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Sault, the birthplace of lavender

Sault

Sault is situated on a rocky spur, dominating the eponymous valley. At the altitude of 766 meters, the municipality has the label Station Verte.

Known worldwide for the cultivation of lavender, Sault, once protect ted by fortifications, bears the traces of an intense human activity from prehistoric times on.

Sault is the ideal spot for hikes and excursions toward Mont Ventoux, the Nesque Canyon, the Toulourenc valley, the Montagne de Lure, the Luberon and other nearby sites in Drôme Provençale and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

In the old vilage, follow the walk “One hour on the wolf’s steps” and wander along the picturesque streets of the old village. The visitor will discover the emplacement of the old castle, of its battlements, its fortifications and its gates, houses from various periods : mediaval, Renaissance, 18th century. Notable among them : a remarquable arched doorway (period Louis XIII), the façade of the old hôtel particulier La Broussière. The Circuit leaflet is free and available at the Tourist Office.

The church Notre Dame de la Tour, classified monument historique, is a composite 12th century building, with a beautiful Romanesque three-bay nave, a very developed sanctuary with three radiating chapels edified during the 14th century.

The town Museum, open in July and August, is one of the oldest town museums outside of Paris, founded in 1859 by Henri Chrestian.

Place du plan d'Aurel
Sault

In the newer part of the village, the Nougaterie André Boyer, set in Sault since 1887, is an important landmark of the gastronomic heritage of Sault and of Vaucluse.

The cultural center of the « aires », is set in a renovated old windmill. It holds the town library and various exhibitions all around the year.

On the outskirts of Sault, visit the disilleries “Aroma’Plantes” and  “Vallon des lavandes”, The lavender farm, the GAEC Champelle, the Loge aux lavandes and the Savonnerie (soap workshop) en Provence.

The village sports complex has a swimming pool (open in July and August), 3 tennis courts (access all year round by booking at the café Le Siècle, tel. 04.90.64.02.17), a skate park, a soccer field and starting point for many hikes.

The top of Mont Ventoux is accessible from mid-april on, either by bike or by car. The “Giant of Provence” is only 26 kilometers off the village.

Sault

Besides the market, Wednesdays mornings since 1515, the summer period is marked by various animations, festivals, garage sales, with a culmination on august, 15th, with the inescapable lavender festival.

To find a place to stay or to eat, and for any other information, feel free to contact the « Ventoux Sud inter-municipality tourism office », site of Sault: tel. 04 90 64 01 21, sault@ventoux-sud.com

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