From our hotel in Sault, discover Mont Ventoux and its many treasures. The Luberon, the hillside villages, the vineyards, local crafts: all of these are so many delights not to be missed.
Opposite the hotel, Mont Ventoux makes for exceptional views. It is our "Fujiyama", and the highest peak in the Vaucluse. Known as the Giant of Provence or the Mont Chauve (Bald Mountain) because of the absence of vegetation at its summit, it has become iconic due to its association with cycling races. It appeared on the route of the Tour de France for the first time in 1951. Since then it has seen the exploits of some of the biggest names in cycling, and many amateurs dream of ascending its flanks. The peak of Mont Ventoux is visible for many kilometres around, not just because of its isolation, but also thanks to the bright white of its limestone. It offers exceptional 360° panoramic views of the surrounding plains and, on clear days, of Mont Blanc and the Mediterranean.
In the Vaucluse, many villages were built on rocky promontories or into the flanks of hills. The village of Sault is typical of this Provençal and Mediterranean tradition. Nestling above rocky cliffs, it dominates the plain which stretches to the foot of Mont Ventoux. Many other hillside villages are within easy reach of our hotel too. Some of them are among the most beautiful villages of France such as Gordes, Ménerbes, Lacoste, Roussillon, Simiane la Rotonde, Séguret and Venasque. Each has its own particular character, with their old stone buildings, their narrow roads and their cool, shaded squares, often with fountains at their centre.
A few kilometres from the village and the Hostellerie du Val de Sault, beyond Mont Ventoux, discover the landscapes and history of the Baronnies. Now a regional natural park, the name of these lowlands derives from the Barons of Mévouillon and Montauban who, in the early Middle Ages, had obtained a degree of independence from the Count of Provence and the Dauphin. The Baronnies are known for their rich soils where lime trees, apricots, vines, olives and truffles grow. They are home to many unspoiled landscapes such as the Toulourenc Valley and towns which have remained frozen in time such as Nyons, a medieval city listed as one of the most beautiful destinations in France.
The Luberon is, without doubt, one of the most charming regions of France. With its typical Provence villages, its chateaux, its ancient and religious edifices, and its ochre stone, it offers a stunning palette of surprises and beauty. Right by the Val de Sault and to the south of Mont Ventoux, take the time to wind your way along the sinuous roads of its villages: Gordes and its majestic Abbaye de Sénanque, Menerbes and Lacoste, Gargas, a village of "ochre works", and its superb Bruoux mines, Rustrel and its famous Colorado Provençal. Make the most of your expedition to get a taste of the Luberon with its olive oil, honey, candied fruit, truffles and white, rosé and red wines.
The Toulourenc is a small river which snakes between Mont Ventoux and the Baronnies and flows along a narrow valley over the course of 30 kilometres. This valley is a haven of peace from which you can admire stunning views: the mountainous landscape of the Ventoux region, stone bridges, natural swimming pools, and gorges... in summer the river bed runs almost dry and can be walked along to discover this little slice of paradise. To take this walk from the Hostellerie du Val de Sault, head in the direction of Saint-Léger du Ventoux where you can easily get to the river, then follow it until you reach Veaux bridge. Welcome to another world!
During your stay at our hotel in Sault, there will be so many exceptional sites to visit that you will have some difficult choices to make. Vaison-la-Romaine should not be missed. On the banks of the Ouvèze, 30 km from Mont Ventoux, discover 1,000 years of history through antique, medieval and modern architecture. The emblem of Vaison-la-Romaine must be its Roman single-arch bridge which spans the Ouvèze. But there are many other sights which deserve your attention: the ancient sites of Puymin and Villasse, the Théo Desplans archaeological museum, Notre-Dame de Nazareth cathedral, the medieval city...
Listed as a UNESCO "Biosphere Reserve", the Nesque Gorges present one of the most spectacular settings of south Ventoux region. Only a few kilometres from the hotel, this grandiose wild canyon extends over 12 km and can reach up to 400 m depth. Panoramic viewing points from where you can admire the rocky cliffs are spread out along the canyon. Don't miss the 300 m high Rocher de Cire (stone of wax) which owes its name to the wild apiaries on it. Further down, by the river, visit a 12th century troglodyte chapel: Saint-Michel de Anesca.