Towns and villages of Vaucluse, Provence

You will uncover the charm and authenticity of Provence by exploring the small towns and rural villages with their fountains, former wash houses small cobbled streets and stone... Slow Provence invites you to discover the peaceful towns and villages located in the heart of the Vaucluse and Mont Ventoux region.

Aubignan is a small town in Vaucluse at foot of the Dentelles of Montmirail

Aubignan is a charming village which, with its small historic centre and wine estates, offers an authentic version of Provence and is located close to many of the region's tourist highlights.

Avignon provençal town & capital of Vaucluse and Côte du Rhône

Avignon is known as the "City of Popes", quite simply because several popes resided there between 1309 and 1411. The presence of the seat of Western Christianity led a large number of wealthy Italian merchants to the Comtat Venaissin. Many traces of this period remain, such as the Palais des Papes.

Beaumes de Venise, a charming village near Dentelles de Montmirail

Backing onto the Dentelles de Montmirail hills and well sheltered from the Mistral, Beaumes de Venise is a picturesque Provençal village that benefits from almost daily sunshine, not to mention the wineries that produce Côtes du Rhône appellation wines and, in particular, the muscat doux de Beaumes de Venise.

Bédoin at the very foot of Mont Ventoux

With the Mont Ventoux starting point, Bédoin is a favourite destination among cyclists the world over. With its plethora of small shops and its sprawling Provençal market, here you can experience a pleasant, authentic version of Provence.

Blauvac, small provençal village at the foot of the Mont Ventoux

Perched on a small hill overlooking a sea of vines, the small village of Blauvac is an ideal setting for a holiday in the quiet Provencal countryside.

Cairanne, provençal village and Côte du Rhône vintage wine

Famous for its wine, classified as a Cru of the Rhône Valley, Cairanne is a small village split in two. The old part, called the "old village", has kept its ramparts and its ancient charm. The more modern part is home to the village's shops and entertainment.

Caromb, provençal village in Vaucluse at the foothill of Mont Ventoux

Located between the Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail, the village of Caromb will enchant you with its many porches and narrow streets dating from the medieval and Renaissance periods. From the village, a magnificent panorama over the plain of the comtat is offered to you.

Carpentras, town in Vaucluse & capital of the tuffle in South of France

At the foot of Mont Ventoux, Carpentras is where the art of living meets good food. Famous for its delicious strawberries and prestigious truffle market, you can enjoy discovering the town’s heritage, but also the nearby sites of interest.

Crillon Le Brave, a perched village facing Mont Ventoux

Perched on its rocky hilltop, the village claims to have the most beautiful panoramic view of Mont Ventoux and part of the Rhône valley. Tranquillity reigns supreme here and you can get away from it all, enjoying the mild Mediterranean climate and the charm of its old stone buildings.

Entrechaux, provençal village near the Mont Ventoux

Entrechaux is a charming Provencal village dominated by its medieval castle and crossed by the confluence of two rivers: L'Ouvèze and the Toulourenc.

Flassan, tiny village at the foot of Mont Ventoux

This village, with house façades entirely rendered in ochre and surrounded by vast fields of cherry trees, is a real sight to behold and makes the trip worthwhile. This is a place that exudes all the charm of the Provençal countryside, combined with the peace and quiet that reigns in the Mont Ventoux region.

Fontaine de Vaucluse, at the source of the Sorgue

At the end of a deep green gorge, at the foot of a formidable cliff sculpted by erosion, gushes the most beautiful river of the department, the Sorgue. It is this valley, from the Latin "Vallis Clausa" (or Closed Valley), which gave its name to the Vaucluse.

L'Isle sur la Sorgue

On the fresh, clear waters of the Sorgue, the centre of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a really lovely place to stroll all year round.

Le Barroux, small medieval village in Provence behind Mont Ventoux

Perched on the hillside, the village of Le Barroux catches your eye before you even leave the road, with its majestic Renaissance château towering over it. Once you arrive, it’s a joy to saunter along its labyrinth of streets peppered with stone houses, and its magnificent viewpoint overlooking the Vaucluse from the top of the hill.

Le Beaucet, a provençal village

Le Beaucet, a small village with a big history. This Provençal village has a rich history, just like its monuments, which are a real Provençal treasure.

Malaucène, small town in Provence behind Mont Ventoux, perfect for cycling

Nestled in the hollow of a valley along the northern road of Mont Ventoux, Malaucène is a picturesque village with various amenities and a mix of heritage and nature to provide the perfect holiday setting in authentic Provence.

Malemort du Comtat

As you arrive in Malemort du Comtat, you are immediately immersed in the Provençal spirit, as you travel along the road lined with olive groves, cherry trees and vineyards surrounding the village. As you reach the centre, you feel compelled to stroll along the lanes dotted with fountains and little wash houses.

Mazan, provençal village between Mont Ventoux and Carpentras

Between vineyards and olive groves at the foot of Mont Ventoux, the village of Mazan is the perfect place to find peace and relaxation while not straying too far from the main tourist attractions and activities that the Vaucluse has to offer.

Méthamis, Perched village of Provence at the foot of the Luberon

Méthamis, a perched village in Provence at the foot of the Luberon

Mormoiron provençal village at the footstep of Mont Ventoux

Part of the Mont Ventoux biosphere park, Mormoiron is a peaceful village with a surrounding natural landscape dominated by vineyards.

Mornas, medieval village in Provence with a stunning fortress

At the foot of the 137 metre (450 feet)-high cliff, which is dominated by a fortress, the Provençal village of Mornas is bustling thanks to its medieval history, small shops and restaurants...

Pernes les Fontaines

Probably one of the pearls of the Comtat Venaissin. This village is typical for its ramparts, its fountains and its many events throughout the year.

Sainte-Cécile Les Vignes

With its vineyards as far as the eye can see, Sainte Cécile Les Vignes is a village in the Vaucluse renowned for its terroir and its vineyards which are well known in the wine world.

Saint-Pierre de Vassols

A small village with close ties to the history of Crillon-le-Brave, Saint-Pierre-de-Vassols is a little corner of Provençal countryside where holiday-makers looking for calm and authenticity can really get away from it all.

Sarrians, small provençal town in the Côte du Rhone vineyards

Situated between Orange and Carpentras, Sarrians is a small town close to all the tourist attractions of Provence and served by a host of small shops.

Valréas, small village between the Vaucluse and Provençal Drôme

Capital of the Papal Enclave, this piece of land is in the very heart of the Drôme Provençale but belongs to the Vaucluse department. Valréas is a village steeped in its past and bustling throughout the year, with many events organised by the local council.

Venasque, classed as one of "The Most beautiful villages of France"

Perched on its rocky outcrop at the edge of the Gorges of the Nesque river and the plain of Carpentras, Venasque is a village that has preserved its stone and its medieval heritage, making it one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”.

Villes sur Auzon

Villes-sur-Auzon is a real little treasure of the Mont Ventoux. Surrounded by vineyards and a pine forest, you will be seduced by the peaceful setting of this Provençal village in the shade of its long plane tree lined alleys.

The villages of the Luberon

More popular than the villages of the Ventoux, the perched villages of the Luberon are worth a visit. Come and discover the beautiful stone houses, the grandiose panoramas, and make some nice gourmet stops.

Vaison la Romaine and its ancient sites

Vaison la Romaine is a town steeped in history that welcomes many visitors every year to stroll its charming streets and archaeological sites.