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.

 

Gorges de la NesqueDistance = 66 km (41 miles)
Landscape = Gorges de la Nesque and Val de Sault
Level = Experienced
Parking = Wine Cellar TerraVentoux at the entrance of Villes-sur-Auzon
Marked itinerary

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Do not miss:
Monieux : the old village centre and Léon Doux square with stunning views over the Val de Sault
Sault: the village centre and the panoramic view over the lavender fields and the Mont Ventoux
Between Methamis and Villes-sur-Auzon : vineyard landscapes characteristic of the Terrasses du Ventoux (Muscat du Ventoux), cherry and plum trees.

Things to do:
Visit the wine cellars and estates that are part of the Ventoux Cyclists Welcome network. Many of them offer different wine-related events.
In Monieux : the Sunday morning market, from April to September. Enjoy the cool and refreshing banks of the lake in Monieux and the play area. Visit the Truffle and Eggcup Museum.
In Sault: the market on Wednesday morning, a visit to the famous nougat maker André Boyer (free visit by appointment) and to La Savonnerie.

Information

Tourism Office of Sault, avenue de la Promenade - 84390 Sault Tel. +33 (0)4 90 64 01 21
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www.saultenprovence.com

Tourism Office of Monieux and Gorges de la Nesque, place Léon Doux - 84390 Monieux Tel. +33 (0)4 90 64 14 14
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www.ot-monieux.com

Tourism Point Info - 84570 Villes-sur-Auzon Tel. +33 (0)4 90 40 49 82
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www.provence-cycling.com
www.provence-a-velo.fr

On the way
Starting from the TerraVentoux wine cellar, cycle through the village of Villes-sur-Auzon and take the "route touristique" (scenic road) for the Gorges de la Nesque. Cycling this winding road requires attention andcare. It is widelhy used by bikers and the sides are steep. Cycle with care!
During the 22km climb enjoy the different points of view and stop at the Belvedere of Castelleras. Before coming into the village of Monieux, there is a small lake, a pleasant refreshing place for relaxation. Take the time to visit the very pretty village of Monieux.
In Monieux, you can choose the option which winds by the lake, or continue on to Sault.
After have passed through "La Loge", go up to Sault and stop there to enjoy the view over the Val de Sault.
Going back to Villes-sur-Auzon, you will cross the "Croc" river taking the direction of Saint-Jean and Apt. After Saint-Jean there is a beautiful view over Monieux and its lake. Keep going in the direction of Methamis, passing by Saint-Hubert and the Chapelle Sainte-Foy. At your arrival in Methamis, you could visit the village or follow the direction of Villes-sur-Auzon and the TerraVentoux cellar.

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Domaine Les Hautes Briguières
Musée de la Truffe du Ventoux
     
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