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Ventoux castles’ route

Let’s head out to discover the Ventoux castles. Some are still standing, architectural buildings standing proud from another time, others are in ruins, but all offer a window onto the past. For pretty façades or old strongholds revealing a remarkable panoramic view, there’s choice all over the département!

4 hours

Distance :
36 Km

Entrechaux

Le Barroux

Towards the Drome

At the border between Vaucluse and the Drome, after Crestet, a feudal castle still watches over the little village of Entrechaux.

The owner is restoring the site, but its ramparts, dungeon, cisterns, and chapel can all be visited, and you can learn about the renovation project.

It’s very interesting, and more than anything conducive to a walk around the surroundings, particularly as far as the gorges de la Nesque below.

Practical information

  • Guided tours of the castle restoration site with the owner can be arranged year-round on 00 33 (0)6 27 84 59 97.

In the Comtat Venaissin / Le Barroux

Let’s head further South now, after Malaucène, to stop at Le Barroux castle.

Let’s admire the view of the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux, the vines and orchards, and see the strong silhouette of 12th-century fort appear, flanked by its dungeon and defensive walls: Le Barroux Castle.

The young owners have been restoring it, and have developed a whisky distillery there using einkorn. The premises are open to the public and guided tours are organised.

Fall in love…

  • The artisanal distillery uses ancestral equipment, like a 1928 alembic brought back into use!
  • Tour included in the Vaucluse Provence Pass.

In the Comtat Venaissin / Le Beaucet

Even further to the south, after Carpentras, let’s stop off in the very pretty perched village of Le Beaucet.

Only the ruins are left, but its overhanging old fortified walls dominate all of the plain.

Practical information

  • The castle esplanade is open every day with automatic opening every day at 8 am and automatic closing at 6 pm (winter time) or 7 pm (summer time). Free admission.