Malaucène Travel Guide

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Malaucène Overview

Although Malaucène is a nice little town with a medieval core, few people would visit it if it were not for the Mont Ventoux. Malaucène serves as a base for the thousands of bikers and hikers who want to clim the so-called „Giant of the Provence“. Therefore, the town has a good touristical infrastructure, though public transport is not the best.

During the time of the Avignon papacy, Malaucène was a summer residence for the popes. Little of that era is preserved, though the ruins of a fortress, the medeival church and the narrow alleys of the old town can give you an idea of how the town looked like in the 14th century. Plan half a day for the town, if you are there or somewhere in the area. It's a typical Provencal small town with a couple of extras.

Though inhabited since the neolithic age, it was a 12th century priory and the now destroyed monatery of Groseau that gave the town a certain importance. This was boosted by the Avignon Popes in the 14th century when Malaucène was picked as the seat of a summer residence. At the same time, the humanist Petrarch documented for the first time the climb of the Mont Ventoux. After the Avignon papacy, time seemed to have stopped in Malaucène. In the 19th century, the medieval city walls were pulled down to make space for expansion which never really came.

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