The natural sites of the Vaucluse

The natural sites of the Vaucluse

From terraced vineyards on the slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains, to the Nesque Gorge, not forgetting Fontaine de Vaucluse, explore the varied landscapes of the Vaucluse, within a 40km radius of your Slow Provence holiday property...

Fontaine de Vaucluse

From the bottom of the "Vallis Clausa" (or Closed Valley, which gave Vaucluse its name), the River Sorgue springs mysteriously from the depths of the Earth... With a flow of 630 million cubic metres a year, it is the most productive spring in Europe. Cool and quiet in winter and summer, surging and fast-flowing in spring and autumn, the Fontaine spring is a true wonder of nature that never ceases to amaze.


Virtual tour of the Fontaine de Vaucluse abyss : www.ssfv.fr

Other sights not to be missed:  the remains of the 14th-century castle, the crafts gallery (makers of Nativity figures or "santonniers", glass blowers, etc.), the Paper Museum, etc.


Things to do: kayaking down the Sorgue river  Canoë Evasion

Find out more : Office de Tourisme des Pays de la Sorgue

The Nesque Gorge

Listed as a "Biosphere Reserve" by Unesco, the Nesque Gorge stretches along 12km between the villages of Villes sur Auzon and Monieux.

The Nesque Gorge tourist route is a fantastic cycling trail.

On foot, you can explore the gorge and discover the 12th-century troglodyte chapel, or hike along the Mur de la Peste, erected in 1721 with the hope of protecting the Comtat Venaissin from the plague.

Monieux Tourist Office : www.ot-monieux.com
Circuit for visiting the gorge by bike : www.provence-a-velo.fr

The Dentelles de Montmirail

Located between Beaumes de Venise and Lafare, this is a small mountain chain of jagged limestone crests.

Holiday rentals nearby

Provence charming authentic holiday home with pool surrounded by vineyard

Large rental house with a piano in Provence perfect for artist's vacation

Large provençal villa rental with private swimming-pool in Southern France

Typical Provencal family home with private heated pool - pet friendly

Our other activities

Le Mont Ventoux

Standing at 1912 metres high, Mont Ventoux dominates the Provençal landscape, hence its nickname "The Giant of Provence". Here are just a few ideas of trips and activities around Mont Ventoux...

Walking through the ochre quarries of Provence...

La Provence, une région haute en couleurs! Provence is a colourful region! Ochre is sandy earth that is coloured by a pigment that comes in every shade of yellow and red. Used as a pigment since Prehistoric times, it is this ochre that gives the façades of buildings in Provence their characteristic shades!