Sault, the lavender country, the spectacular Nesque canyon, the Mont Ventoux mountain, happiness for the eyes !
To reach Sault starting from the Clos des Sorgues, we go through Pernes-les-Fontaines, located just 10 minutes away and whose visit is very pleasant.
The gorge road begins at Villes-sur-Auzon.
Nesque river rises on the eastern slopes of Mount Ventoux and flows into the Sorgue after a journey of 70 km.
With 12 km, its depths reaching 400 m, tunnels and lookouts, this canyon is after the Verdon, the most spectacular in Provence.
And, best of all, it is relatively unfrequented !
Paths allow to reach the bottom of the canyon for a sporty ride with other sightseeings.
The village of Monieux, 6 km from Sault marks the exit of the gorge; in an exceptional site, the village deserves a stroll among old house, squares and fountains.
At a height of 766 meters , Sault is a quiet medieval village outside the summer months, where nature lovers love to stay; it overlooks a beautiful landscape of hills, where different cultures create patchworks of colors.
Lavender is here Culture Queen
In July, the lavender fields are in bloom and the area becomes a paradise for photographers.
Best period for the blooming lavender : end of june until july 15.
The mont ventoux
At the foot of the southern slope, Bedoin is the Mecca of cycling ; this is a pleasant village with a nice market, the starting point of the climb for many cyclists.
The Ventoux will probably not take its name from its exposure to the wind but it either comes from the healer peak god "Vintur" or from the Latin word Venturi, meaning "that is visible from afar."
It peaks at 1912m.
The climb from Bedoin is the most difficult because the village is only 300 meters and it remains 1612 m to climb !
It is possible to climb to the Ventoux from Sault by a pretty road that joins the Bedoin road shortly before the summit.
over 1600 m elevation, we appreciate the evolution of the vegetation up to the desert limestone summit.
The 360 ° view which one enjoys from the summit alone justifies the rise
The descent from the north slope, with more alpine vegetation offers more wild and spectacular perspectives and joins Malaucene
The village is lively during the summer season ; in the center a promontory offers great sightseeings