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Malaucène - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vaucluse

Nestled in the Vaucluse, Malaucène is a village with many surprises. With a rich natural heritage, but also historic, the village nestled at the foot of Mount Ventoux. Gourmands and gourmets will also particularly appreciate its gastronomic heritage. Ventoux wine, goat cheeses and seasonal fruits and vegetables will delight your taste buds.

The site is occupied since the Neolithic. Then, the Romans take possession of it. A castle was born at Malaucène in medieval times soon joined by fortifications to protect the village. The rivers are controlled to feed the town without overflowing. The Groseau, the main river that crosses the territory, is then a source of economic prosperity through the construction of mills. The men channeled the energy released by the water and the industries hastened to come and establish themselves on the place. Spinning mills, milling, stationery... all are prosperous. The village today lives on agriculture, vineyards, crafts and tourism. Between old stones and a life-sized play area, the walk promises to be rich in discoveries.

Geographical information

Latitude44.1744400 (N 44° 10’ 28”)
Longitude5.1320499 (E 5° 7’ 55”)
AltitudeFrom 238m to 1132m
Surface area45.33 km²
Population2900 inhabitants
Density63 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAvignon (27 mi, 48 min)
Insee code84069
IntercommunalityCA Ventoux-Comtat-Venaissin
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Beaumont-du-Ventoux2.1 mi (6 min)
Entrechaux4.3 mi (10 min)
Le Barroux4.4 mi (9 min)
Crestet4.8 mi (11 min)
Suzette5.2 mi (13 min)
Saint-Marcellin-lès-Vaison5.5 mi (12 min)
Vaison-la-Romaine6.3 mi (13 min)
Caromb6.5 mi (16 min)
La Roque-Alric6.8 mi (16 min)
Saint-Hippolyte-le-Graveyron7 mi (14 min)
Saint-Romain-en-Viennois7.3 mi (15 min)
Modène7.4 mi (19 min)
Lafare7.4 mi (20 min)
Bédoin7.9 mi (21 min)

Things to see and do

Malaucène is the ideal place for nature sports. Between the campaigns of Beaumont-du-Ventoux, Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Serein, activities abound. It is therefore time to put on your sneakers to browse the countless hiking trails that punctuate the country. You will discover a fauna and flora quite exceptional. Mountain bikers and cyclists will also be happy. Many marked trails await you between plains and valleys. Horseback riding is also the sport of the day, as is fishing on the water. Think of the latter to bring you your fishing license. Climbers will also find climbing walls at the height of their expectations in this place where nature seems to have carved the environment so that everyone can find pleasure. It is also from Malaucène that most mountaineers leave to climb Mount Ventoux. In winter, snowshoeing takes the place of hiking shoes. Sliding sports are practiced at the Mont Serein resort.

Malaucène is also a charming village where old stones start talking about the past. The visit begins with the Saint-Michel church dating from the end of the 13th century and rebuilt in the 14th and 18th centuries. While the exterior is remarkably ornate, the interior is home to some equally remarkable treasures, including a 1711 organ and a 1880/1885 pulpit. The visit continues with the chapel Notre-Dame du Groseau built at the exit of the village towards Mont Ventoux. She is the only survivor of the monastery built in 684. It is classified as an historic monument. The old castle more like a dungeon dates from the 12th century. It has become a nightmare over the centuries. Below, you can admire the belfry whose construction took place between 1482 and 1532. You will probably go through the Soubeyran gate to join the Grand'Rue. The square is punctuated by wash houses and fountains dating from 1839 and 1861. The door Chaberlin is located to the north-west of the church and bears a Gothic inscription. Finally, the stone bench next to the Saint-Michel church measures 41.77 meters and dates from 1783.

Other vestiges punctuate the village and will decorate your visit. Among them, there is the former hotel of Espine, located next to the Chaberlin gate, the fountain of Théron, the former hotel of Saunier, the house to the Atlantes, the old town hall, the fountain rue des Trois -Visages, the old hotel of the Golden Apple, the old hotel of Brancas, the castle of Lauze, the castle of Crémessières, the door Cabanette, the Cours des Isnards, the Town Hall, the old Valouse hotel, the old hotel of Brémond, rue du Vieil-Hôpital and the passage of the Donkey.

Presence of a motorhome area.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

During November, come admire the beautiful cars compete for first place in a rally without thank you for the weekend of the ACA.

In early December, mountain bikers are out. In partnership with the Telethon, the Rando TransVentoux awaits you for mountain bike tours from Malaucène.

The Malaucène market is held every Wednesday morning since... 7 centuries. It is one of the oldest Provencal markets. In summer, it attracts a considerable crowd especially for the different qualities of cherries presented, apricots, asparagus... all produced locally. It is considered by professionals as a model of Provencal forum, which probably explains in part its success. It's worth a look and will tantalize your taste buds.

Raid Ventoux Xtreme MTB


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Notre- Dame-du- Groseau
Notre- Dame-du- Groseau
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Notre- Dame-du- Groseau - Altar
Notre- Dame-du- Groseau - Altar
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St. Michael Church
St. Michael Church
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West Summit, saw the culmination
West Summit, saw the culmination
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Madonna and Child
Madonna and Child
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Ventoux summit, seen from the crest East
Ventoux summit, seen from the crest East
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Mont Ventoux Summit
Mont Ventoux Summit
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Summit Ventoux - southeast Crete
Summit Ventoux - southeast Crete
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Mont Ventoux Summit
Mont Ventoux Summit
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Summit saw the car park
Summit saw the car park
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Saturday 17 june
Min. 16°C - Max. 30°C
Sunday 18 june
Min. 14°C - Max. 31°C
Monday 19 june
Min. 15°C - Max. 28°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Make the ascent of Mont Ventoux cycling.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Tour of a lavender distillery
Culture and educationFreeSault (14.1 mi)
Visit a lavender distillery
Local flavoursFreeSault (14.5 mi)
Tennis lessons or holiday
Sports sensations30 € Montbrun-les-Bains (15.6 mi)
Two-seat paraglider flight in Provençale Drôme
Sports sensations70 € to 120 € Mévouillon (17.2 mi)
Visit to a nougat-maker
Local flavoursFreeMontségur-sur-Lauzon (19 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Dentelles de Montmirail Massif
HikeEasy2h00Gigondas (6.1 mi)
Fountains of Pernes
Village visitEasy2h00Pernes-les-Fontaines (12.8 mi)
Olive Tree Trail
HikeEasy1h30Nyons (12.8 mi)
Around the Comtat Venaissin
Village visitEasy2h00La Roque-sur-Pernes (13.6 mi)
Lavender Path
HikeEasy1h40Sault (14.8 mi)


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