A gorgeous patchwork of fields of blue lavender and golden wheat, the “Plateau d'Albion”, or Albion Highlands, stretch from the Luberon hills to the very confines of Vaucluse county, marked by Mont Ventoux, the Baronnies range, and Lure Mountain. This cycling trip starts from Sault and covers the wide-open spaces on the Albion highlands, where time seems to have stood still. The breathtaking landscapes instill sensations of isolation, beauty, and total freedom. Cycle through the immensity of these limestone highlands. The water which permeates the limestone makes its way to the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and creates many caves along its way. This area is a favourite playground for experienced spelunkers.
Distance = 33 km (20,5 miles)
Landscape = The Albion Highlands and the Val de Sault
Level = "Discovery"
Parking = In the centre of Sault close to the Tourism Office
Do not miss :
In Sault, the old village and the Promenade which affords magnificent views over the countryside.
Purple and gold landscapes in Sault valley and on the Plateau d'Albion
The picturesque villages of Aurel, Saint-Trinit and Saint-Christol
Things to do:
Provencal market in Sault every Wednesday morning,
See the artisanal nougat-making plant and the André Boyer nougat shop.
See La Savonnerie in Sault: soaps, flavours, etc.
Outdoor activities: lots of outdoor possibilities, here, including spelunking.
Tourism Office - Sault, avenue de la Promenade - 84390 Sault
Tel. +33 (0)4 90 64 01 21
On the way
From the Sault Tourism Office in the village centre, follow the cycling signs in the direction of Aurel and Montbrun.
If you don't want to go to Montbrun-les-Bains and follow the itinerary Gorges du Toulourenc, north of the Mont Ventoux, stop in Aurel.
Aurel is worth seeing: some of the steep streets have been carved through the rock. A 12th church and 13th century castle are at the top of the village. Aurel is also famous for his painters and craftsmen.
In Aurel, cycle to the top of the village to follow the direction for Saint-Trinit.
Saint-Trinit: Have a look at the beautiful Romanesque church.
Saint-Christol: the village offers you great places for fresh rest. Instead of going back to Sault enjoying an exceptional panorama, you have the possibility to join the cycle ride from Luberon area.
|Professionnals in the area
|Accomodations||Terroir and famous places
Hôtel Le Signoret
Hôtel Le Louvre**
Relais du Mont Ventoux**
Le Château de la Gabelle
Accueil Spéléologique du Plateau d’Albion (ASPA)
Gîte d'étape Saint-Hubert
|Restaurants||Guides / Taxis
Le Bistrot de Saint-Trinit
L’Atelier c/Hôtel Le Signoret
Relais du Mont Ventoux**
Restaurant Le Louvre**