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The Mont Ventoux, the symbol of Provence

Ventoux

Also known as the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux overlooks the vineyards of the plain and the orchards of the Comtat Venaissin from its height of 75,000 feet, as well as the perched villages of the Toulourenc valley, the Baronnies and the vineyards of Cotes du Rhône.

Its graceful silhouette singles out from the neighbouring reliefs of the Dentelles de Montmirail and Vaucluse Mountains. Throughout the year, its culminating point inspires a feeling of belonging to the local population, one of admiration and covetousness shared by the numerous visitors of the region.

As early as mid-April, access to the summit is possible by the south, from Bedoin and Sault, and, one month later, access becomes possible from the north, starting from Malaucène. 

In clear weather, the 360° panorama is indeed impressive. The absence of vegetation is surprising indeed and gives the bald mountain a lunar aspect. It is quite frequent for tourists to mistake the white limestone under intense light of the sun with snow.

Vélo Ventoux
Ventoux marcheur

The many short and long hiking trails allow hikers and mountain bikers to discover Mont Ventoux in a different way. On its northern slope, mouflons and chamois stride along steep trails that can be compared to those of the Alps.

In mid-November, Mont Ventoux, wrapped in its autumn dress, waits for the first snows, which will allow its two ski resorts, Ventoux Sud and Mont Serein, to welcome winter sports enthusiasts.

Mont Ventoux has been classified a biosphere reserve by the UNESCO as early as 1990 and a project for a Natural Regional Park is under study to protect this highly vulnerable environment.

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