Malaucène is a small and dynamic village in the heart of some of the best biking and hiking anywhere. Mont Ventoux, legendary as a grueling Tour de France stage as well as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, stands majestically to the south and east. The craggy Dentelles de Montmirail, covered in fragrant thyme and rosemary, rise just to the west and the soft, rolling hills of les Barronies lie to the north.

From your door you can enjoy scores of biking routes, from leisurely to challenging to downright maniacal.  Hiking and walking trails surround you and can be reached directly from your house on foot, or after a short drive.  Rock climbing, horseback riding, and other activities can be arranged, all within a few minutes from Malaucène.

The surrounding countryside is dotted with chapels and churches, Roman bridges and aqueducts, castles, vineyards, fruit orchards and classic Provencal villages where weekly markets overflow with produce and wares. Enjoy the quiet dignity of Vaison-la-Romaine, the bustle of the important market town of Carpentras and the historic town of Avignon.

Come and discover Provence’s celebrated, magical light.  See Provence of the Popes, Provence of the Romans, of the Kings and Emperors.  Come with us to experience fabulous biking, hiking and walking, savor local cuisine, and discover the Provence that inspires passion.

The Avignon Popes came to Malaucène in the 14th century to drink the sweet, natural spring waters of the Groseau, prized to this day.

With outdoor cafés animating the main street, and the comforting presence of the Mont Ventoux,  this picturesque Provençal village is an ideal destination for an active and inspiring vacation.

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