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.
Distance = 28,5 km (alernative route of 23 km) (17,5 miles - 14 miles)
Landscape = The Dentelles de Montmirail
Parking = opposite the Tourism Office in Malaucène
Do not miss:
Malaucène : the old village centre, the spring at Notre-Dame du Groseau, the Portail Saint-Jean, the Saint-Roch chapel, the small and lovely villages of Suzette, Lafare and La Roque-Alric. On arriving in Suzette, take a short break and have a look at the superb view of the Mont Ventoux on one side and the Dentelles de Montmirail on the other.
Le Barroux is looked down upon by its fortress-castle and is a perched village full of pretty medieval streets .
Things to do:
Market day in Malaucène : on Wednesday morning
Ascent of Mont Ventoux (on Friday night in July and August). With a guide, by the light of moon, you will observe the giant of Provence! The exceptional colours of the rising or setting sun on the Comtat Plain and Dentelles de Montmirail will leave you with some unforgettable memories.
Tourism Office, 3 place de la Mairie - 84380 Malaucène Tel. +33 (0)40 90 65 22 59
On the way
This very steep-climbing circuit is for experienced cyclists; it will give you the opportunity to see magnificent panoramas over the Dentelles de Montmirail and the Mont Ventoux. You will also see perched villages such as Suzette, Lafare, La Roque-Alric which are spread around the Dentelles and overlook the valley.
From the Tourist office, follow the direction of Suzette. Take a break and admire the Dentelles de Montmirail. At Suzette, follow Le Barroux (for a short cut). If not, follow Lafare in the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Then take the direction for La Roque-Alric : the road requires a little effort. On arriving in Le Barroux you can visit the village and go up to the castle : the view is spectacular. Leaving Le Barroux, at the intersection of the roads Malaucene and Bedoin, follow the sign Fermes des Lamas (FEEL). This experimental llama farm (1km along the D19 to Bedoin) is worth a visit.
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