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Carpentras, Mont Ventoux

Set on the edge of the beautiful Vaucluse plateau and close to the prestigious Côte du Rhône wine villages, Carpentras is a lively Provençal town between the Mont Ventoux and the Luberon Valley is a paradise for cyclists and wine-lovers.

What makes this town special?

Carpentras, in the shadow of the majestic Mont Ventoux, is over two thousand years old. Installed on the banks of the Auzon, it was once the home of a large Jewish community. Its architecture is inspired by this presence and by Italian models: ocher facades, picturesque alleys and pretty fountains. The Comtadin art of living is lived every moment!

Places not to be missed on vacation in Carpentras, France

Capital of the Comtat Venaissin, Carpentras was once the residence of the popes of Avignon after the papal schism in 1309 and was not incorporated into the French Republic until 1791.

A pedestrian discovery circuit will allow you to discover the heritage of the city. On this route, don't miss the oldest synagogue in France (1367), a place that bears witness to past and present Judeo-Christian civilisation; the Hôtel-Dieu and its 18th century pharmacopoeia. It now houses a media library that bears the name of its founder, Mgr d'Inguimbert: the library-museum L'Inguimbertine; the former episcopal palace which has become the courthouse; the Roman Arch, the Porte d'Orange, a remnant of the 14th century ramparts ; Boyer Pass. Stay in the shade of the small cobbled streets, and admire the architectural beauty of the Saint-Siffrein cathedral with its magnificent stained glass windows.

Carpentras is renowned for its market, classified as exceptional for the quality of its products and for its atmosphere. It takes place on Friday morning and offers a veritable festival of colors and smells. An unforgettable experience ! Another market, more confidential, takes place from the end of November to the beginning of March, on Friday mornings on Place Aristide-Briand: the truffle market, a real institution.

Places to Visit on Vacation from Carpentras, France

When the call of the outdoors gets too strong, set off on unforgettable adventures in the surrounding countryside around Mont Ventoux. There is a high concentration of cycling activities in the region, with a multitude of cycle paths as well as many mountain bike trails through forests and fields. Not to mention the mythical climb of Mont Ventoux, famous thanks to the Tour de France. The classic starting point, for those who would like to take up the challenge, is the village of Bédoin. The Dentelles de Montmirail, a hiking and climbing site, are also easily accessible. Finally, Carpentras is less than 30 kilometers from Avignon, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Vaison-la-Romaine.


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