Malaucène Travel Guide

  • View from the old fort
    View from the old fort
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  • Calvaire / Fort, Malaucène
    Calvaire / Fort, Malaucène
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  • View from the Calvaire
    View from the Calvaire
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Malaucène Things to Do

  • Simpson Memorial

    Simpson Memorial, marking the spot where British cyclist Tom Simpson lost his life while climbing Mont Ventoux during the Tour de France on 13 July 1967. We were here in 2004.

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  • The Mont Ventoux

    This is probably the reason why you are here in Malaucene. The legendary mountain with the nickname “Giant of the Provence“ is a popular destination for bikers and hikers and a myth to Tour de France – fans. The view from Mont Ventoux is marvellous, the lack of vegetation close to the summit gives it the air of a lunar landscape with forests in the...

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  • Old Town

    Malaucène's old town is pretty small and has not changed for centuries. Beside visiting the fort and the church, it is worth to walk through the old narrow streets of the town which due to the town's size will not take very long. Things worth to notice include the old town hall and a chapel which has been converted into a garage, both at the...

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  • St. Michel Church / Eglise St. Michel

    Eglise St. Michel was built on order of Pope Clement V who had his summe residence here. The construction of the church started in 1309. From outside, it looks like a military structure solid and with few ornaments. Indeed, it was part of the town's fortifications. Unfortunately, I did not the chance to see it inside. There, you will find elaborate...

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  • Fort / Calvaire Malaucene

    Surprisingly little is known about this fort which was most probably built in the 12th century. It grew to some importance during the Avignon Papacy in the 14th and 15th century, according to documents some gardens existed next to it as well as a 22 metre high tower. The fort was destroyed in the 17th century, leaving only the base intact. In 1828,...

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  • Climbing Mont Ventoux

    There are 3 different approaches. You can leave from Malaucene, and climb from there, or start in Bedoin and get a hell of a ride, the same than the boys of the Tour de France would use, or also take it in 2 stages, sleep over in Sault, east of the mountain, at 700 m altitude, and attack the rest of the mountain the next day and descend into...

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  • Take a walk around town

    The main street is a rather boulevard type street with many pretty restaurants. The town has nice streets to explore, and some nice architecture. Currently the town was restoring some of it's older buildings.

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  • Walk to the top of Town

    There is an old tower at the top of the hill of Malaucine that gives exquisite views of the town and surrounding countryside. The walk takes 5 minutes and is quite easy.

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  • Biking up Ventoux, sweet victory

    The picture at the top is priceless. You win. You did it. All 1912 m of it. Go ahead and celebrate now...

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  • Biking up Mont Ventoux

    The last 6 kilometers will be the t oughest, you may want to stop at Chalet Reynard and refresh, fill up your water bottles and take a bit of eneergy before continuing... Good luck!

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  • The view up Mont Ventoux

    You will have a great view over the surroundings. It can be fairly windy so be careful. Weather unpredictable. Cameras a must.

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  • Tom Simpson memorial on the way up...

    Tom Simpson died of a heart attack while racing the tour de France, on the way up Mont Ventoux in 1968 if my memory is good. A memorial was placed and since then cyclists from around the world come and pay tribute to the man and leave behind some memento reated to cycling... Water bottles, cycling caps, bandanas, shoe laces, etc...

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Malaucène Restaurants

  • Good to enjoy a coffee or a beer

    This place is more a bar than a cafe or restaurant and you will quickly see that beer and wine are dominating here. Nice place, if you just want to relax over a pint or two. although it may not look as welcoming as some other places, it is a good choice. Staff was friendly and assisted me in contacting the reception of the neighbouring Blueberry...

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  • Good local dishes

    The restaurant of Hotel Blueberry has a good range of local dishes and welcomes everyone, even if you are not in sleeping the hotel. This makes the audience very mixed,ranging from bikers and hikers to business guests or local costumers coming for a beer. The Assiette Provencale was delicious and exactly what I needed after having climbed on the...

