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 Village special
Carpentras, in the shadow of the majestic Mont Ventoux, stretches back over two thousand years. This atmospheric town on the banks of the Auzon was once home to a large Jewish community and it has held on to all the charm of bygone days, combining excellent visitor facilities with authentic character. Expect lively markets, lots of festivals and attractions for children and all the history, heritage and culture you can handle. The capital of the Comtat Venaissin and just 23 km from Avignon. Carpentras was the residence of the popes of Avignon popes after the Papal Schism in 1309 and was only annexed to the French Republic in 1791. Stay cool in the shade of Carpentras’s many cobbled little streets, marvel at the architectural beauty of Saint Siffrein Cathedral and its stained glass windows, soak up the aromas and flavours of the weekly truffle markets in season, and when the call of the great outdoors gets too strong, set off for unforgettable adventures in the surrounding countryside around the Mont Ventoux. The Carpentras region is a listed ‘Region of Art and History’. Being so close to the Mont Ventoux there is a strong focus on cycling in the area, with a multitude of cycle routes mapped out as well as endless mountain biking tracks through the forests and fields.There is also the mythical Tour de France climb, the Mont Ventoux. The classic starting places for those taking the challenge are the village of Bédoin at 300 m, on the south side, or Malaucène at 360 m on the north side. There is a third starting point, at Sault to the east.
Weekly Market (Friday)
Weekly Provençal market – Friday
One of Provence’s best-known markets, with stalls of seasonal fruit, vegetables, olives, regional produce, spices, flowers and clothing, and more, dotted throughout the town centre. Listed as one of France’s ‘Exceptional Markets’ thanks to its unparalleled atmosphere and produce.
From 8 am to 12.30 pm.
Centre-Ville and Allées Jean Jaurès, 84200 Carpentras.
Markets in Carpentras
Weekly farmer’s market - Tuesday
Every Tuesday, the square overlooking the local Tourist Office plays host to a bustling local farmer’s market.
Tuesdays from 4.45 pm to 7 pm, from April to September
Weekly truffle market – Friday
One of France’s most prestigious markets thanks to the rigorously selected, high-quality truffles on offer. Traders are permitted into the “sacred” room where buying occurs, while visitors can buy at the small stands outside, where locals set up stall with even just a few truffles. The trade market starts precisely at 9 am when a bell is rung and the Carpentras truffle market sets the “cours” – the price – for other markets in Provence for the following week.
Summer (tuber aestivum): Fridays from 8 am to noon just outside the Maison de Pays from 15 May to 25 August (peak summer truffle season).
Place du 15 Aout 1944, 84200 Carpentras.
Winter (tuber melanosporum): Fridays from 8 am to noon from the third Friday of November to the end of March.
Place Aristide Briand, 84200 Carpentras.