Malaucène, Mont Ventoux
Malaucène, capital of Ventoux, is a pretty 10th century village. It revolves around its old fort which dominates the town. Its historical heritage is worthy of interest and the surrounding countryside, superb, allows many outdoor activities.
What makes this village special?
The center of the village offers buildings with Gallic, Roman and medieval influences, old fountains, washhouses and typical houses, some of which now house cafes, bars or restaurants. The old town has a courtyard planted with century-old plane trees where it is good to laze around.
The most important building in the village is the church of Saint-Michel-et-Saint-Pierre, dating from 1309, in Romanesque and Gothic style, which mixes with a Renaissance choir, testifying to its different periods of construction. It has a 17th century giltwood case organ and a fully carved pulpit. Outside the building, a stone bench over 40 meters high!
The most athletic can indulge in horse riding, climbing, fishing and paragliding, enough to spend an excellent holiday! The village is also the starting point for many walks to Mont Ventoux. The most famous being the one that will take you to the Calvary site. The most refreshing is undoubtedly the walk to the source of Groseau, the second resurgence after that of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Not far from there, don't miss the Portail Saint-Jean, a curious rock located on the road that leads to the summit of Ventoux, and the Notre-Dame de Groseau chapel, the last vestige of the monastery that Pope Clement V took as his residence. summer in the fourteenth century.
The Wednesday morning market is a particularly popular local event, and provides an opportunity to discover local produce and wine. Meats, cheeses, olives and salamis are specialties at great prices. Do not miss the Ventoux cherries, a must! It is also possible to buy clothes, works of art and pottery here. This is the perfect opportunity to bring home authentic, locally made gifts.
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