Dominating Provence from the top of its 1,912 metres, Mont Ventoux represents a challenge for many sportsmen. This exceptional natural site, with its extremely rich flora and fauna (400 floristic genera and more than 1000 species of plants) makes it one of the must-see sites in the Vaucluse. Classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, discover the Mont Ventoux during your stay at the Hostellerie du Val de Sault. Between vineyards and orchards, this hotel welcomes you for a stay rich in discoveries under the mild sun of Provence. Discover
The Giant of Provence
Mont Ventoux takes its name from the Provençal Occitan "Mont Ventor" which means "which can be seen from afar". It is also linked to the word "windy" since when the mistral wind blows, the gusts of wind can reach speeds of 300 km/h on its crest, hence the name "col des Tempêtes". Dominating Provence, Mont Ventoux extends over 25 kilometres from west to east and 8 kilometres from north to south. It is first covered by a forest of larches, cedars and firs and then by flat stones called lauzes, making it appear to be covered in snow all year round, whereas it is only covered from December to March.
A sportsman's paradise
On foot, by bike, on horseback, on skis or snowshoes, Mont Ventoux represents a real challenge for many sportsmen. In winter, the Mont Serein resort, located on the north face of Mont Ventoux, is one of the oldest ski resorts in France, where you can enjoy downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, sledging, snowboarding and snowshoeing in a friendly atmosphere. The Ventoux area has more than 260 km of short hiking trails and 117 km of long hiking trails, during which you can enjoy an exceptional wealth of vegetation (more than a thousand species) and come across many animals. Climbing enthusiasts can practice their passion in the vicinity of the Ventoux, in the Dentelles de Montmirail, in Venasque, Malaucène and Bedoin. After a sportive day full of discoveries, you will return to your comfortable hotel in Mont Ventoux, the Hostellerie du Val de Sault.
Mont Ventoux, the mythical pass for cyclists
The "Géant de la Provence" is a thrill for even the most experienced cyclists and requires training accordingly. Facing the Giant of Provence during your stay at the Hostellerie du Val de Sault is a once in a lifetime challenge. The history of Mont Ventoux is closely linked to the Tour de France, as it has been a stage on 15 occasions. The ascent by bike can be done from Bédoin, it is the most difficult of the climbs, and therefore the most famous, it extends over 21 kilometres and includes 1600 metres of vertical drop with slopes that can reach 11.5%. The ascent from Malaucène, over 21 kilometres and 1,535 metres of ascent, includes a few areas of gentle slope for recovery. Once you reach the summit, you will enjoy a magnificent panorama of the Rhone Valley, the Vaucluse plateau, the lavender fields and large expanses of vineyards colouring the landscape...
A hotel in Mont Ventoux
Discover the Mont Ventoux, a region of character with incredible biological and landscape diversity, not far from the Hostellerie du Val de Sault. You will be able to taste the fragrant wines of the 140 or so estates of the Ventoux appellation during tasting sessions, cellar visits and gastronomic meals. With a magnificent view of Mont Ventoux, the Hostellerie du Val de Sault is a unique place in the Vaucluse, perfect for enjoying the treasures of the "Giant of Provence".
Mont Serein station : http://www.stationdumontserein.com/
Destination Mont Ventoux : http://www.destination-ventoux.com/
Mont Ventoux : http://www.lemontventoux.net/
Ventoux in Provence : http://www.ventoux-en-provence.com/