Tourist sites and emblematics monuments
The village of Nyons is famous in the region for its olive grove which is part of the “Sites Remarquables du Goût” (Remarkable Sites for Taste) and its olive oil with Appellation d’Origine Protégée. In this town, the visitors time travels to another era. It has many buildings with remarkable architecture. The old Romanesque bridge over the Eygues is one of the emblematic buildings of the city.
The perched village of Montbrun les Bains is one of the most beautiful in France. This ancient medieval city, located 600 meters above sea level, is now famous for its thermal baths. The beneficial virtues of its water are demonstrated. The belfry, dating from the XIIIth century, still watches over the entrance to the old town. The small streets are lined with high stone houses and small fountains. By climbing one of the paved staircases, visitors can reach the remains of a Renaissance castle and enjoy a sublime view of the Mont-Ventoux and the typical agricultural landscapes of Provence.
Rochebrune is a charming flowered little village that old stones enthusiasts will appreciate. Go for a stroll and admire the pastel-colored shutters and the paved alleyways. The Saint-Michel church, whose architecture is partly Romanesque, is located near the only tower still standing of the castle of Rochebrune. Above the main entrance door, there is a scallop-shell shaped tympanum. It was recently restored as were the murals inside the church.
The numerous “calades” (arrangement of medium-sized pebbles on the street) of the village of La Motte-Chalançon have their own history. In the calade de la Contrebande, a woman, nicknamed Titine, used to live from the clandestine manufacture of matches. As for the calade du Tambourinaire, it honors the former town crier who lived around the corner and who announced to the inhabitants of the village the various events of the local life with the help of his drum.