This part of the Vaucluse has contrasting landscapes, from the orchards and vineyards of Comtat Venaissin to the plains and plateaux at the foot of Mont Ventoux. This huge 1912 metre-high stone mountain can be seen from one side of the Vaucluse to the other, and supports an astonishingly varied landscape due to its altitude: olive trees and evergreen oaks gradually disappear, and in their place appear vines and almond trees, then mulberry trees, walnut trees and white oaks. Boxwood and savory then become the dominant species of vegetation. Afforded legendary status by its car and cycle races, its paths are well-loved by hikers.
You will not be able to resist spending a few lazy hours in beautiful villages which cling to the hillside. Two of the most beautiful villages here were awarded prizes in France's most beautiful villages competition, namely the medieval village of Séguret and Venasque, from which the name of Comtat Venaissin is derived. Other towns and villages are also worth a detour, namely Carpentras, Le Beaucet, Pernes Les Fontaines, Bédouin and Malaucène.
In their restaurants, vaults or markets, you will be able to appreciate the numerous local products that this region has to offer. France’s leading producer of fruit and vegetables also produces Côtes du Ventoux wines, the majority of which are AOC-classified. Here you can discover vintages which help make the local gastronomy so prestigious, such as Chateauneuf du Pape, the famous Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise, Séguret and Rasteau, to name but a few. The other famous speciality of Comtat Venaissin-Pays du Ventoux is Berlingot [fruit-flavoured boiled sweets] made from the leftover syrup from preserved fruit. This sweet treat was invented in 1840 by an inspired confectioner who made a coloured sweet and shaped it into a pyramid. But what would Comtat Venaissin (and particularly Carpentras) be without its famous black truffles? If the Vaucluse is a huge truffle ground, the Carpentras plain is their birthplace. The quality of black truffles from here cannot be beaten and you can buy them every Friday in winter from Carpentras market.
The favourable location of Comtat Venaissin-the Pays du Ventoux, not far away from the major road networks, makes it an ideal place to stay in terms of its quality of life. The land and know-how of the region stretch far back in time; it occupies an exceptional environment surrounded by protected nature and has a rich heritage due to five centuries of occupation by popes. To be able to immerse yourself in the smells, colours and flavours of Provence, we can offer you a selection of seasonal rental properties in Comtat Venaissin and the Pays du Ventoux, so that you can spend an unforgettable holiday at the heart of the Vaucluse.
Our suggestions... What to see/do in Comtat Venaissin-the Pays du Ventoux
Discover Mont Ventoux by following in the footsteps of Jean-Henri Fabre, the famous entomologist (discover the flora and fauna).
An original experience for children and adults alike: lose yourself in the Labyrinthe de l’Aube in Bédoin, a giant maze in a cornfield. A story and conundrums will help you find your way out of the maze.
Travel along the Ventoux chapels discovery route: these chapels are testament to the human occupation of this area. You can discover the many facets of the gigantic stone-topped mountain by crisscrossing the marked tracks or routes, guided by the attraction of a chapel or church.
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