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Sault, Provence

An attractive hilltop town not far from Mont Ventoux

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Sault is not only an attractive place to visit in its own right, but it's also a great place for cyclists to base themselves as it lies just to the south east of Mont Ventoux.

Sitting on a band of rock at an altitude of 750 metres, you can enjoy the views of plenty of lavender fields below in the Val de Sault, or wander around the streets, old stone houses and squares.

History & Culture in [locality]

The village was fortified in the middle ages, and there's still an old castle here that you can visit.

Human activity here stretches back to prehistoric times. A 12th century church towers above the surrounding buildings, and you'll notice how tall some of these houses are as you wander around. In times gone by, animals were housed in the bottom storey of the house, with families living in the floors above.

Sights & Attractions in [locality]

You can pay a visit to the municipal museum whilst you're in Sault, it's one of the oldest in the region and houses an eclectic mix of paintings and artefacts.

Nearby you'll find the impressive Gorges de la Nesque which is well worth a visit and is hailed as the next most impressive gorge after the Gorges du Verdon. It's over 400 metres deep in places and has been classed as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Events in [locality]

There is a regular market in Sault every Wednesday and a Lavender festival on 15th August every year, where you can also take part in the lavender picking competition which is open to anyone to enter.

Things to do in [locality]

Cycling or hiking the mighty Mont Ventoux is on a lot of people's hit lists when they come to Sault as it's only a short distance away. You can also take a walk along the edge of the Gorges de la Nesque on a 9km circuit.

In July and August you can look over the many lavender fields in all their glory below or take a trip to one of the nearby lavender distilleries or soap making factories.

Where to stay in [locality]

There are a small handful of budget hotels in the area and a slightly larger selection of B&Bs catering to passing cyclists and travellers.


Sault is just under an hours drive from Carpentras in the west or just over an hour in the opposite direction from Sisteron, on the edge of the Vaucluse region where it meets the Alpes de Haute Provence.


Map of the surrounding area