Le Groseau and Le Vallon des Gipières

Tourist service in Malaucène :

Depart from Malaucène village centre for a 2-hour walk. From Roman times to the present day, the Groseau site has played host to holidaying Popes and poets, furthering the region's economic development. The forest of Groseau is one of Vaucluse's Protected Natural Sites.
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To the east of the village of Malaucène, visiting the Groseau site and the vale of Gipières (where they used to mine gypsum) plunges you right into the village's religious and industrial past.
On this walk you will see Groseau chapel (12th century) and the eponymous spring. Just before the spring, the footpath (white/red markings) takes you to the former Plâtrières gypsum mine, which was open from 1920 to 1955.
(site now closed).
Then, little by little, the natural environment became more wild, and now offers typical mountain landscapes. There's also the chance to see well-protected wildlife: the short-toed treecreeper (a pretty passerine bird with a beak adapted to picking insects from tree trunks), the sardinian warbler with its black head that lives in the undergrowth, or even (with a bit of luck) the splendid short-toed snake eagle which feeds on small snakes and is distinguished by its majestic flight.
Guidebook available in intercommunal Ventoux Provence Tourist Office information points.

"When visiting a Protected Natural Site, take suitable measures and behave appropriately: do not remove species, do not pick flowers, collect your litter, stay quiet so as not to disturb the wildlife, and keep to marked paths."

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Dates and times

All year round.


Free access.

Languages spoken

  • French


Le Groseau and Le Vallon des Gipières
Parking "Rue Pétrarque", sur la D974
84340 Malaucène
Tel : View number 04 90 65 22 59
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Longitude : 5.13444
Latitude : 44.173069