Between Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail

This is a more challenging ride, full of the sensation of flying over vineyards and Mediterranean forests. The ride goes through typically Provençal pine stands in the Dentelles de Montmirail and winds upward to charming villages which offer different, unique panoramas of the landscapes between Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles range.

Perched Villages

This ride starts from the village of Saint Didier and takes you to the foothills of the Monts de Vaucluse, through magnificent panoramic views of Mont Ventoux and the surrounding cultivated fields – vineyards, the cherry orchards producing the Monts de Venasque cherries, almond trees, and the villages of La Roque-sur-Pernes, Le Beaucet, Venasque.
These villages were built up high on the rocks offering protection over time. This makes them unique places to visit with views which will take your breath away.

The Nesque river Canyons (Gorges de la Nesque)

Be careful at all times, the road is narrow but the view magnificent! This itnerary which follows the tourist road of the Gorges de la Nesque remains the most "sporting" road proposed. 22km of progressive climb in the heart of a remarkable landscape. The Gorges de la Nesque are a beautiful hydro-geological breakdown from which rocks seem to have been drawn up. An abyss follows the road, marked out by tunnels and belvederes, like Castelleras in front of the majestic "Rocher du Cire". Take time to look at one of the most unspoilt sites of Provence. At this view-point, there is a slab dedicated to the Povencal author and poet Frederic Mistral. At your arrival in Monieux, you will discover the Val de Sault and its lavender fragrances when the summer comes. The prominent surroundings give this country a protected feeling. On the way back, you will cross the "Forêt du Javon" and at Methamis you will join "Terrasses du Ventoux" country.

Toulourenc Valley

This tour has been initiated by the Association for developing tourism in Haut-Vaucluse and allows one to discover Saint-Léger du Ventoux, Brantes and Savoillans, three villages established in the Toulourenc valley. These villages face the abrupt, north side of Mont Ventoux. This itinerary is for cyclists in good physical condition and can be done over two days which will enable one to enjoy the calm and charm of the towns.
 
Distance = 57 km à 91 km
Landscape = Piémont du Ventoux nord
Level = Difficult
Parking = in the center of Entrechaux
Marked itinerary
 
 

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Do not miss
Saint-Léger-du-Ventoux: Saint-Léger-du-Ventoux is a modest but charming village on the foothills of Mont Ventoux. Brantes is a small fortified town towered by Moont Ventoux. savoillans is a quiet serene medieval town at the foot of Mont Ventoux.
 
Things to do
Stop now and then and get the real feel of the valley. Imagine the trackss and paths clinbing the north face of Mont Ventoux departing from Saint-Léger-du-Ventoux. Visit the workshops of different artisans and craftsmen in Brantes and discover the unique atmosphere of this quiet village. In Savoillans go thourgh the "soustets" or passage-ways, visit an exhibition at St Agricol fram, relax on the terrace of the Bistrot or walk 20 minutes to discover the ancient coalmines.
 
Information
Office Intercommunal de Vaison-la-Romaine, Place du Chanoine Sautel - 84110 Vaison-la-Romaine Tel. +33 (0)4 90 36 02 11
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www.vaison-ventoux-tourisme.com
www.provence-a-velo.fr

Your itinerary
Take time to visit the medieval castle which guards Entrechaux before heading towards Mollans and the Toulourenc valley. At Saint-Léger-du-Ventoux, the village fountain and laundry will refresh energetic cyclists. The second step, Brantes is reached after a rather abrupt and long climb. It is a real pleasure to discover the village clinging to the slopes opposite the "Giant of Provence". Let the beauty and silence of the sight invade you. Further on, Savoillans on the banks of the Toulourenc river will captivate more than one cyclist.
Two possibilities : either riding back to Entrechaux or following the valley... to Reilhannette, Montbrun-les-Bains, Sault, Villes sur Auzon, Bedoin, Malaucène and Entrechaux.


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