When I first heard of this place, I, like most of the people I know, thought it was just an abbey. I still went to check it out and discovered a precious gem!
There is indeed an abbey, founded in the 13th century by Cistercian monks, but to be honest I never even entered it. The abbey itself is tucked away in a corner of the small square, and I am sure most visitors never notice it.
Instead what strikes everyone are the nice paths, the pond with the benches facing the sun, the trees and the small, but well kept, park leading to the upper side of the area.
Away from cars and noise, I like to go there when I run. It has few ramps and steps, which are a very useful for a good running training to improve my performance.
Here in the summer evenings it’s not unusual to find young people having picnics or playing petanques, so nice!
If you want to be more comfortable, then you can try to find place at the big table with benches in the front side of the premises.
A good addition for this summer 2017 is the pop up bar close to where the benches are. You have lounge chairs and tables, they serve food and drinks (on the cheap side) and it’s just perfect for your summer evening if you don’t feel like making the effort to prepare the picnic (open 11:00 – 23:00 daily).