By Chris Smith

Wednesday 21st February 2018

Sault, Provence


 

If you’re a cyclist heading for Sault, the odds are that you have Mont Ventoux in your sights. Unlike mountains in the Alps or the Pyrenees, the “Giant of Provence” with its moon-like summit stands alone on the horizon. But while Sault is a great base from which to ride the legendary climb from any one of its three routes, there is also beautiful riding all around the area – in particular the breath-taking Gorges de la Nesque.

 


Where to Ride?

There are three ways up to the summit of Ventoux - perhaps the most picturesque and least arduous approach is from Sault which begins by winding through the lavender fields. The classic approach to Ventoux begins in Bedoin, while the third route goes via Malaucène and can often be a more sheltered route on windier days.

Where to Stay?

Staying is this charming old hill top village is like a step back in time. Our pick of the hotels are Hotel d'Albion or Hostellerie du Val de Sault. Contact us if you have any questions about either. 

Where to Eat?

The Boulangerie on the corner of the D950 and D942 in the centre of town does the best freshly made sandwiches for lunch!

What to do, other than ride?

Other than cycling and spending time in the town,take a tour of the lavender fields, or vineyards that scatter the area.  In the summer there are plenty of open-air markets offering all of the best produce that the area has to offer.

What Climb not to miss?

The Giant of Provence, Ventoux.

What you didn't know about Sault?

The biggest Lavender festival is held here on the 15th of August where all things lavender are celebrated.

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