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Hiking the Dentelles de Montmirail: a natural treasure trove of history and breathtaking scenery

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The Dentelles de Montmirail, located in the Vaucluse region to the west of Mont Ventoux, is a natural gem that fascinates visitors from all over the world. The Dentelles de Montmirail massif is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Vaucluse. Easily accessible but nevertheless technical, numerous trails offer grandiose views of these spectacular rock formations. This unique mountain range is distinguished by its sharp ridges, which appear to have been delicately sculpted by the hands of nature. These rock formations offer a harmonious blend of awe-inspiring scenery, history and exciting outdoor activities. If you're staying at Crillon Le Brave, don't miss out on a hike or bike ride to the Dentelles de Montmirail, a walking tour that's sure to delight.


Extraordinary geology in contrast to Mont Ventoux

The Dentelles de Montmirail stand proudly, forming a series of rocky ridges, peaks and valleys. Made of hard limestone, they bear witness to millions of years of erosion. The result is an impressive landscape of steep cliffs and unique geological formations. Hikers and rock-climbers are attracted by the diversity of routes offered by this unique Vaucluse landscape.


Breathtaking panoramas on your hike from Crillon le Brave

As you hike through the Dentelles de Montmirail, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views. From the top of these majestic ridges. Visitors can admire spectacular views of the Rhône valley, the surrounding vineyards and the region's charming hilltop villages such as Crillon le Brave. You'll have a completely different view in the Vaucluse! Whether at sunrise, when the first rays set the peaks ablaze, or at sunset, when the sky takes on warm hues, every moment spent in the Dentelles is an invitation to contemplation and wonder.


A heavenly circuit for outdoor activities in the heart of Vaucluse

The Dentelles de Montmirail is a veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Hikers can follow the many marked trails across the ridges, offering unforgettable trekking experiences. Climbers, meanwhile, will find routes suitable for all levels of difficulty, allowing them to challenge their limits while enjoying exceptional panoramas. Cyclists, mountain bikers who have come to the region for Mont Ventoux, and horseback riders are not to be outdone, with varied itineraries and changing scenery at every turn. Discover this magnificent hike recommended by our Chef Concierge.


A rich and preserved history in the massif

The Dentelles de Montmirail also have a fascinating history. Archaeological remains bear witness to human occupation of the region since prehistoric times. The ruins of medieval castles perched on the peaks tell tales of knights and lords. Walking along these paths steeped in history, visitors can immerse themselves in the past and imagine the lives of those who once trod these lands of Provence.


Our Concierge's itinerary for an unforgettable hike

Your hike begins in the heart of the village of Gigondas, famous for its renowned wines. You'll start out on a marked trail that gradually rises, already offering magnificent views of the terraced vineyards and surrounding valleys. The fresh, pure mountain air invites you to continue your ascent. As you climb, you'll be amazed by the impressive rock formations before you. The Dentelles de Montmirail are revealed in all their splendor, with ridges that seem to touch the sky. The well-maintained trails will guide you through sometimes steep, but always safe passages, allowing hikers to feel at one with nature while enjoying a challenging adventure.

Once you reach the ridges, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramas. As far as the eye can see, green valleys, hilltop villages and vineyards reveal themselves in a picture worthy of a postcard. Take the time to stop and admire these grandiose landscapes and capture these magical moments in your memory.

Your hike will take you through the emblematic passages of the Dentelles de Montmirail, such as the Pas de la Cavale and the Rocher du Midi. These passages, sometimes narrow and impressive, offer exciting challenges for climbing enthusiasts and add a dose of adventure to your route. Be prepared to push your limits and enjoy the satisfaction of overcoming these natural obstacles.

Once you've reached the peaks and explored the ridges, you'll begin the descent to the valley. The trail winds through shady forests, picturesque gorges and varied landscapes. Take time to recharge your batteries in this unspoilt environment, listen to the birdsong and enjoy the soothing atmosphere.

Your hike ends in Gigondas, where you can relax and reward yourself with a tasting of the region's renowned local wines. Settle down on a sunny terrace and let the flavors and aromas transport you into an unforgettable taste experience, as you recall the highlights of your hike through the Dentelles de Montmirail.

From November 10 to 12, 2023, take advantage of an offer including two nights' accommodation at Crillon Le Brave, as well as a buffet breakfast, a 3-course dinner with wine pairing at La Table du Ventoux, Sunday brunch including hot drinks, water and juice, as well as two guided bike tours with a follower vehicle, or two days of guided hiking. A hike in the Dentelles de Montmirail is a true invitation to wonder and adventure. From start to finish, every step brings you closer to spectacular scenery, breathtaking panoramas and a deep connection with nature. Get your hiking or biking boots, your camera and your adventurous spirit ready, because an unforgettable experience awaits you in the Dentelles de Montmirail.

The Dentelles de Montmirail are a natural treasure trove that never ceases to amaze travelers in search of adventure, beauty and serenity. With their exceptional geology, breathtaking scenery, varied outdoor activities and rich history, the Dentelles offer a unique experience to those who venture there. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a mountain sports enthusiast or a curious person eager for cultural discoveries, a visit to the Dentelles de Montmirail will leave you with lasting memories and the desire to return again and again.


Hotel Crillon le Brave opened on April 7th, 2023. To learn more about us and book your stay, visit our website or contact our reservations team at or by phone at +33 4 90 65 61 61

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