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Considered one of the newest villages of Vaucluse, Althen-des-Paluds was created in the nineteenth century. This town in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur is located midway between Avignon and Carpentras, bordering Pernes-les-Fontaines.

Althen-des-Paluds is renowned for the cultivation of madder, which made the wealth of a certain Jean Althen who gave his name to the city. For a long time this plant was produced for its roots were used to make red dye. If this small town does not know a major tourist attraction, it does present some less beautiful sites to discover during a walk in the streets.

The village of Althen-des-Paluds nonetheless an ideal location in the Venaissin County, and offers visitors a little quiet, near the most interesting tourist places of the region.

Geographical information

Latitude44.0043360 (N 44° 0’ 16”)
Longitude4.9588240 (E 4° 57’ 32”)
AltitudeFrom 27m to 38m
Surface area6.40 km²
Population2740 inhabitants
Density428 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAvignon (17 km, 20 min)
Insee code84001
IntercommunalityCC des Sorgues du Comtat
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Entraigues-sur-la-Sorgue3.5 km (8 min)
Bédarrides8.4 km (13 min)
Monteux8.9 km (13 min)
Vedène9.2 km (13 min)
Saint-Saturnin-lès-Avignon9.3 km (13 min)
Le Thor9.6 km (14 min)
Velleron9.6 km (12 min)
Loriol-du-Comtat10.4 km (10 min)
Jonquerettes10.7 km (15 min)
Sarrians11 km (12 min)
Sorgues11.4 km (14 min)
Carpentras11.9 km (14 min)
Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne12.6 km (17 min)
Pernes-les-Fontaines12.7 km (17 min)

Things to see and do

Walking through the streets of Althen-des-Paluds you can admire the charming village church and the oldest part dating back to the nineteenth century, that of St. Albergaty. A bell installed above the town makes the originality of the municipal building.

agricultural commune, Althen-des-Paluds also reveals other important fields and orchards of all kinds. Moreover, the wild banks of the Sorgue are perfect places to stroll or enjoy recreational activities like fishing.

Events and festivities

Recent village Althen-des-Paluds do this no less different traditional events that delight young and old.

From April to September, every Friday evening, Althen-des-Paluds offers a farmers market. A Christmas market also takes place in December.

Every year in April, the village is the starting point of motor racing, Rally Venasque.

A bicycle race invades the village streets in May.

In June, the feast of St. John is the opportunity to enjoy different activities.

The votive festival of Althen-des-Paluds is held every year in July, with a carnival, cabaret shows, or the traditional flea market.

In summer, the town offers an interesting theater festival.

A painting furniture and sculpture embellishes the town in October.


Saturday 21 october
Min. 13°C - Max. 24°C
Sunday 22 october
Min. 8°C - Max. 19°C
Monday 23 october
Min. 7°C - Max. 20°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided tour by electric bike
Entertainment28 € to 179 € Avignon (13.6 km)
Private Guided Walking Tour of Avignon – 3 hours
Culture and education52 € Avignon (13.7 km)
Private Guided Walking Tour of Avignon – 4 hours
Culture and education61 € Avignon (13.7 km)
Tour of a lavender distillery
Local flavoursFreeSault (37 km)
Discovery hike in Provence
Nature and the great outdoors15 € to 25 € Sault (37 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Fountains of Pernes
Village visitEasy2h00Pernes-les-Fontaines (8.1 km)
Around the Comtat Venaissin
Village visitEasy2h00La Roque-sur-Pernes (12.3 km)
From the Spring to the Venice of Provence
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (12.7 km)
Beaumes Rouges Path
HikeEasy2h30Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (16.2 km)
Dentelles de Montmirail Massif
HikeEasy2h00Gigondas (18.7 km)


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