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  • Good homemade pizza!

    The people at this small family-run pizzeria really know what they are doing. Everything is freshly made and tastes as good as it looks. Your pizza will be served in a relaxed atmosphere where everyone – ranging from Mont Ventoux bikers and hikers to people dining out with a good glass of wine are welcome. I have been there in the evening only, but...

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Malaucène Transportation

  • From/to Mont Ventoux

    Basically, there are three different ways to get from Malaucene to the Mont Ventoux:By car/motorcycle: From the Southeast of Malaucène, Road D974 leads up to the summit. The distance is 21,5 km.By cycle: Road D974 has a cycle lane on the right hand side for those going to the Mont Ventoux. Though this is not the normal Tour de France Route (that's...

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  • By bus to Malaucène

    Getting to Malaucène by public transport is not really easy. The bus connection is rather made to get the children to and back from school rather than shipping tourists around.Line 11 connects Malaucène up to five times a day with Vaison la Romaine and Carpentras. The latter is the local transport hub with very frequent connections to Avignon. Note...

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  • You can easily get lost driving to...

    Make sure you have a fabulous, detailed map. We got lost initially driving to Malaucine, and literally drove completely around Mt. Ventou. When driving to Malaucine, you must go left under the aquaduct from Carpentras, and then past Le Barroux. That is the best and fastest way to arrive. I would highly suggest driving the roads during the daytime,...

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Malaucène Warnings and Dangers

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    by pigletsmom Updated Oct 30, 2004

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    During the summer months, there are windy conditions in Southern France called the Mistrals. They are hot dry winds
    that can be fierce. These conditions were in existence when
    i visited this past June. The winds create horrible conditions for allergy sufferers. I was miserable all week, but the last day I literatally had to go to the Vaison La Romaine emergency room and be put on sterroids. My eyes wers so swollen, I looked really ill and disturbed. I do suffer from allergies, however this was by far the worst symtoms I had ever experienced. If I go back to Southern France in the summer, I will bring prescription steroids, and take them the first sign of allregies as a precaution. I'm not into prescription medications, but this was a neccessity. It was really horrible, and i suggest anyone who suffers from allergies to take precautions.

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Malaucène What to Pack

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    by Pieter11 Written Dec 18, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: If you are a cyclingfan, you will remember the terrible death of Tommy Simpson almost at the top of the Mont Ventoux. You have to bring a bottle with you, or flowers, or a medail or what so ever. It is a custom to leave something as a sign of respect for Tommy Simpson.

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Malaucène Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit the lovely town of Vaison La...

    Don't miss Vaison La Romaine if you are in the area. Lovely old medieval section of town is really quaint and very pretty.Some of the oldest and most intact Roman ruins in all of France. Very nice shopping. Just down the road from Malaucine. For more tips visit my VT page on Vaison La Romaine.

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  • Visit the medieval village of Crestet

    Incredible village between Maulacine and Vaison La Romaine. The town is set on a hill which offers spectacular scenery. Very beautiful hike if you park near the main road and walk up the hill to the town. This little village is extraordinary.

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  • Lovely Medieval Castle and Town

    Visit the pretty town of Le Barroux, just about 15 minutes away. The castle is very beautiful with lovely views of the countryside. The town is very picturesque with no tourisits.

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Malaucène Favorites

  • General Orientation

    Malaucene is a small town which is popular for bikers and hikers wanting to climb the Mont Ventoux. Hotels, restaurants and cafés are abundant for a town of its size. Most of them – together with the only supermarket - are located at the main street, Course des Isnards, to the east of the old town. The tourist information and the post office are in...

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  • Lots to see in the area

    There are many lovely villages and sites to see around Malaucine, it makes for a great place to make your base to explore the region. There are the larger cities of Avignon, Arles, Orange and even Cassis, that can be easily reached by Malaucine, but the real beauty are the closer, smaller, less touristy villages of the region. Finding a new and...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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