The Ventoux – Carpentras region of France lies in the shadow of the conical peak of Mont Ventoux. Mont Ventoux is the largest peak in the region, snow capped in winter and carpeted in the white blossom of orchards during the spring and summer. The whole region, apart from being within close proximity to the famous beaches of the Cote d’Azur, is famous for its stunning mountain scenery, known as a nature lover’s paradise where Provencial culture still lives on strong.
Vaucluse, the department in which Mont Ventoux proudly stands, is a maze of walking, mountain biking and riding trails, which run for over 4,000km. Many of these paths run through the Ventoux Mountains, following ridges, valleys and forest breaks, taking visitors to the most impressive spots, most inspiring views and most idyllic villages of the Carpentras region. The natural beauty of the Ventoux Mountains is almost overwhelming, and it is hard to imagine anywhere finer to holiday for those with an innate love of the great outdoors than Carpentras villas. Cyclists will already know the climbs of the Ventoux, which attracts a vast number of cyclists looking to test their resolve.
Carpentras villas provide guests with an unrestricted number of leisure options. The town itself is a large town, whose inner region is bursting with historical sites, beautiful ancient buildings and tree lined boulevards which simply ooze French charm. The famous cathedral that stands in the very centre of town is a marvel to behold, and the Roman Arc de Triomphe is certainly worth investigation.
Venasque is a wonderfully picturesque hilltop village, ranked among the 126 ‘most beautiful villages in France’. There is an enormous wealth of historic interest in the village, with the stunning baptistery and Saracen Towers ranking among the most impressive and important monuments within the village. The walking and climbing credentials of Venasque are fantastic, and visitors flock to the village during the summer to enjoy the many painting classes and art fairs that Venesque hosts.
The village of Flassan lies on the slopes of Mont Ventoux itself. The beautiful ochre houses and intriguing church of Notre Dame are among the most iconic symbols of Flassan, which is possibly the finest base for walkers in the region.
Bedoin boasts the best communal forest in France, which is home to over 1,000 plant and tree species. The village is fantastically picturesque, and you can happily loose yourself among the many miles of foot paths in the forest.
The Mediterranean climate of Vaucluse is a real treat. During the summer months, temperatures reach well into the 30’s (°C) on a daily basis, remaining easily warm enough to eat your evening meal outside watching the sun setting in comfort. Walking, cycling and riding holidays thrive between the beginning of May and the end of October, as conditions in spring and autumn are best suited to outdoor activity holidays; warm yet with some of the sting taken out of the midday heat.
Nimes’ Garons Airport (FNI), is just 70km from Carpentras villas at the centre of the region. Ryanair provide direct flight to Nimes from Liverpool (LPL), Luton (LTN) and the East Midlands (EMA) on a regular basis, but if these do not represent a suitable departure point, Marseille (MRS) receives a great number of flights and is just over 100km from the centre of the Ventoux – Carpentras area.