.
Scourtins are filters used for oil extraction and wine pressing.
Today they serve as Provençal carpets made of coconut fiber.
In the weaving workshop, the machines, have changed very little since the creation in the nineteenth century.
These machines operated until 1954 thanks to the driving force of the Eygues.
Half day program
Departure from your resort
Visit to an oil mill
Visit to the Roman Bridge
Visit of the Scourtinerie
Indicative time : 7:00 am to 12:00 am or 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm