Departement of the Alpes de Haute Provence - Pop.: 250 inh. - Altitude : 1,000 m.
From Gap take the D900b as far as Tallard, then take the D46 for 1 km to join the D346 and finally the D85.
You reach Venterol via a narrow well tarred road that winds its way through the fields and the undergrowth.
The village is located astride a wind beaten pass (which may have something to do with its name Vent=Wind).
It only comprises a few scattered houses and barns at the foot of Monsérieux (1,696m) and Serre Brouchon (1,476m).
Venterol is planted with poplars, vines, fruit trees, firs and larches, it seems undecided between the Alps and Provence, between countryside and mountain, and it benefits from a fertile natural environment.
It would appear that it is still farmed by a handful of farmers, if the bales of hay waiting in the fields are anything to go by, even if some of the barns have been abandoned, and there's an old tractor rusting in a broken down shed, overgrown with nettles.
No, not all the houses have been abandoned, a tremor in a curtain on an old window is there to prove it.
And several of these noble stonework buildings are even restored to perfection, in particular, the one housing the rural gîte which is surely a lovely spot to spend a few days, ideally place for outdoor pursuits...
This place is for lovers of the countryside, the real countryside!
What to see:
Ruins dating from medieval and feudal times.
Cross-country skiing in winter.
Numerous hiking paths.
The "sentier des Contes" (Tales' path) starting from Archidiacre bridge : "Life in feudal times",
an itinerary on foot and by car (9 hours), a real adventure to enjoy with the family
All you have to do is buy the "magic booklet" (30 euros) and off you go on a journey to "the country where rocks talk"!
Information from the tourist office at La Motte du Caire.
Gites, gite for hikers, holiday rentals.
Bed and breakfast.
Neighbouring towns and villages:
Piegut (4 km) and Curbans (8 km).