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From the Dentelles de Montmirail to the south of Mont Ventoux



Through the vineyards of Gigondas 
around the Dentelles de Montmirail

The Dentelles de Montmirail are three sharp limestone ranges that owe their name to the unique outline of their peaks, as “dentelle” means lace. Steep but not very high nor very long, these needle-thin ridges and spikes overlook vineyards that cover hillsides and small valleys all around, especially the ones of the famous Gigondas designation. During this walk you will enjoy roaming through the terraces and hiking up to the top of one of these Dentelles de Montmirail. And if you are a wine lover, you may be interested in making a stop in one of the Chateaux nearby to taste the outcome of their last harvest.

Walking time
 : 3.5 hours 
Rating : moderate (stony ground)

The western foothills of Mont Ventoux :
 walking in landscapes for painters

This itinerary offers a lovely hike in the foothills of Mont Ventoux. You will roam around the typical Provence landscapes : vineyards, olive groves and pine woods. And after reaching the top of the hill, when the view becomes wide, you will enjoy the beauty of the scenery all around : the mountain, on one side, the plain of Comtat Venaissin, on the other, with the rocky hills of the Dentelles de Montmirail, not very far.

Walking time
 : 3 hours 
Rating : leisureley (stony ground)

Gordes, its dry stone huts
and the Abbaye de Sénanque 

During this walk, you will see one of France’s most beautiful little towns, Gordes, and discover the terrific rural architecture of its surroundings : dozens of huts and other ancient farm buildings, such as cisterns, vats, ovens, and sheep shelters, all built in dry stone. Another major attraction is the Abbaye de Sénanque, nested in a narrow valley at the foot of the Mounts of Vaucluse, whose harmonious ensemble of buidings is considered as one of the purest examples of the cistercian architecture.

Walking time : 3.5 hours
(not including the visit of « Village des Bories »)
Rating : moderate (stony ground)

There is an alternative hike, if you are not afraid of a more sportive one and dream of reaching
the summit of Mont Ventoux. But it must be organised on a clear day without any strong wind. 

Walking the short trail up to the top of
Mont Ventoux, the “Giant of Provence”

This hike to the summit of Mont Ventoux (1,911m) is one of the most beautiful walking route up to the “Giant of Provence”. It is only 3 miles long, but with an elevation gain of 1,730 feet. Starting from the Mont Serein ski resort, around 1,400 m high, it climbs all the way up, mainly through a mixed forest of pine, fir and beech trees : a real alpine atmosphere. But the last kilometer is very different : you move forward through an endless scree up to the top ridge : a lunar ambiance, this time !

Walking time : 2.5 hours
Rating : challenging (significant elevation gain and scree hiking)