Hotel in Carpentras: About the area
Carpentras and Mont Ventoux
Carpentras is the capital of the Comtat Venaissin. The residents are called Carpentrassiens, from the Provencal word Carpentrassen. The town is settled on a plain, south of Mont Ventoux, west of Vaucluse Mountains, east of the Rhone and north of the Durance. It is located about 5 km from Aubignan and Mazan, 25 km from Avignon and about 1hr 05 from Aix-en-Provence. Paris is about 8 hr from Carpentras (or 2hr 45 from the TGV Avignon station).
It is accessed from Avignon from the south-west by the D942 (dual carriageway), Pernes-les-Fontaines from the south by the D938, Venasque from the south-east by the D4, Mazan from the east by the D942, Ventoux by the D974 or the D938 from the northeast, Aubignan from the north by the D7 and Sarrians from the north-west by the D950.
Mont Ventoux, the "Giant of Provence" culminates at 1911 m.
Its name comes from the Occitan provençal word "Mont Ventor" which means "that is seen from afar".
Mont Ventoux dominates our department and overlooks the Alps in the North, and the Mediterranean in the South. It is a rich land covered by vineyards, orchards, lavender, perfect for a holiday... or forever! It is also a sportsman heaven with the personal and physical challenge of climbing by bike or hiking; In winter, it is transformed into a mountain station where you can enjoy skiing and snowshoeing.
As an off the chart mythical pass, it attracts both amateur and professional cyclists since the bike was invented! Glorious or sad, beautiful pages of the history of the Tour de France have been written in its sharp bends. Every year, thousands of cyclists from around the world defy it.
Isle sur la Sorgue and Fontaine de Vaucluse
Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue is one of the must-see places in Provence.
Located 17 km from Carpentras, enthusiasts of flea markets and art galleries will be in their elements there. There are almost 300 antique dealers in this small town !
Twice a year, at Easter and on August 15, more than 500 antique dealers and second-hand dealers gather here to present their treasures to a clientele that comes from all over the world.
The town is crossed by several canals fed by the Sorgue. The river extends its two long arms around the city. You will discover all its charm by strolling along the canals that squeeze between the narrow old streets. You will span over small bridges and gaze upon moss-covered mill wheels driven by the Sorgue.
You can also enjoy the Provençal market on Thursday and Sunday mornings.
Fontaine de Vaucluse is probably one of the most visited natural sites of the Vaucluse: in summer, the streets of Fontaine are invaded by the crowd and souvenir shops are stormed...
To stroll quietly in the charming alleys of the village it is better to start early morning.
This success is mainly due to the very impressive spring that flows at the foot of a 230 m high cliff. This gigantic fountain is the most powerful in France (and the fifth in the world) with an annual water flow of 630 million cubic meters.
Its generally calm green-emerald waters in summer become torrential in times of flood (in autumn and spring). In all seasons, secondary sources feed the river and form a very beautiful lake that’s shaded by immense plane trees.
You will be stunned by the beauty of the site and the enchantment that can be experience walking along the Sorgue and its green banks.
The Ochre Trails in Roussillon and the commune of Vaison-La-Romaine
Located 35 km from Carpentras, the famous Ochre Trail in Roussillon makes it one of the most attractive hilltop villages in Provence.
Ochre is a natural pigment mixed with the sands of the cliffs. Its iron oxide content gives it a yellow and purple colour. This mineral landscape has been shaped by both human and natural erosion.
Two trails (short and long) offer a 30-minute or a 60-minute visit, but you can also admire it for as long as you want... Discreet desks can be found throughout out the trip where you can learn more about the geology, the flora, the history, the ochre massif of Luberon...
After the trail, take some time to visit Roussillon.
The village is ranked among the most beautiful in France, it does not look like anyother. Along its narrow streets and staircases, contemplating its facades, oftensimple and naturally beautiful, you can admire the thousand-year old know-how. Here man has been able to blend into the splendour of a generous nature.
Located 28 km north of Carpentras, Vaison-La-Romaine is one of the unmissable sites of Haut Vaucluse. The city has various facets that make up its personality and beauty and make it an attractive city for the residents and visitors.
At the foot of Mont Ventoux, benefiting from a Mediterranean climate, the city covers 2700 ha in the heart of a generous and green environment.
Listed as one of the 100 Most Beautiful Détours of France, Vaison-la-Romaine owes its fame to its heritage.
Surrounded by seven hills (like Rome), Vaison-la-Romaine is crossed by the Ouvèze river. On the right bank, there are two districts, the site of the former Roman colony and the contemporary part of Vaison. Archaeological excavations have revealed immense and luxurious Gallo-Roman residences with a very elaborate interior layout.