In the very heart of the Vaucluse, the town of Carpentras looks onto the Giant of Provence, and has much to offer visitors.
Once a major town of the Comtat Venaissin where Popes chose to spend time, you can still find many traces of this glorious past in and around the town centre.
Less touristy than Avignon, Carpentras nevertheless has plenty to offer visitors, with its heritage, its charming little squares and its gourmet pit-stops where gastronomy is king. At the gateway to Mont Ventoux, an area of outstanding natural beauty and its many discovery and sports activities await you.
The truffle market
Every Friday in winter, between mid-November and mid-February, the town of Carpentras is bustling with its prestigious black truffle market.
This is the meeting place for merchants, restaurant owners and brokers who come to buy the precious black diamond from local truffle growers.
The price varies from one period to the next, between €850 and €1500, and often peaks before the end-of-year festivals. Carpentras market is at the very forefront of truffle trade in Europe, as it fixes the market rate by determining the price.
La Confiserie du Mont Ventoux
Legend has it that Pope Clement V was behind the design of the Berlingot de Carpentras candied sweet.
Today, la Confiserie du Mont Ventoux confectioner’s continues with tradition while respecting ancestral expertise. The guided tour will let you in on the secrets of making this sugary sweet. Food lovers will enjoy the tasting served at the end of the tour.
Find out more: www.berlingots.net
Built in 1367 under the Avignon papacy, the Carpentras synagogue is one of the oldest synagogues still in use in France. A sizeable Jewish community settled in the town and was placed under the protection of the Pope following the persecution of the Israelite people by the Kingdom of France.
Carpentras Tourist Office offers guided tours to tell the story of the Jews in papal times, passing through the Jewish quarters and visiting the synagogue.
Bookings on: +33 (0)4 90 63 39 97
Every Friday morning, a riot of colour, flavour and scent brings the street in Carpentras town centre to life.
With more than 350 stallholders, this is one of the largest markets in the region.
Good to know: there are two free car parks (station car park or sports complex car park) where you can leave your vehicle and then take a free shuttle bus to the start of the market.
The Carpentras strawberry
The Carpentras strawberry is well known for its flavoursome qualities, due to sunny conditions and exceptional ripening.
A Strawberry Festival is held in Carpentras in May.