Discover the new Trail Ventoux destination
Trail running, challenging yourself and respecting nature
Classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and now protected by a regional nature park, Mont Ventoux has long been a fantastic playground for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Its slopes, valleys and ridges are the delight of trail runners, more and more of whom are familiar with and appreciate its topography and the technical nature of its rocky trails. Running in a natural environment, over long distances and on uneven terrain, is a favourite pastime here, with a diversity of landscapes and incomparable viewpoints. Whatever your level or desire, there's bound to be a trail to suit you!
The new Trail Ventoux destination
The Mont Ventoux Regional Nature Park has been awarded the Uni'vert trail label, a certification awarded by the French Athletics Federation to areas that commit to creating permanent trail areas, and now boasts more than 300km of waymarked trails spread over 19 safe routes. Varying in length (from 8 to 50 km) and technique, they all offer superb views of the massif or the surrounding villages: the Limon hill in Mormoiron, the Ermitage combe in Villes-sur-Auzon, the Peste wall in Méthamis, the Venasque departmental forest, the lavender fields and the hilltop village of Sault, etc. You can already download the trail map from the Regional natural park of Mont Ventoux website.
Major annual trail events
Several events have become emblematic stages in the calendar for trail runners, bringing together thousands of runners every year on the slopes of the Giant of Provence! In 2024, no fewer than 10 races will be held here. These include the now-famous Trail du Ventoux (9 and 10 March), with its four routes ranging from 15km to 75km, starting in Bédoin; the Grand Raid du Ventoux (27 and 28 April), with four routes ranging from 27km to 125km, starting in Malaucène; and the Ultratour du Mont Ventoux (6 September), which, as its name suggests, invites you to run all the way round it, covering some 169km and 6300m of ascent! Get your race numbers!
After the effort, the comfort
Whether you're planning a solo weekend or a holiday in the Vaucluse, or you're taking part in one of the major events organised throughout the year, Slow Provence agency will always be able to find a cosy spot close to the trailheads where you can recover from your efforts.