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Nesque canyon, a preserved natural site

Gorges Nesque

After the Verdon canyon, the one of the Nesque is the most spectacular of Provence.

This wild and grandiose canyon can be discovered from the corbelled touristic road between Villes-sur-Auzon and Monieux, in which tunnels and belvederes punctuate a flabbergasting itinerary.

If you take this touristic road you’ll understand why the Nesque canyon is classified a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Take some time to stop at the Castellaras Belvedere, which faces the Rocher du Cire.

From this impressive panorama, the 300 metres deep precipice and the depth and wilderness of the canyon become apparent.

Nesque, chapelle, marcheur

The bottom of the canyon is as unexpected; a troglodyte chapel of twelfth century offers shelter to hikers.

The Saint Michel Chapel is only accessible by foot starting from the lake or village of Monieux.

You could walk on the 9km round trip circuit or with Ventoux Passion Nature guide

Essential events :

Semi-marathon de la Nesque, on the 1st Saturday of June

Nesque Voie Verte, on the 1st Sunday of June

Une journée pour  la Nesque in April

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At 650 m in altitude, Monieux is a pretty medieval village located at the entrance of the Nesque canyon.

It is extremely pleasant to stroll through the lanes lined with picturesque XVIIth and XVIIIth century houses, the Saint-Pierre XIIth century Church (Romanesque choirstalls and XIIth century cupola), vestiges of medieval ramparts, millers door, oratories, plague wall, watch tower, vestiges of XIIth century chapels, Saint-Roch chapel, arts and crafts.
A discover by foot or by bike is worth the trip or a break time around the lake where you also could fish. Bed & breakfasts, rental holiday houses and a gastronomic restaurant are waiting for you in stay.

For more information about Monieux, please contact the tourist office
+ 33 (0)4 90 64 14 14,