Althen les Paluds
Once a marsh area of Monteux used for market gardening, the village of Althen-des-Palud only emerged in the mid-19th century and was structured around its town hall, crowned by a wrought-iron bell tower. This remains the oldest part of the village.
Nowadays, small service businesses (a bank, bookshop, bakery and mini-market) share the space along three main roads which form the heart of the village.
The root of this plant, grown on the land around Althen-des-Paluds, was used to obtain a red dye . Its use on fabric once made the hamlet famous and rich, and lined the pockets of Jean Althen, who began this cultivation and later give his name to the village.
Monteux Lake is the perfect spot for a walk where you can enjoy taking it easy, sunbathing on the little beach or swimming.
In summer, you can hire paddle boards, pedalos and canoes from the Restaurant de la Dune.