Caromb, provençal village in Vaucluse at the foothill of Mont Ventoux
The village of Caromb is a tight network of narrow streets surrounded by its old medieval fortifications. To enter, you pass through one of the many ancient gates. As you stroll through, enjoy the many fountains, old stones and remains such as the belfry or the ruins of the old château en route. But don’t be fooled; the calm that reigns here is but an illusion. Life here may seem peaceful, but the residents of this sleepy village are out in the surrounding countryside, working hard on the farming land. Here, the vine is king, and shares its throne with the fig and cherry trees that represent heavy toil for those who grow them.
The fortified village
Walking around Caromb is like stepping back in time, as the village is still home to many preserved remains from its past, making for a fascinating place to wander.
You will pass beneath its many gates and archways from the medieval period, and through the Place du Cabaret, where the door of the old 15th-century château still stands, alongside the Fountain of King Midas dating back to the 18th century and its 16th-century belfry boasting a beautiful wrought iron bell and the traces of an oil mill still visible on the ground floor of the tower.
The Paty Lake
Less than two miles from Caromb, this 18th-century dam built to irrigate the farm fields is now a tourist's paradise where fishing enthusiasts, swimming fans and sun worshippers find their happy place (please note: swimming is not supervised by lifeguards). In the summer season, many events are organised here, including balls, accordion dances and the tango festival in late July. A kiosk is open throughout the day for cool refreshments. Le Paty lake is the starting point of many walks and hikes for exploring the area and its surrounding hills.
To find out more and see upcoming events, visit: www.lacdupaty.fr
La Noire de Caromb
Caromb boasts a very impressive fig production (of around 100 tons a year), known as "La Noire de Caromb".
The Caromb fig is renowned for being very sweet, yielding a good harvest and is the perfect addition to dishes as it's so easy to cook.
Every year in mid-July, La Fête de la Figue (Fig Fest) takes place in the village, where tastings, flavour workshops, activities and a procession are organised in a very convivial atmosphere, around an artisan market where all the produce is made from the fruit (jam, condiments, etc.).