Mont-Ventoux peaks at 1912m (6,263 feet) and is known as the Giant of Provence. It is a mecca for cyclists and hikers. Featured in the Tour de France, it is not for the weak! Work your way to the top and enjoy the easy ride down!
EXPLORE AND EXPERIENCE
UNESCO has recognized Mont Ventoux as a 'Biosphere reserve', keeping it protected for the athletes, scientists and even mushroom hunters who visit this unique area. In addition to hiking and biking, there is downhill bob-luge karting in the summer. In winter, there’s downhill or cross-country skiing and show-shoeing at Chalet Reynard and Mont Serein. There is a restaurant and crepe shop at the top where you can dine while enjoying the breathtaking views.
Resembling a lighthouse, the red and white building at the top is as a meteorological station that was built in 1968. It is also used to broadcast television signals.
"Ventoux" comes from the word "Vent" meaning wind. Plan accordingly!
Stay and Savor
La Confiserie du Mont Ventoux (actually located in the nearby town of Carpentras) has been making the famous "berlingots de Carpentras" for 3 generations. It is one of the oldest confections in France, and you have probably enjoyed one of these hard candies.
Find them at:
1184, avenue Dwight Eisenhower
Tél. +33 04 90 63 05 25
Brasserie de Durfort - This artisanal microbrewery offers a large variety of beers made from local ingredients. Open by appointment:
Hameau de Saint-Jean de Sault
Rue de la Pétanque
Tél. +33 (0)6 08 62 15 34
Ruchofruit - condiments, jams and spreads since 1989. I love this type of shop and usually end up with way too many jars in my suitcase!
210, Combe de canaud – 84410 FLASSAN
tél./fax : 04 90 70 24 33
GPS : 44.0607 5.1437
Château Pesquié is not to be missed! This family owned vineyard who specializes in organic wines, offers more than just the usual tastings. With a castle this beautiful, you want to linger a bit longer. Why not enjoy a visit of the wine caves, a stroll through the vines, or a picnic in the vineyard? Bliss! The AOC Ventoux will have different flavors than a Gigondas or a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, putting you on your way to becoming an expert in the wines of Provence.
Berlingots de Carpentras